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Business Report: There's been a change in the choreography for the Iran disarmament deal

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The original program for the Congressional kabuki on this was that the House would vote tomorrow to disapprove the Iran deal.  It wouldn't mean anything because the Senate doesn't have to vote to kill the deal, but Republicans would be on record voting no, and later if Iran cheats they can run on that. That was House Speaker John Boehner's plan, until a House GOP conference meeting yesterday in which his Tea Party wing wouldn't go along.

Their plan, which is apparently now the new strategy, is to vote on approving the deal, which will fail, leave a disapproval resolution as still an open option, and still put Democrats on the record supporting the deal, so if the deal goes south later, they have to run on that.

President Obama and Congress agreed that the clock on Congressional review would not start until Congress had the whole deal in-hand, including any side agreements. The International Atomic Energy Agency did its own deal with Iran, unknown to the White House. The White House says that doesn't count. House Republicans say it does.

If I'm reading this right, the deal will still go forward, but opponents have given themselves enough legal fodder to challenge it in the courts until all the uranium in the world has turned into lead.

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