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The Iran nuclear deal is closer than ever to becoming reality with opponents in trouble — not just in the Senate, but also in Congress.  But, even if the "Resolution of Disapproval" fails in both houses, disagreement over the deal itself may continue — into the first term of the next President.

Also, Seattle teachers strike on first day of school. On today’s Talking Point, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning monarch in British history.  

Photo: Secretary Kerry, joined by Senator Durbin and Energy Secretary Moniz, addresses reporters on the Iran nuclear deal on September 9, 2015. (US State Department)

Seattle Teachers Strike on First Day of School 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The first day of school didn't happen today in Seattle, the largest district in Washington State with some 53,000 students. Last night, the teachers union voted to go on strike, setting off what could be a bruising battle. Kyle Stoke reports for KPLU, public radio in Seattle.

Kyle Stokes, KPLU (@kystokes)

Seattle Public Schools on negotiations

The Deal May Be Done, but the Grandstanding Continues 34 MIN

Efforts to stop the Iran nuclear deal appear to have failed in the Senate, and leaders of Congress have postponed action on the "Resolution of Disapproval." But the opposition won't go away, and today's debate is a measure of how difficult future diplomacy will be for President Obama and his successor. While Hillary Clinton was supporting the deal this morning, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were still rallying opposition. Collin Powell, Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin are being heard from on different sides of the issue. We look at the rhetoric and the reality.

James Jeffrey, Washington Institute (@washinstitute)
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund (@Cirincione)
Robin Wright, US Institute of Peace / Woodrow Wilson Center (@wrightr)
Sharif Nezam Mafi, Iran Switzerland Chamber of Commerce

Cirincione on why it matters that Colin Powell and Debbie Wasserman Schultz support the Iran agreement
Jeffrey on how to assess the Iran deal
Wright's New Yorker cover story on the Iran deal

Long Live the Queen 9 MIN, 19 SEC

Queen Elizabeth II has now spent 63 years, 7 months on the throne — surpassing her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, as Britain's longest-serving monarch. Her reign started when Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister and Harry Truman was President of the United States. When she became Britain's longest-serving monarch today, she was typically modest, addressing a crowd at the opening of the Borders Railway in Scotland. "Although it is not one to which I have ever aspired, inevitably a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception. But I thank you all and the many others at home and overseas, for your touching messages of great kindness."

Tom Sykes is editor of the Royalist blog for the Daily Beast.

Tom Sykes, Daily Beast (@royalist)

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