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News Wrap: Obama likens Iran deal opposition to Iraq war push

In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama invoked the drive to go to war with Iraq in describing why some politicians and pundits are fervent in their opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement. Also, a Jordanian uncle of the man who attacked military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been in custody overseas.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    President Obama invoked the Iraq War today during a defense of the recent nuclear deal with Iran. He said those who oppose the deal are like the people who rushed the U.S. into war with Iraq.

    He spoke in Pittsburgh at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention.

  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    We’re hearing the echoes some of the same policies and mind-set that failed us in the past. Some of the same politicians and pundits that are so quick to reject the possibility of a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program are the same folks who were so quick to go to war in Iraq and said it would take a few months.

    We know the consequences of that choice, and what it cost us in blood and treasures.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The president also pressed Congress today to help with funding for the Veterans Affairs Department. It’s been a little over a year since the VA was rocked by scandal over excessive wait times. He said he’s still not satisfied with the changes hospitals have made in fixing veterans’ care.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    An uncle of the man who opened fire on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been in custody overseas since a day after the attack. The uncle of Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez lives in Jordan, where other relatives have also been questioned by authorities. Abdulazeez spent several months in the kingdom last year.

    In Washington, Republican Senator John McCain asked the general tapped to be the next Army chief about arming recruiters.

  • GEN. MARK MILLEY, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army – Designate:

    I think that’s complicated legally, and there’s issues involved throughout the country. But we will have to come to grips with that. And it certainly should be…

  • SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), Arizona:

    If the legal part of it can be resolved, do you think that they should under certain conditions be armed?

  • GEN. MARK MILLEY:

    I think, under certain conditions, both on military bails and in out-stations, recruiting stations, reserve centers, that we should seriously consider it. In some cases, I think it’s appropriate.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    President Obama pledged today the U.S. will do everything in its power to protect American military members from attacks like last week’s.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A prosecutor in Texas says it’s too early to tell what happened to a woman who died in police custody last week. Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days after she was arrested. Her death was originally ruled a suicide, but authorities are now treating the case as if it were a murder investigation.

    Authorities also released a surveillance video showing no movement outside her cell until medical personnel arrived on the scene.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Two-term Ohio Governor John Kasich has become the 16th Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race. The former congressman is known for his record of fiscal conservatism. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, he helped secure a balanced budget deal in 1997. Kasich officially announced his candidacy today at Ohio State University in Columbus, with his family at his side.

  • GOV. JOHN KASICH Republican Presidential Candidate:

    I will promise you that my top priority will get this country on the path to fiscal independence, strength, and we will rebuild the economy of this country, because creating jobs is our highest moral purpose, and we will move to get that done!

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • GWEN IFILL:

    In other campaign news, Donald Trump lashed out at fellow Republican presidential contender Lindsey Graham, who has been critical of the New York businessman. Before a crowd of about 500 people in South Carolina, Trump called the Palmetto State senator a “total lightweight” — unquote — and read what he said was Graham’s cell phone number aloud from a piece of paper.

    Trump said Graham gave him the contact information years ago, when the two were more friendly.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A federal appeals court in Chicago overturned some of the most sensational corruption convictions of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. He’s currently serving a 14-year sentence after he was convicted in 2011 of trying to sell President Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. Prosecutors could appeal the ruling or decide to retry Blagojevich on the dropped counts.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Voters headed to the polls in small numbers today in Burundi, where protests and violence dampened the turnout. At least two people, a policeman and a civilian, were killed in a string of explosions and gunfire that rocked the capital overnight. In spite of that, most polls managed to open on time. Opposition groups are boycotting the election in protest of the current president’s decision to run for a third term.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A mass funeral was held in Southeastern Turkey for victims of yesterday’s suicide bombing in Suruc, near the border with Syria. Crowds of mourners wept and shouted over the flag-draped coffins as they were laid out; 32 people died and 100 were injured when the blast ripped through a rally of young political activists. Meanwhile, Turkey’s prime minister announced the suspect had ties to Islamic State terrorists, but refrained from identifying the individual.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Dozens of mayors and governors from major cities around the world gathered at the Vatican today to demand bold action on climate change. The summit was designed to increase pressure on national leaders ahead of climate negotiations in Paris later this year. Last month, Pope Francis released a landmark environmental encyclical, urging the world to do more to fight human-induced global warming.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    New research suggests older women with mild memory problems worsen twice as quickly as men. That was in a report presented today at an international conference on Alzheimer’s disease here in Washington. Women make up nearly two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s cases in the U.S., but scientists say they are still baffled as to why the disease disproportionately affects so many more women than men.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Stocks fell on Wall Street today after several disappointing corporate earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 181 points to close at 17919. The Nasdaq fell more than 10 points and the S&P 500 slipped nine points.

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