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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

OBAMA AGENDA: Kerry: If Congress sinks the Iran nuke deal, U.S. will get the blame

John Kerry is warning Congress not to oppose the Iran nuclear deal, saying that if lawmakers scuttle the agreement, "We will be viewed as having killed the opportunity to stop them from having weapons. [Iran] will begin to enrich again, and the greater likelihood is what the president said the other day — you will have a war."

Via USA Today: "The FBI is examining Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez's cellphone and computer to determine whether the 24-year-old who killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer in Tennessee on Thursday was involved with the Islamic State terrorist group, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday."

OFF TO THE RACES: Hillary to push for overhaul of capital-gains taxes

CLINTON: She'll push an overhaul of capital-gains tax rates, the Wall Street Journal writes. MORE: "Hillary Clinton will propose a revamp of capital-gains taxes that would hit some short-term investors with higher rates, part of a package of measures designed to prod companies to put more emphasis on long-term growth, a campaign official said."

KASICH: POLITICO writes about how he's trying to deal with his reputation for a hair-trigger temper.

O'MALLEY: He apologized for saying "all lives matter" at the liberal Netroots Nation conference after being shouted down by protestors.

PERRY: He spoke out against Donald Trump on NBC's Meet the Press, saying that he lacks the "character or temperament" to be president.

And he continued to say he opposes allowing gay Boy Scout leaders.

SANDERS: He drew his largest crowd yet in Phoenix, with more than 11,000 people cheering his message at a rally, writes the Arizona Republic.

TRUMP: Asked on MSNBC's Morning Joe if Trump owes him an apology, John McCain responded: "No, I don't think so. But I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving their country."

In a USA Today op-ed, Trump said: "A number of my competitors for the Republican nomination have no business running for president. I do not need to be lectured by any of them. Many are failed politicians or people who would be unable to succeed in the private sector. Some, however, I have great respect for."

Via the New York Times: People close to Donald Trump say that "apologizing was not an option that was discussed."

The Washington Post looks back at what Donald Trump was doing when McCain was a prisoner of war.

WALKER: He told NBC's Kelly O'Donnell in an exclusive interview that Donald Trump should apologize to John McCain.

Also in the wide-ranging interview, Walker discussed the fact that he does not have a college degree. "To me, it would have been a lot easier, but I'm not unlike about 2/3 of America who are in a very similar circumstance and to me, I think college is great. For my sons, it's right for the careers they want to pursue. I also think I can be a good advocate for those who choose to go on to a two year associate degree, or maybe an apprenticeship, to remind people that there's a place for everyone and that all these different careers are valuable in today's economy."


*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks with Bill Cosby accuser Barbara Bowman about the NY Times publishing a deposition given by Bill Cosby where he admitted to giving women prescription drugs without their knowledge in order to have sex with them, Republican strategist Steve Deace and Democratic Strategist Robert Zimmerman about Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments about Senator John McCain, NBC News Reporter Gabe Gutierrez regarding the US embassy opening in Cuba, and Actor Ian Ziering and Actress Tara Reid about their new film: Sharknado 3.

*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell will report live from the opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington. She’ll interview Sen. Pat Leahy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, The Atlantic’s Molly Ball and NBC’s Luke Russert.

*** Monday’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” line-up: Thomas interviews New York Times Reporter Sydney Ember (who broke the story) and former prosecutor Seema Iyer about new details from Bill Cosby’s 2005 deposition, Spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Mark Regev on Iran Nuke Deal, political analyst Fernand Amandi on the reopening of U.S. and Cuban embassies today, and Black Panther leader Quanell X about the death of TX inmate Sandra Bland.