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Obama compromise with Congress on Iran deal signals shift in approach

Obama compromise with Congress on Iran deal signals shift in approach

As the U.S. and other world powers closed in on a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran last month, a few senators were invited to a White House Situation Room briefing for a progress report. At one point, one of them interjected to ask about another sensitive negotiation: President Obama's vow to keep Congress from getting a say over a final Iran agreement. "You're telling us we have to choose between loyalty to the president and loyalty to our constitutional role?" Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said he told administration officials. "That's not a good place to put us. So what's your Plan B?" The answer, Coons recalled, was firm but disappointing:...

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