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1. New Poll: What's your take on the Iran deal?

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 27, 2015

Congress is now examining the nuclear limitation agreement reached between Iran and the U.S. along with other major world powers. Critics say the plan offers no assurances that Iran will not produce nuclear weapons. The White House says the limitations and inspections included in the pact will keep Iran from developing such a weapon for more than a decade. Without such an agreement, the Administration insists, Iran could move ahead with weapons development immediately and risky military intervention would be required to stop it. This week's question: What do you think about the new nuclear limitation agreement with Iran? Cast your vote below. You can also send us your additional comments, questions and suggestions at Politics@SmartBrief.com.  We will publish the results on Friday.


2. GOP rebels seek to topple Boehner

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 29, 2015

House conservatives are seeking to dislodge Speaker John Boehner, with Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina filing a motion that, if passed, would strip Boehner of his powers and spark a new leadership election. The bid uses a parliamentary procedure that has never succeeded, and has only been used once before in congressional history. While the motion is unlikely to succeed, Meadows said he hoped that it would spark further discussion of Boehner's leadership. FoxNews.com (07/29) The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


3. Fox opens first GOP debate to all 16 major candidates

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 29, 2015

The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


4. Kochs rebuff Trump campaign, refuse to pass on political data

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 29, 2015

Politico (07/29)


5. Feds wasted billions on botched broadband projects

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 28, 2015

In 2011, the Rural Utilities Service announced $3.5 billion in stimulus money to help bring high-speed internet to 7 million rural Americans and 360,000 businesses -- but much of the money has been frittered away without producing significant results, a new investigation shows. Many of the funded projects failed to get underway, or fell by the wayside, leaving millions of people without broadband access. "We are left with a program that spent $3 billion, and we really don’t know what became of it," says Mark Goldstein of the Government Accountability Office. Politico (07/28)


6. Vote in this week's Business & Politics Poll

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 29, 2015

There is still time to vote in this week's Business & Politics Poll: What's your take on the Iran deal? View the poll and cast your vote. You can also see how the votes are trending so far. We will publish the results on Friday.


7. How the White House schmoozed Jon Stewart

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 28, 2015

Politico (07/28)


8. Walker could rue Philly cheesesteak mistake

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 30, 2015

Scott Walker raised eyebrows at a Philadelphia cheesesteak joint this week by seeming to cut the line, controversially ordering a steak with American cheese and no onions, then appearing to leave without clearing away his trash. "If Scott Walker is dumb enough to cut a steak line in South Philly, do you really want him running the country?" one Twitter user asked. The Philadelphia Inquirer (07/29)


9. Businesses blast Congress over Export-Import Bank's closure

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 30, 2015

Businesses lambasted lawmakers' failure to save the Export-Import Bank before departing for their summer recess, saying that the expiration of the bank's charter would hand their foreign rivals a major competitive advantage. Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney warned that his company might soon begin offshoring its operations in response to the shuttering of the bank. "We’re at a loss how Congress can literally go on vacation and just say, 'Good luck, guys,' " says Tyler Schroeder, a financial analyst at Air Tractor. Politico (07/30) Forbes (07/29)


10. Vote in this week's Business & Politics Poll

SmartBrief on Business & Politics | Jul 30, 2015

There is still time to vote in this week's Business & Politics Poll: What's your take on the Iran deal? View the poll and cast your vote. You can also see how the votes are trending so far. We will publish the results on Friday.




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