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Negotiators in Switzerland are aiming for a political deal on Iran's nuclear program — enough agreement to allow time for technical details to be worked out by the end of June. We get a progress report.

Also,Indiana's governor backtracks on the Religious Freedom Protection Act. On today's Talking Point, Barney Frank on remaining in Congress after being out of the closet. 

Photo: Videographers juggle for a view as Secretary of State Kerry sits with colleagues before P5+1 nations resume negotiations with Iranian officials about the future of their nuclear program. (US State Department)

Indiana Governor Backtracks on Religious Freedom Protection Act 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Indiana's Republican Governor Mike Pence said today the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed last week is being misrepresented. "After much reflection and joint consultation with leaders of the general assembly, I've come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear this law doesn't give businesses the right to deny services to anyone. " But widespread claims that it legalizes discrimination have clearly struck home.

While Indiana Republicans claim their new law is similar to the federal law with the same name signed by Bill Clinton in 1993, President Obama's Press Secretary Josh Ernest said today they're fundamentally different. "The law in Indiana doesn't just apply to interactions with government. It also applies to private transactions as well. Which means it is a much more open ended legislation that could reasonable be used to justify discriminating against somebody because of who they love."

Zeke Miller is following the political consequences Time magazine.

Zeke Miller, Time magazine (@ZekeJMiller)

Pence on ensuring religious freedom in Indiana
Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009
Indianapolis Star editorial on the 'religious freedom' law

What's Next for Iran's Nuclear Program? 32 MIN, 9 SEC

Talks in Switzerland between Iran, the US and five other countries may go beyond tonight's midnight hour. Familiar sticking points include centrifuges, nuclear stockpiles, surprise inspections and the schedule for lifting economic sanctions.  The elephants in the room are still Iran's Supreme Leader and the American Congress — dominated by Republicans under pressure from Israel. If tonight's "interim" deadline can't be met, how certain is the "final" deadline at the end of June?

Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor (@lrozen)
Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@DrJimWalshMIT)
Mark Dubowitz, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@mdubowitz)
Alireza Nader, RAND Corporation (@AlirezaNader)
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)

Rozen on Iran nuclear talks continuing as deadline looms
Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (Corker-Menendez bill)
Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015 (Kirk-Menendez bill)

Iran and the Bomb

Foreign Affairs

How Coming Out Changed One Gay Congressman 11 MIN, 9 SEC

As the first Congressman to voluntarily come out of the closet, Barney Frank felt a lot more comfortable among his colleagues — and he says he was more effective. His rule is that closeted gay politicians should be outed, but only when they vote to discriminate against LGBT people.  (Listen to Part I of our interview.)

Photo: Gari Askew

Barney Frank, former Congressman (D-MA) (@BarneyFrank)


Barney Frank

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