The Iran nuke deal countdown begins. The United States and Cuba have ties again. And Donald Trump had a wild weekend.
It’s Monday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
Start the clock: The 60-day clock for Congress to review the nuclear agreement with Iran starts today. Members of the Obama administration were out in force this weekend defending the deal, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning if Congress killed the deal “then we have no inspections, we have no sanctions, we have no ability to negotiate.” As for the Republicans? Let’s just say they disagree. Scott Walker – Wisconsin governor and GOP presidential hopeful – said he would rip up the agreement on “Day 1” of his presidency. No confusion there.
More revelations: America’s (once) favorite TV dad made headlines once again this weekend, with the release of more details from a civil lawsuit deposition taken a decade ago. In it, Bill Cosby said he had sexual relationships with at least five women outside of his marriage, gave prescription sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with and tried to hide the affairs from his wife. Cosby – who has never been criminally charged – said in the deposition that the sex and drug-taking were consensual.
EUROPE MIGRANT CRISIS
So much for a warm welcome: Some places in Europe have welcomed refugees from the Middle East and North Africa with open arms. Others? Not so much. We’re looking at you, Denmark, and your law allowing officials to seize migrants’ cash and valuables to help “cover expenses.” And you, Middlesbrough, England, where you’ve put asylum seekers in homes with red doors. Very subtle. And you, Wales, and you Hungary, and ….
Still searching: The hunt for a motive continues in last week’s shootings at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Investigators are still digging into the past of gunman Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, who killed four Marines and a member of the Navy. The gunman’s family spoke out publicly for the first time and has told investigators he was depressed and abused drugs.
Turning point? Riding high in the polls, Donald Trump once again dominated the political news this weekend – but probably not for the reasons he would like. On Saturday, Trump insulted Sen. John McCain, saying he was considered a war hero only because McCain was captured during the Vietnam War and “I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” Um, OK. As you can imagine, that didn’t go over very well. Republicans on Twitter exploded, and Trump was asked Sunday to apologize. Trump refused and hit McCain again: “He’s all talk, and he’s no action.” Has this campaign officially jumped the shark? We’ll see when the next couple of polls come out.