The Obama administration struck a deal it said would prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb, but whether Tom Cotton's head will explode remains uncertain. Abortion politics prompted House Republican leadership to pull yet another bill from floor consideration, proving again the deliberative body's ability to shut that whole thing down. And while Hillary Clinton met with Democratic Senators, Bernie Sanders was seen smoking in the parking lot with the goth kids, railing about the system, man. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
HOUSE FLOOR OOPSIE - Almost as bad as the time someone tried to name a post office after Bill Ayers. Daniel Newhauser: "House Republican leaders pulled a commemorative coin bill supporting breast cancer from the floor Tuesday amid conservative outrage that an organization the measure would support is allied with Planned Parenthood. The bipartisan bill would have funneled some proceeds from the minting of commemorative coins to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. But conservatives objected, noting that the Komen organization donates money to Planned Parenthood." [National Journal]
HILLARY MEETS WITH HILL DEMS - Laura Barron-Lopez: "Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton trekked to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Democrats in both chambers and pitch her policy stances four months into her 2016 campaign. Clinton met with Senate Democrats during their weekly party lunches, and was warmly welcomed by the party's leaders. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) praised the presentation Clinton gave to the conference. 'She got several rounds of standing applause,' Reid told reporters after the meeting. 'She talked about climate change, about what families need in America today. She talked about how important it was that we make sure that we understand America is more than the urban centers of our country.'
"[Bernie] Sanders tried to steal the show when he exited the meeting ahead of other senators and held a presser of his own in the hallway outside the Senate chamber, which is typically reserved for Senate leadership. Sanders spent about six minutes laying out where he disagrees with Clinton on a variety of issues. 'I very much look forward in this campaign to a very serious debate about the serious crises facing our country,' Sanders told reporters. 'Secretary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues; there are issues where we come from the same place.'" [HuffPost]
HOW DO YOU ELECT A WOMAN? GIVE HER A FAMOUS HUSBAND - Great feature story by Amanda Terkel: "[W]ithout dynasties -- particularly wives following their husbands into office -- there would be far fewer women in politics. It's the way many women entered Congress and obtained political power in the United States and internationally. And it's potentially how a woman will occupy the Oval Office for the first time. 'We are beginning to have a climate where it's comfortable to ask a woman to run,' said Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), who succeeded her husband in Congress in 1998. 'And we've not had that in the past. I think we've been overlooked.'" [HuffPost]
ANN WAGNER REAL TALK - Laura Barron-Lopez: "Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) said Republican men running for the highest office in the land will “fail” if they call Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton 'stupid.' Speaking at a women's empowerment event hosted by Google and National Review on Tuesday, Wagner advised the Republican men running for president in 2016 to steer clear of criticizing Clinton too much. 'Women and men believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton is strong and she is intelligent. She may have issues that stand out like ‘liar and untrustworthy,’ but I will tell you, we will fail, and these men will fail, if they try and package her as someone who is stupid and doesn’t know her job, hasn’t done her job and isn’t real, isn’t strong,' said Wagner, the first Republican woman to chair the House Finance Committee." [HuffPost]
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DAILY DELANEY DOWNER - In an apparent effort to get around federal rules preventing states from making up restrictions on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Scott Walker's new budget declares that an "individual who is a recipient under the food stamp program is considered to be a welfare recipient." Imagine trying that with, say, Social Security. Hoo boy. [HuffPost]
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IRAN DEAL REACHED - Charlotte Alfred, Nick Robins-Early, Jade Walker: "Iran reached a historic deal with six world powers on Tuesday that promises to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief. The accord was announced on Tuesday by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in a joint statement in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Zarif acknowledged that the final agreement wasn't perfect, but described the announcement as a 'historic moment.' 'Today could have been the end of hope,' he said, "but now we are starting a new chapter of hope.' The breakthrough comes after months of thorny negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group -- the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a statement in Vienna, saying 'this is the good deal that we have sought.'" [HuffPost]
HILLARY CLINTON: "I think this is an important step that puts the lid on Iran's nuclear programs."
OBAMA REITERATES VETO THREAT - Associated Press: "President Barack Obama heralded a historic nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday as an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a 'new direction,' while sharply warning Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord. 'No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East,' Obama said in early morning remarks from the White House." [AP]
BIBI MAD - Jessica Schulberg: "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers on Tuesday to be a catastrophe. 'From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is a historic mistake.' Netanyahu’s judgment of the 159-page agreement came before the public release of the text of the deal. He blamed the nuclear agreement on the willingness of the negotiators to reach a deal 'at any cost,' a thinly veiled criticism of President Barack Obama, whom the Israeli premier has long sparred with on the topic of Iran’s nuclear program." [HuffPost]
TOM COTTON SO MAD - He probably still ate a birthday cake today, but with sad feelings. Schulberg: "'This proposed deal is a terrible, dangerous mistake that is going to pave the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon, while also giving them tens of billions of dollars of sanctions relief, even lifting the arms embargo at a time when they’re destabilizing the entire Middle East,' said freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), now infamous for authoring a letter to the Iranian regime threatening to unwind any nuclear agreement after Obama leaves office." [HuffPost]
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CONGRESS MOVES AGAINST STATE GMO LABELING - Tough news for Vermont granola. Mike McAuliff: "Congress took the first step Tuesday to ban states such as Vermont from requiring companies to label whether foods contain genetically modified organisms, advancing a House Agriculture Committee bill that would pre-empt such laws. The bill, called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, sets up a voluntary program for companies that want to disclose genetically modified ingredients, and requires firms that develop new bioengineered foods to get them approved through what is now a voluntary program run by the Food and Drug Administration. Under that program, the FDA reviews a company’s claims that a product is safe, and either objects or not." [HuffPost]
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@MaggieSeverns: Good lord I just watched a reporter ask a senator not one but four questions about Taylor Swift and her music
@BenjySarlin: I don't know a lot about nuclear technology, but I do know the best way to evaluate this deal will be through candidate tweets.
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