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Barbara Mikulski

Mikulski hands Obama victory on Iran deal

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski handed President Barack Obama a victory Wednesday by announcing her support for the pending Iran nuclear agreement, providing the final vote needed to ensure the deal will survive GOP opposition in Congress. The Maryland Democrat, who will retire in 2017 after 30 years in the Senate, became the 34th senator to back the deal, ensuring that the administration can sustain a veto on what is arguably the most significant foreign policy objective of the president's second term. "No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," Mikulski said in a lengthy statement explaining her position. "I have concluded that this [deal] is the...