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Trump on Iran Deal: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It

Can You Believe?

Can you believe Trump claiming that Iran’s covert efforts to develop nuclear weapons before the 2015 nuclear deal justifies his wrecking the deal? In fact, this was the main reason the deal was so necessary in the first place.

Can you believe how brazen Michael Cohen was in selling access to Trump to all bidders, foreign and domestic? And do you believe for a moment that Trump was ignorant of all this? Trump allowed Cohen to cash in as repayment in for all the money and effort he shelled out on shady deals for Trump.

Can you believe Mike Pence hailing the unspeakable Joe Arpaio as “a tireless champion of . . . the rule of law”? The same Arpaio who was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to halt his systematic abuse of Latinos and African-Americans? No wonder conservative columnist George Will wrote that Pence had dethroned Trump as “America’s most repulsive public figure.”

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: In a rare show of bipartisan, fact-based policymaking, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report warning of Russia’s ongoing efforts to meddle in U.S. elections. My friends and former colleagues Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) showed what legislators can do when they put the national interest above partisan interest. The contrast with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) could not be clearer; Nunes has wrecked his committee by using it to whitewash Trump’s misdeeds and attack his critics.

Miss of the Week: No contest. In fact, Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal may be the Miss of the Century. In one rash act, Trump pulled off a disastrous trifecta: unleashing Iran’s nuclear weapons program, isolating America from our closest allies, and possibly setting off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Hot Race of the Week

Senator Joe Manchin might be the only Democrat who could win a statewide election in deep-red West Virginia today: a well-liked former governor who opposes most federal regulations but supports education, working families, and the social safety net. Still, Trump won the state by 42 points (his largest margin in the country), and this week GOP primary voters chose mainstream conservative Patrick Morrisey over nutty ex-con Don Blankenship. So Joe’s in for a tough fight.

Finally…

On this week’s “Fight Back” podcast, Nicole and I discuss the Iran fiasco and Tuesday’s primary election results. Then I talk with the incomparable Suze Orman about her new podcast and how she built her media empire.