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  • Senate Democrats line up behind Iran nuclear deal

    4 hours ago

    Another senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress.

    Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the...

  • What monkeys can teach us about politics

    6 hours ago

    Whenever I find myself in a contentious academic meeting or I see clips of Congress trying to pass (or kill) a bill, I am reminded of capuchin monkeys.

    Don’t get me wrong –I respect my colleagues, and don’t consider politicians to be sub-human. It’s just that the monkeys I have...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    1 day ago

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Two more Democratic senators back Iran deal, leaving Obama one vote shy of victory

    1 day ago

    Two more senators said they will support the Iran nuclear deal, leaving President Barack Obama just one vote shy of the number needed to stop any efforts to quash the agreement in Congress.

    The announcements on Tuesday by Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of...

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  • Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

    5 days ago

    As Congress weighs the Iran nuclear agreement, confidence that Tehran will comply must be high on its agenda. Because the revolutionary regime has a history of cheating on nuclear deals, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to ensure compliance...

  • Opposition to Iran deal grows among U.S. Republicans

    6 days ago

    Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obama sought to win approval for the deal.

    The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed...

  • Israelis aren’t unified on Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    One of the strongest arguments the Jewish opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have wielded is that Israelis are unified in their opposition to it.

    If the famously fractious Israelis all agree that the Iran deal is bad, they argue, it must really be awful. This line of reasoning...

  • Chris Christie, appearing with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, slams Iran deal

    1 week ago

    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie at a news conference alongside Jewish leaders including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach urged Congress to block the Iran nuclear deal.

    Christie, the governor of New Jersey, at the Rutgers University Chabad House in New Brunswick, New Jersey,...

  • Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

    The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and...

  • Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama is gradually building support in Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it.

    Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either...

  • Nadler supports Iran deal following Obama letter

    2 weeks ago

    Despite recognizing perceived faults in the Iran nuclear deal, Congressman Jerrold Nadler announced his support for the agreement, citing “in large part” his support for Israel.

    The Democrat Jewish lawmaker from New York had withheld his support for the deal for over three weeks,...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    2 weeks ago

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • Senate majority leader: Congress likely won’t overcome Iran veto

    2 weeks ago

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said the Congress would likely not muster the two-thirds majority needed to reject the accord over Iran’s nuclear program.

    To reject the agreement, a majority of Congress would need to vote against it, which is likely, and then garner a...

  • What if there’s no deal?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 5, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    If you oppose the Iran deal, you have to ask yourself one question: So then what?

    Saying the deal stinks without offering an alternative is not a thoughtful position, it’s an empty slogan.

    Until now, the debate has really just been a piling-on against the deal.  Supporters are...

  • What can Iran hide in 24 days?

    August 5, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Congress has until mid to late September to decide whether to reject or approve the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here’s a breakdown...

  • Netanyahu asks U.S. Jews to oppose Iran nuclear deal

    August 4, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to rally U.S. Jews on Tuesday against the Iranian nuclear deal championed by President Barack Obama and facing review by Congress, saying it risked a catastrophic Middle East war.

    In a webcast organised by Jewish groups in North...

  • U.S. Democrats see ‘fire wall’ holding to preserve Iran deal

    August 3, 2015 | 11:19 am

    U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.

    By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer...

  • Congressman Adam Schiff, a Jewish Democrat, announces he will support Iran deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 3, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles congressman who serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, announced Monday morning that he plans to support the Iran nuclear deal. Schiff, who is Jewish with a record of strong support for Israel, serves a district that stretches...

  • Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

    July 30, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran's nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms.

    Israel plans to lobby the U.S. Congress not to...

  • How Rep. Adam Schiff weighs the Iran pact vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 29, 2015 | 11:25 am

    As he prepares to decide on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks to advocates on both sides of the controversy. He consults well-informed, open-minded experts. From his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, he digs deep into classified details. Schiff knows...

  • Right, Left and Center Condemn the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 28, 2015 | 11:28 pm

    With more and more voices from the right, left and center decrying the deal with Iran, it is not surprising that a majority of American's in recent CNN poll are against the deal. The more you read the agreement, and study the issues, the more you cannot help but realize that this...

  • Kerry warns U.S. Congress that scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

    July 28, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday he wanted to set the record straight on the Iran nuclear deal and equated walking away from the agreement to giving Tehran a fast track to a nuclear weapon.

    "There are conclusions that have been drawn that don't in fact...

  • New poll: U.S. Jews support Iran deal, despite misgivings

    July 23, 2015 | 1:02 pm

    By a wide margin, American Jews support the recently concluded agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program, and a clear majority of Jews wants Congress to approve the deal. In fact, as compared with Americans generally, Jews are more supportive of the “Iran deal,” in large...

  • Rouhani assures critics nuclear deal is good for Iran

    July 23, 2015 | 9:39 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended Iran's nuclear deal with world powers after it came under attack from conservatives at home, arguing on Thursday it reflected the nation's will and was "more valuable" than carping over the details.

    While many Iranians hope last week's...

  • Stop this Iran deal, get a better one

    By Sam Yebri

    July 22, 2015 | 11:44 am

    There’s an old Iranian joke: Ask an Iranian “What’s two plus two?” and he will answer, “It depends on whether I’m buying or selling.” We Iranians take pride in our bazaari mentality. Nothing pleases us more than a successful negotiation. For decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran...

  • Will the nuclear deal impact California’s sanctions against Iran? It appears not

    By Jared Sichel

    July 22, 2015 | 11:11 am

    As Congress debates whether to approve the Obama administration’s agreement to lift many of the United States’ sanctions against Iran in return for a temporary curb on its nuclear program, one particular paragraph in the 159-page deal has activists and politicians in California...

  • Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

    July 17, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    Israel signalled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

    Israel gets $3 billion in annual military aid from Washington under a package due to...

  • Obama calls Iran deal historic chance to pursue safer world

    July 15, 2015 | 10:49 am

    President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, said on Wednesday the agreement represented a historic chance to pursue a safer world.

    During a White House news conference, Obama said, "Without a deal, the...

  • Israel to lobby Congress — and reconsider a strike

    July 15, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program hundreds of times — most notably in a March speech in Washington, D.C.,  to a joint session of Congress. Now that the agreement is signed, experts say Netanyahu has one way left to block...

  • Deal or no deal? A busy road ahead for Congress

    By Ryan Torok

    July 15, 2015 | 9:52 am

    The region’s Democratic Congressmen are speaking out about the Iran nuclear deal forged by a Democratic president — with reservation.

    Speaking to the Journal hours after the landmark deal was announced on July 14, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)...

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