What's Happening: Iran Deal Raises Hopes and Eyebrows
There are lots—lots—of opinions about Thursday's framework nuclear accord between Iran and six world powers. Some surprising (albeit cautious) advocates included Saudi Arabia and religious leaders in Iran. Republican presidential hopefuls were less sanguine. Iranians danced in the streets of Tehran and President Hassan Rouhani said his country would stick to the terms of the deal.
The highlights: While the final deal still needs to be worked out, Graham Allison details five crucial numbers related to the framework agreement, from breakout time to centrifuges to pounds of enriched uranium.
Bigger outcomes: Although no deal could ensure Iran never gets nuclear weapons, Jeffrey Goldberg writes, "there are still things this American president can do to check Iran’s power in long-lasting ways." Meanwhile, Peter Beinart argues that the real achievement of the Iran deal could be a long-needed detente between Washington and Tehran.
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“We’re just like the Stasi!” [Jon Ronson, author of the new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed] told New York in an interview, and by "we" he means modern society.
—Spencer Kornhaber, wondering whether attacks on online culture have become a touch too histrionic.
Conor Friedersdorf wonders whether small businesses like Memories Pizza in Indiana are the best targets of civil rights advocates' rage:
I ... suspect that the sorts of businesses that are uncomfortable catering a hypothetical gay wedding aren't uniquely averse to events where same-sex couples are celebrating nuptials. I'd wager, for example, that they'd feel a religious obligation to refrain from catering an art exhibition filled with sacrilegious pieces like Piss Christ, the awards ceremony for pornography professionals, a Planned Parenthood holiday party, or a Richard Dawkins speaking engagement.