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Jul 22, 2015

After hack, U.S. lawmakers look to protect ‘dot-gov’ domain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to give the Department of Homeland Security more authority to protect government Internet addresses, hoping to prevent more cyber attacks like recent massive breaches at the government’s hiring office.

Katherine Archuleta, the chief of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), resigned earlier this month after the computer hacks, possibly linked to China, put the personal data of some 22 million Americans at risk. The attacks prompted calls in Congress for huge improvements in monitoring and protection of government systems.

Jul 20, 2015

House Democratic leader presses for Iran deal support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote to colleagues on Monday backing the nuclear agreement with Iran, as congressional Republicans railed against a U.N. vote on the deal.

“As you may be aware, I believe that this agreement is a major accomplishment. I am pleased that the response thus far from House Democrats has been so positive,” she said in the letter released by her office.

Jul 17, 2015

Factbox: Sanctions, inspections concern U.S. lawmakers reviewing Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the U.S. Congress receives the Iran nuclear agreement, no later than Sunday, it will have up to 82 days to decide whether to reject the deal. President Barack Obama acceded in May to a review demanded by Congress and has agreed not to waive U.S. sanctions during that period.

Obama has promised to exercise his veto if Congress rejects the deal. Overriding the veto will require a two-thirds majority of both the House of Representatives and Senate, so the administration is working to win over enough of Obama’s fellow Democrats to offset strong Republican opposition.

Jul 17, 2015

Sanctions, inspections concern U.S. lawmakers reviewing Iran deal

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – When the U.S. Congress
receives the Iran nuclear agreement, no later than Sunday, it
will have up to 82 days to decide whether to reject the deal.
President Barack Obama acceded in May to a review demanded by
Congress and has agreed not to waive U.S. sanctions during that
period.

Obama has promised to exercise his veto if Congress rejects
the deal. Overriding the veto will require a two-thirds majority
of both the House of Representatives and Senate, so the
administration is working to win over enough of Obama’s fellow
Democrats to offset strong Republican opposition.

Jul 16, 2015

Republicans target U.N. arms embargo rollback in bid to derail Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on Thursday honed their attack plan against President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal in Congress, targeting part of the pact that calls for eventually rolling back a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran.

Opponents of the landmark nuclear agreement hope to use the arms embargo issue, one of the final obstacles to the accord sealed in Vienna on Tuesday between Iran and six world powers, to draw some of Obama’s wavering Democrats into helping to derail it.

Jul 16, 2015

House Democratic leader says Iran deal has her strong support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday the nuclear deal with Iran has her strong support, and she would work to convince her colleagues to vote for it.

Pelosi said she was optimistic about the deal’s chances in Congress, calling the agreement the “best possible option.”

Jul 16, 2015

Congressional Democrats warm to Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress said on Wednesday they were warming to the nuclear agreement with Iran, and Vice President Joe Biden, sent to Capitol Hill to pitch the deal, said he was optimistic it would not be blocked by the majority Republicans who oppose it.

“I think we’ll be all right,” Biden told reporters after a closed meeting with Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Jul 15, 2015

White House works to convince Democrats to back Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday kicked off its push for approval of the Iran nuclear deal by dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to Congress, where he assured Democrats nothing in the pact would preclude military action if Tehran violated the agreement.

“He stated clearly that nothing in the agreement takes the military option off the table,” U.S. Representative Steve Israel said after leaving the closed-door meeting between Biden and House of Representatives Democrats.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. senators concerned over Malaysia human-trafficking rating

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nineteen U.S. senators, including Democrats and Republicans, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday expressing “grave concern” that Malaysia may be upgraded in this year’s U.S. list of human trafficking offenders.

“A premature upgrade of Malaysia would undermine the integrity of the TIP (Trafficking in Persons) report process and compromise our international efforts to fight human trafficking,” they said in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Jul 14, 2015

New U.S. president would struggle to ruin Iran deal, experts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Threats on Tuesday by U.S. Republican presidential candidates to scrap the Iran nuclear agreement look difficult to carry out even if the party wins control of the White House next year, said a senior Republican lawmaker and foreign policy experts.

Hours after President Barack Obama hailed the Iran deal as a “new direction,” Republican White House hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Perry vowed to rip it up if they reach the Oval Office and Senator Marco Rubio suggested he would re-impose sanctions.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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