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Colin Powell

Iran nuclear deal battle is over, but fight is just beginning

WASHINGTON The contentious debate over a nuclear deal with Iran promises to grow increasingly bitter, despite signs that efforts in Congress to block the accord are certain to fail.

Congress, back from a monthlong recess, began its deliberations on a resolution disapproving the deal Tuesday, and Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will headline a rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday expected to draw thousands opposed to the agreement.

But the White House is already claiming victory, announcing that it has secured pledges from enough senators to ensure that a promised presidential veto of any GOP proposal to block the accord...