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First Read's Morning Clips: Trying to Take on Obamacare Without Congress

More, from the AP: “Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order Thursday that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely available.

He did not want to certify to Congress that the agreement remained in the vital U.S. national security interest and that Iran was meeting its obligations. The Washington Post, on Trump’s “fit” over the Iran deal: “He was incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex ­Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits.

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Washington Post -
‘He threw a fit’: Trump’s anger over Iran deal forced aides to scramble for a compromise

The solution is a compromise that retains the agreement but also puts Iran and U.S. allies on notice that Trump is willing to walk away.

White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other senior advisers came up with a plan — one aimed at accommodating Trump’s loathing of the Iran deal as “an embarrassment” without killing it outright. “McMaster realized we just cannot come back here next time with a binary option — certify or decertify,” an exercise Congress requires every 90 days, said a person familiar with the July discussion.


CBS News -
Trump to make Iran deal announcement Friday

Capitol Hill sources tell CBS News the president will deliver a speech Friday in which he will make an announcement about Iran.

The deal would remain intact, but he would effectively place the decision about what to do in the hands of Congress, CBS News' White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan has reported.


NBC News -
White House briefs Congress ahead of Iran decertification announcement

President Donald Trump’s top advisers informed lawmakers Wednesday of the president’s final decision not to certify to Congress that Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal, three officials briefed on the decision tell NBC News.

The IRGC, a vast, powerful military conglomerate, with naval, air and ground components organized in parallel to the conventional Iranian military, is the country’s biggest economic player, with a hand in virtually every sector, from oil and gas to auto-making, telecommunications, construction, farming and beyond.



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