Wiretap: Obama’s last minute Iran deal pitch to Democrats

Ticking clock

With time running out and the vote apparently close, Barack Obama makes a pitch to congressional Democrats with a letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, in which Obama outlines how the United States could pressure Iran, economically and militarily, beyond the nuclear accord to deter Iranian aggression. Obama is thought to have 31 votes so far in the Senate to sustain a veto. He needs 34. Via The New York Times.

Rough landing

The eagle has landed, and so has The Donald. According to the Time cover story on Trump, we’re just going to have to deal with it.

Graceful moment

James Fallows on Jimmy Carter’s moment of grace. Via The Atlantic.

Lax regulations

New data challenges whether the FDA is still the world’s toughest drug regulator. According to a report in Forbes, the FDA pretty much approves everything — and not just the pink Viagra — these days. Via Vox.

Anchor baby

The myth of the so-call “anchor baby” deportation defense. Via The Washington Post.

No regrets?

Jeb Bush says he doesn’t regret calling the children of illegal immigrants “anchor babies.” But, then again, maybe he does. Via The National Journal.

Sensitive matters

Some ex-diplomats think that Hillary Clinton might have borne some responsibility for how sensitive emails were marked. And then there is the issue of how not-so-sensitive information becomes classified. Via Politico.

Mistaken identity

The latest on the Shaun King story — King says the man listed on his birth certificate is not his biological father. Via The Washington Post.

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