Roughly Speaking: The president vs. the press

Christopher A. Coons

Obama within grasp of Iran nuclear deal

Obama within grasp of Iran nuclear deal

President Barack Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran moved closer to becoming reality Tuesday after two Democratic senators added their support and a key Maryland lawmaker predicted there would be enough votes to overcome GOP opposition.

Supporters of the agreement were one vote shy of the number needed to uphold a presidential veto in the Senate, and Sen. Ben Cardin — the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — told students at the Johns Hopkins University that it was "pretty clear" the White House would get the last vote soon.

Cardin himself has yet to announce how he plans to vote on the deal negotiated with Iran by...