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PBC News & Comment: Obama Sells Iran Nuke Deal as Alternative to “More War” in Mideast

In news conference, President Obama answers critics who recite Israeli talking points, makes strong case for approval of multilateral deal….

–Israeli think tanks—J Street in US, Molad in Israel, support the deal as moderates–and some conservatives–in Israel fear Netanyahu has gone too far

–Gareth Porter’s analysis: Iran used nuclear threat to force superpowers to negotiate, lift sanctions

–Prof. Bill Beeman notes that Iran agreed to stop something it wasn’t doing

–Greek tragedy drama continues, as Tsipras faces revolt from his Syriza party and IMF makes good move for debt reduction that can delay a resolution

–new Snowden doc reveals intelligence reports on Israeli assassination of top Syrian general in 2008

–HUD changes language on loan forms to enable criminal banks to continue to write mortgages

–Ukrainian hackers leak footage grabbed from cellphone of a McCain staffer that shows IS executed James Foley on a TV set in front of green screen

–Obama talks criminal justice reform in speech to NAACP, says of prisoners “they could be me”

–cops in Vallejo, CA recant their accusations of kidnap hoax, as ex-Marine with Harvard law degree is named suspect

–New Horizons space explorer sends us cool pix of Pluto