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What Would The 2016 Republican Hopefuls Do With An Iran Deal?

All of the prospective Republican candidates for 2016 agree they would undermine President Obama’s nuclear deal between Iran and the U.S.

March 27, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Iranian President Sends Letter To Obama As Nuclear Talks Near Deadline

The negotiators are seeking to reach the outline of a deal by Tuesday and to complete a detailed, comprehensive agreement by June 30.

March 27, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks Resume As Deadline Nears

Officials said last week’s five-day negotiating session, which ended Saturday for a three-day break, had made more progress than any previous round.

March 26, 2015
The Central Intelligence Agency logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Iran-Backed Rebels In Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations

U.S. officials say the names of confidential informants and plans for counterterrorism strikes have been exposed.

March 26, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Top Iranians Signal Support For A Nuclear Deal

Ali Larijani, speaker of Iran’s parliament, spoke approvingly of a possible deal last week, saying “many steps have been taken.”

March 24, 2015
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Tom Cotton Slams Obama For Undermining Foreign Negotiations, Kills Irony

Tom Cotton is upset that anyone but him would interfere with a foreign negotiation.

March 20, 2015
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) (World Economic Forum/Flickr)

Senate Committee Sets Vote On Iran Deal Approval For April

The Senate will wait a month before voting on the White House’s Iran deal.

March 20, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry continued his meetings in Montreux March 4 with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in the meetings. (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

Major Issues In Iran Talks Remain Unsettled, Diplomats Say

Negotiators are making progress on a deal — but significant challenges remain.

March 19, 2015
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Ambassador John Bolton speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Cotton And The War Caucus Count On Constituents’ Ignorance

Tom Cotton and his fellow Republican hawks know their letter to Iran is wrong. They just don’t care.

March 18, 2015
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Iranian Leaders ‘Clearly’ Got Senate Letter Message, Cotton Says

Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran was a great success, according to Tom Cotton.

March 17, 2015
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Is The Iran Letter Treason?

POLL: Do you think Senate Republicans’ public letter to Iran was an act of treason?

March 17, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

Iran Nuclear Talks Still Far From A Deal, Officials Say

Time is running out for nuclear negotiators.

March 17, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Geneva on January 14 for a bilateral meeting to provide guidance to their negotiating teams before their next round of discussions, which begin on January 15. U.S. Mission/Eric Bridiers via Flickr

GOP Letter Complicates Nuclear Talks With Tehran

Iranian negotiators repeatedly demanded an explanation for Senate Republicans’ letter.

March 16, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry continued his meetings in Montreux March 4 with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in the meetings. (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

That GOP Letter To Iran? Not Illegal, But Not Smart Either

The Cotton Doctrine is going to be a long-term problem for Republicans.

March 16, 2015
President Barack Obama leaves Air Force One with Sen. Barbara Boxer after arriving at LAX on Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Los Angeles. Obama will tape an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and attend a DNC event. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Obama Administration Collects Data To Sell Iran Nuclear Deal

The White House is preparing for a tough sell on a nuclear deal with Iran.

March 16, 2015
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The Senate’s 47 Percent

The Senate GOP letter to Iran has inspired an explosion of hypocrisy on the right.

March 16, 2015
Denis McDonough addresses the U.S. Islamic World Forum on May 30, 2012. (U.S.-Islamic World Forum/Flickr)

Obama Deputy Warns Senate Against Undermining Iran Nuclear Talks

The White House is pushing back against Senate interference in the Iran negotiations.

March 16, 2015
The U.S. Capitol under construction in October, 2014 (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

Senators’ Letter To Iran Leader Sets Dangerous Precedent

Congressional Republicans reached yet another new low this week.

March 14, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress at the Capitol on March 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Israel’s Netanyahu Scrambles As Polls Show Rival’s Lead Growing

Time may be running out for Benjamin Netanyahu.

March 13, 2015
U.S. Senator John McCain speaking at the Arizona Republican Party 2014 election victory party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republicans Feeling Heat Over Iran Letter Express Some Regrets

Senate Republicans are beginning to realize what a big mistake they made.

March 13, 2015
Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) asks questions of Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testify before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee for Defense, concerning the fiscal year 2013 budget at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2012. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett)

This Week In Crazy: Generalissimo Graham Prepares To Seize Congress

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five: 5. Lindsey Graham Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has long complained about President Obama trampling the Constitution, and over the weekend, we may have learned […]

March 13, 2015
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Cartoon: Lieutenant Cotton At War

Tom Cotton leads his troops into battle.

March 12, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The committee is hearing testimony from top administration officials on President Obama's request to Congress for authorization to use force against ISIS. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Biggest U.S. Foreign Policy Split In Generation Emerges On Iran

American politics once stopped at the water’s edge. Now, it doesn’t even slow down.

March 11, 2015
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Ambassador John Bolton speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Tom Cotton’s Diplomacy Is Working Out Pretty Well For Tom Cotton

Senator Cotton’s Iran letter is bad for the GOP, and worse for diplomacy — but pretty good for him.

March 11, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: From Senate Diplomacy To Fraternity Racism

Jon Stewart: The GOP wasn’t warning Iran about working with Obama — they were warning about working with themselves.

March 11, 2015