The Iran nuclear deal, and how Obama finally learned to win the summer

The White House has basically secured the future of the deal, but it didn't get there alone

Barack Obama
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It may seem a little premature for the White House to take a victory lap on the landmark nuclear deal agreed to between Iran and six world powers in July. But on Wednesday, President Obama secured enough votes, all from Democrats, to uphold his veto when Republicans in Congress try to pass a binding resolution of disapproval this month.

It's now clear that critics of the deal won't win that vote, which would prevent Obama from lifting sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, as agreed to in the accord. Republicans are already coming up with other ways to thwart the deal, but this is a big defeat for their efforts. At the beginning of August, it looked like the Iran deal's opponents had the upper hand.

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