Obama closer to securing the Iran deal

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US President Barack Obama waves after delivering a speech on the nuclear deal with Iran, at American University's School of International Service, in Washington DC, USA, 05 August 2015. Obama urged Americans to accept a controversial nuclear deal with Iran in spite of criticism from Republican lawmakers. The speech evoked late US President John F. Kennedy's 1963 USSR speech at American University during the height of the Cold War

It will be close, but Obama is winning it


President Barack Obama can now count on the support of 31 Senators to ratify the Iran nuclear deal.

The White House needs 34 votes in the Senate and 145 in the House to keep the Iran deal afloat and sustain a Presidential veto. So far, Obama has but one defection in the Senate and 151-strong supporters in the House. The latest addition to the “yes” list was on Sunday, with the commitment of the Democratic US Senator of Oregon, Jeff Merkley.

On September 8 the Congress will debate the Repub...


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