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Obama secures 41 votes in support of Iran deal

41 Votes for iran deal securedPresident Barack Obama is headed for a big win on his nuclear deal with Iran as long as Harry Reid can convince fellow Democrats to play procedural hard ball this week.

Obama now has enough support in the Senate to reject a motion disapproving of his nuclear accord with Iran, after three key Democrats said they would back the agreement on Tuesday morning in an apparently coordinated messaging blitz just after 11 a.m.


Debbie Wasserman Schultz Endorses Iran Deal

Debbie WassermanU.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, who heads the national Democratic Party, has announced she will support the controversial Iran nuclear deal that is a top priority for President Barack Obama but has faced widespread voter criticism, including in Florida.

In a five-and-a-half page statement released exclusively to the Miami Herald on Sunday morning, Wasserman Schultz wrote that after wrestling with the agreement she still has concerns but will support it.


Dem Sen. Cardin opposes Iran deal

Ben CardinSen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday that he will oppose the Iran nuclear deal, making him the third Senate Democrat to come out against the agreement.

"This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "The JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] legitimizes Iran's nuclear program. After 10 to 15 years, it would leave Iran with the option to produce enough enriched fuel for a nuclear weapon in a short time."


Obama gets Iran deal win as Senate Dems amass enough votes

Iran deal sewn upPresident Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and the government of Israel.

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor of the agreement.

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,” Mikulski said in a statement. She called the accord “the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal.”


Iran nuclear deal poised to go ahead after key Democratic votes secured

Ben CardinThe Iranian nuclear deal is poised to clear remaining political hurdles in Washington after key Senate Democrats indicated there was now enough support in Congress for Barack Obama to withstand any Republican-led effort to block it.

Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, regarded as a critical swing vote, became the 32nd Democrat to declare his support on Tuesday for the deal, which will ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for steps aimed at preventing it from developing a nuclear weapon.


Pro-Clinton group re-ups demand for Trey Gowdy to turn over his emails

Trey GowsyA letter from Correct the Record founder David Brock, sent Wednesday and shared exclusively with POLITICO, follows another sent March 11 in which Brock also urged Gowdy to release his own private and work-related email as he called for Clinton to turn over her server.

Clinton’s campaign earlier this month turned over the server that the former secretary of state used for email correspondence during her time at the State Department, along with a thumb drive containing the work-related emails.


Iraq War vet praises Iran nuclear deal as list of supporters grows

Seth MoultonDemocratic Rep. Seth Moulton, who served four tours of duty in Iraq before his election to Congress from Massachusetts last fall, has provided the White House a testimonial in favor of the Iran nuclear deal designed to counter criticism from some Iraq War veterans, POLITICO has learned.

“As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war. It is something I still carry with me today,” Moulton writes, arguing that no better deal is possible and that rejecting the deal increases the odds of military action.

Moulton had endorsed the deal earlier this month. But the White House is eager to amplify support for the agreement from a Marine who served in Iraq, where Iranian commanders backed Iraqi militias that killed hundreds of U.S. troops.


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