WASHINGTON (AP) — New signs are emerging that international sanctions are taking a deepening toll on Iran's economy — putting billions of dollars in oil money out of the government's reach. Yet there is no indication the distress is achieving the West's ultimate goal of forcing the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear program.
If your idea of a fun time, or if your employer's idea of a fun time, is being awake at 6 AM to watch cable news, you actually got something interesting this morning. On CNN's New Day, President Obama sat down for a lengthy, pre-recorded interview with Chris Cuomo. And, in covering a wide stretch of ground, Obama touched on some particularly interesting issues.
The battle for the Senate is primed to go down to the wire. Democrats can lose up to five seats while retaining the majority -- assuming Cory Booker wins October's special election in New Jersey -- but the party is threatened by members facing tough races in the Deep South and other conservative states. Already, races for three Democratic-held open seats (Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia) are favoring Republicans, and Sen. Mark Pryor is looking in tenuous shape in Arkansas.