This story gives a brilliant account of the lengths Obama is going to to try and prevent and challenge to his authority in negotiations with Iran. In this instance, it includes not only his Chief of Staff issuing warnings to Congress and Obama’s Cabinet members wading in, but also personal phone calls from Obama to the Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a request that Senate Democrats let the White House know if they are planning on signing the draft bill.

This is simply outstanding evidence for the power of persuasion but not just of the President, but rather of his whole branch, with the VP, Cabinet and EXOP all involved.

It is also a useful example for any question on the control of foreign policy, as well as further evidence of the dysfunction that current plagues Capitol Hill.

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