FROM Emad Kiyaei
In Talks with Iran, It's Another Day, Another Delay In Vienna today, negotiators in the Iran nuclear talks have extended their deadline until next Tuesday as they struggle toward a permanent solution. At the same time, the European Union has extended its suspension of economic sanctions for another week. The pressure is growing and, although the Ayatollah Khamenei insists he doesn’t need a deal , Iranians are tired of painful economic sanctions. President Obama sees a "historic opportunity" to limit proliferation, at the same time saying, "No deal is better than a bad deal." Each side has accused the other of backing down on prior agreements . We hear about the potential benefits of success and the consequences of failure.
Netanyahu Demands a "Better Deal" In the chambers of Congress today, the Prime Minister of Israel challenged the President of the United States . Benjamin Netanyahu denounced ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and the claim that the only alternative is war. Before denouncing the negotiations, the Prime Minister insisted his speech was not designed to stir partisan differences in the US. He said Israel has been supported by all US Presidents since Harry Truman. He thanked President Obama for supporting Israel in times of needm including the Carmel forest fire, attacks on Israel's embassy in Cairo and missile support against Hamas in Gaza. Applause interrupted Netanyahu again and again, but it was hardly unanimous. Democrat Nancy Pelosi said he insulted "the intelligence of the United States."
Iran’s Nuclear Program: Once Again, It’s Down to the Wire A year ago, six nations forged a temporary agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program in exchange for a partial lifting of economic sanctions. That led to ongoing negotiations, which are set to expire next Monday. Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Western Europe all have major stakes in the outcome, which could re-shape the political contours of the Middle East. President Obama and Iran’s President Rouhani both want an agreement, but Republicans could pass new sanctions or the Supreme Leader could kill any deal. We hear about possible benefits, potential risks and political consequences.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.