For John, BLUF: Hardball in the Nation's Capitol. Nothing to see here; just move along.
One of the big issues before the US Congress is the multilateral agreement with Iran regarding Iranian nuclear programs, the Joint Action Plan. This is an agreement (not a Treaty) between the P5+1 (the UN Security Council Permanent Members plus Germany) and Iran, to provide a short term freeze on Iranian nuclear programs.
From The New York Daily News we have "Sen. Robert Menendez may have had sex with underage hookers in Dominican Republic: prosecutors". As the first three paragraphs of the story point out, Senator Menendez brings this on himself by asking the question. But still, it looks funny, given that the Democrat Senator from New Jersey has gone against the President on the Iran Deal.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that they aren’t convinced claims U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez cavorted with underage hookers – widely seen as discredited – are false.Yes, it does look like the Administration is messing with Senator Menendez. Punishing him for opposing the President on a President high priority issue. It is the Chicago Way.
Lawyers for the New Jersey Democrat last week asked a federal judge to dismiss charges that the senator took bribes from a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, and in exchange used his power to do business and personal favors for him.
The defense said the case is bogus because it sprang from "easily disprovable" claims that Menendez slept with underage prostitutes while hosted by Melgen at a Dominican Republic villa.
Regards — Cliff