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THE LID: Staking Out Ground on Iran

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos..
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Clinton, who spoke about the deal reached with Iran, attended meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Susan Walsh / AP

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos.. While visiting Democrats on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said she does not miss the sometimes chaotic atmosphere of the Senate. So instead, she ran for president.

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In Congress, the nuclear deal announced this morning will be, at least in part, the kind of complex, high-stakes debate that sees some legislators breaking with their own party for nuanced reasons. But here on the 2016 trail, the responses have broken along partisan lines. On the Republican side, the spectrum went from “one of America's worst diplomatic failures” (Walker) to “dangerous, deeply flawed, and short sighted” (Bush) to “a possible death sentence for Israel” (Graham) to "“Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime.” (Huckabee). Rand Paul, who has gotten something of a reputation for long delays before reacting to major news events, has yet to weigh in.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton called the deal an “important step” even as she laid out some remaining areas of concern (although it sounds like she may have been even a tad more supportive inside closed-door meetings on the Hill.) And fellow Democrats Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley spoke of it favorably too.



BUSH: The Boston Globe reports that former Romney aides Beth Myers and Peter Flaherty are joining Jeb Bush’s campaign.

FIORINA: In an interview with Yahoo! Politics, she slammed Jeb Bush’s “work longer hours” comment, saying “A lot of times politicians will talk about the economy in a way that says to me they don’t really understand how it works. Jeb Bush wouldn’t be the first. He won’t be the last.”

TRUMP: He leads the GOP in a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll, but fares the worst among GOP candidates polled in a head-to-head matchup with Hillary Clinton.

O’MALLEY: He made a progressive pitch to go farther than Obama on immigration during a roundtable discussion with immigration activists on Tuesday, TIME reports.

CARSON: Per the Wall Street Journal: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s campaign has spent roughly half the money it has raised since March, the bulk of it on fundraising operations, the campaign’s campaign finance filing shows.


“Have we thought about deporting #Trump?”

  • Tweet from Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton


Scott Walker campaigns in South Carolina.

Deadline for 2nd quarter fundraising reports.