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Iran Deal Hysteria Was Manufactured BS

Now that the Iran Deal is a done deal and with the stunning news of John Boehner's retirement, you may have missed this. It's not so much surprising, if you've been paying attention. But it confirms a basic reality, which is that the hysteria from Benjamin Netanyahu, much of the Israeli political establishment, purportedly 'pro-Israel' conservatives in the US, and others, was never shared by the Israeli defense establishment and, in a real sense, was manufactured BS meant to leverage the U.S. political climate.

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I just wanted to flag for your attention that Majority Whip Steve Scalise has now announced his bid to become House Majority Leader. It's not automatic by any means. But it's fairly standard that when someone leaves the leadership the others move up the ladder. That's what current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is trying to do. And it's what you'd expect Scalise to do. But remember, Scalise is the guy who got in a heap of trouble at the end of last year for his earlier ties to David Duke. Yes, that David Duke.

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Way To Go, Guys

A lot being telegraphed by the tone and manner in which GOP committee chairman is grilling Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards in this morning's hearing. A lot.

Inside Trump's Numbers

Eliminating the estate tax (and calling it the "death tax") was the big tell that Donald Trump's ballyhooed tax plan was just your father's warmed-over GOP tax orthodoxy repackaged in a billionaire populist wrapper. But the deeper you look, the worse it looks. Brookings' Vanessa Williamson dives into the numbers at TPMCafe.

Gaming Out Boehner's Departure

With a weekend for the dust to settle, we now have a clearer idea of what led to the dramatic and unexpected departure of House Speaker John Boehner. He wasn't pushed exactly. Not exactly. Perhaps best to say that the pressure was getting him closer and closer to the precipice and rather than be pushed he decided to jump on his own terms. Pope Francis's visit to Capitol Hill appears to have played a genuine role in determining precise timing, though not the decision itself. So what does it mean for the House, the GOP caucus and more globally the progress of national politics over the next year?

Three points are worth noting.

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Ahmed Truth!

Parody can barely outsprint reality these days. And yes, there really is an Ahmed Truth Movement (ATM): a swirl of conspiracy theories collectively suggesting that the boy who made that clock that was mistaken for a bomb, Ahmed Mohamed, maybe wasn't so innocent after all and actually was up to no good. We mentioned the day the story broken that the Mayor of Ahmed's town, Irving, Texas, is actually a big anti-Islam, anti-Sharia crusader. And surprise, surprise, she's stepping forward to lead the Ahmed Truth Movement. Katie Thompson has the story.