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9:50 AM ET, April 3, 2015


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Washington Post:
Obama's Iran deal falls far short of his own goals  —  THE “KEY parameters” for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program released Thursday fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration.  None of Iran's nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement  —  LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country's leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying …
New York Times:
A Promising Nuclear Deal With Iran  —  The preliminary agreement between Iran and the major powers is a significant achievement that makes it more likely Iran will never be a nuclear threat.  President Obama said it would “cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.”
John F. Kerry /
A critical deal with Iran, but more work to be done  —  ON THURSDAY, the United States, Iran, and our negotiating partners from the UN Security Council and European Union agreed on the parameters of a plan that, if finalized and implemented, will prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Scott Walker: I'll blow up any Iran deal, no matter what our European allies think  —  Today negotiators from Iran, the U.S., and other major powers announced the framework for a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, laying the groundwork to draft a final agreement by the end of June.
Michael Crowley / Politico:   The gray areas in the Iran deal
Charles Duelfer / Politico:
The Iran Deal's Fatal Flaw
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Bloomberg View:   A Promising Iran Agreement
New York Times:
Iran Agrees to Detailed Nuclear Outline, First Step Toward a Wider Deal
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Let's Hear Some Specifics From Iran Deal Opponents
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Barack Obama's next job: Sell the Iran deal
Discussion: New York Times
Bloomberg Business:
Iran Nuclear Accord Hailed as Landmark After Marathon Talks
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
New York Times urges Menendez to resign  —  The New York Times is calling for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to step down from his Senate seat now that he has been indicted on 14 counts of corruption.  —  The paper's editorial board said Menendez “would be doing a disservice” to his constituents by staying in office.
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:   Could Chris Christie Appoint Himself To The U.S. Senate? Yes, He Can
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Atlanta Educators Convicted in School Cheating Scandal  —  ATLANTA — In a dramatic conclusion to what has been described as the largest cheating scandal in the nation's history, a jury here on Wednesday convicted 11 educators for their roles in a standardized test cheating scandal that tarnished …
Preston Lerner / Los Angeles Magazine:
Right Side of the Law: Eugene Volokh's Global Influence  —  Eugene Volokh leads me into the kitchen of his graceful two-story Mediterranean-style house in Pacific Palisades and offers me a cup of coffee.  When he realizes that the sugar bowl is empty, he reaches into a cupboard and pulls out a box of sugar.
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Post
Annie Karni / Politico:
Source: Lease signed for Hillary Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn  —  The lease is signed: Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters will work out of 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights, according to a source familiar with the deal.  —  The campaign will occupy two full floors of the office building …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
How Schumer rose to the top  —  When it comes to winning influence with Democratic senators, few can hold a candle to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).  —  That's why Schumer is set to succeed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) as Democratic leader, and why Minority Whip Dick Durbin …
Discussion: Political Wire
Karl Rove:
The Myth Of The Stay-At-Home Republicans  —  There's a hypothesis circulating among Republicans that Mitt Romney lost in 2012 because a large number of previously reliable conservatives who turned out in past elections stayed home.  Here's the problem: It's not accurate.  —  First, let's look at voter turnout.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Right wing, gay rights and O-Care  —  With the unfolding fiasco afflicting Gov. Mike Pence (R) in Indiana on the matters of “religious freedom” and gay rights, let's take him off the list of potential GOP nominees for president in 2016 and consider the longer-term damage to Republicans of their widespread attitudes of intolerance.
Entry Details  —  Governor Pence Signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act Clarification Bill; Pence: “Resolving this controversy, making clear that every person feels welcome and respected in our state is best for IN”
Pem McNerney / Hartford Courant:
CT Soldier Demands Apology From Karl Rove; Rove Says No Apology Needed For Iraq War  —  Ryan Henowitz says he was 20 years old and a medic with the 2nd Battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment when he saw his friends “torn apart and Iraqi children screaming for their parents as indiscriminate shrapnel scarred …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In emerging Dem race, O'Malley new target of Clinton machine  —  Recently, a representative from the Hillary Clinton camp delivered a message to Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor preparing to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.  —  I have some good news and some bad news, the messenger said.
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