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After today's unanimous support by the UN Security Council, Congress has 60 days to approve or reject the nuclear deal with Iran. Even some Democrats have reservations. We look at the prospects on Capitol Hill and the possible consequences of success or failure.

Also, President Obama talks Boko Haram and corruption with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. On today's Talking Point, US officials have claimed great success in educating kids in Afghanistan -- despite knowing it wasn't all true. We hear about a billion-dollar boondoggle.

Photo: Devra Berkowitz

Obama Talks Boko Haram, Corruption with Nigerian President 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Nigeria has Africa’s largest population and its biggest economy, but relations with the US have been strained.  Newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Washington today at the invitation of President Obama. The President told reporters , "We very much look forward to talking about security issues, how we can cooperate on counterterrorism. We are looking forward to discussing how we can be helpful in addressing some of the corruption issues that have held Nigeria back and unleashing the incredible talent of the Nigerian people."

John Campbell has served in Nigeria as political counselor and Ambassador.  He’s currently senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations (@johncampbellcfr)

Then-general and opposition presidential candidate Buhari on the importance of democracy for Africa’s future (Chatham House)

The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Now Up to Congress 34 MIN, 58 SEC

Last week, the Obama Administration asked the UN Security Council to vote on the Iran nuclear deal. Today it got the unanimous vote it wanted. All 15 members endorsed the agreement to lift economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for limitations on Iran's development of nuclear technology.

Now, Congress with 60 days to approve or reject it. Republicans and some Democrats are furious at the Obama Administration for asking the Security Council to go first. Opponents say the agreement could pave the way for Iran to make a nuclear bomb. Supporters say it's the best thing possible and much better than nothing. They warn that continued division within the US will have dangerous consequences for America's world leadership.

Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy Magazine (@columlynch)
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)
Jamil N. Jaffer, George Mason University (@jamil_n_jaffer)
Michael Krepon, Henry L. Stimson Center (@StimsonCenter)

Powers explanation of vote on UN Security Council Resolution vote 2231 on Iran non-proliferation
Corker/Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act
Everett on GOP slamming Obama's move to clear Iran pact through UN first

Americans Have Paid for "Ghost Schools" in Afghanistan 8 MIN, 23 SEC

After 13 years in Afghanistan, and the loss of 2000 American lives, victories have been hard to come by. So US officials, including Hillary Clinton, when she was Secretary of State, have claimed that educating Afghan children has been a one-billion dollar success story.

But that claim does not stand up to scrutiny.After visiting school sites, consulting databases and documents and speaking to 150 people, a Buzzfeed News investigation has found massive exaggeration, "riddled with ghost schools, teachers and students that exist only on paper." We hear more about the boondoggle from investigative reporter Azmat Khan, who wrote the story, and John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent agency created by Congress.

Photo: Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman/US Army

Azmat Khan, BuzzFeed (@azmatzahra)
John Sopko, Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

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