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TOP TALKER: “Israel, U.S. Lawmakers Press Case Against Iran Deal” by Jay Solomon, Nicholas Casey, and Carol Lee: “There is an alternative: to stand firm, get a much better deal, a deal that can be trusted,” Israel’s intelligence chief, Yuval Steinitz, said. “The deal has to be made on the assumption that Iran might violate it.” Among Mr. Steinitz’s appeals: that Iran cease all nuclear research and development activity; remove its enriched uranium stockpile from the country; and reduce the number of operational centrifuges to below what was agreed upon last week.” [WSJHaaretz]

CORKER CHRONICLES: “G.O.P. Senator Is Major Player in Iran Accord” by Ashley Parker and Peter Baker: “There are few people on Capitol Hill more important to the White House right now than Mr. Corker, the silver-haired senator with the Southern drawl who sees himself as a bridge builder in a Senate known for polarization. At the White House, nobody likes his bill, which would give Congress a 60-day window to debate the Iran agreement before voting yes or no or taking no action, but Mr. Obama and his advisers see him as someone who might work with them to revise the legislation and ultimately make a deal.” [NYTimes] • “Corker: ‘Obama Doctrine’ Means Abandoning Middle East”[BloombergView]

“Chuck Schumer bucks White House on Iran” by Burgess Everett: “Schumer is strongly endorsing passage of a law opposed by President Obama that would give Congress an avenue to reject the White House-brokered framework unveiled last week. “I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur,” Schumer said… While there’s no guarantee that Congress would ultimately reject an agreement with Iran, there’s an increasingly bipartisan consensus that Congress should at least have the ability to do so.” [Politico] • AJC blasts ‘disgraceful and misleading Huffington Post smear headline’ – “Schumer Veers Toward War”[Twitter] • Shomer? or… “Top Republican candidates to challenge Schumer” [NYPost]

Obama to NPR’s Steve Inskeep: ‘Misjudgment’ To Make Iran Deal Contingent On Recognizing Israel: “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Obama said. “And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment. I want to return to this point: We want Iran not to have nuclear weapons precisely because we can’t bank on the nature of the regime changing.” [NPR] • Watch Jake Tapper interview Ben Rhodes on Iran, Israel [CNN]

Flashback: “President Bill Clinton on Virtues of North Korean Nuclear Deal” [YouTube]

‘Bees are good,’ Obama says at Easter Egg Roll as children scream — @BlakeHounshell: “Who will be the first pundit to use this anecdote to decry Obama’s Iran deal?” [Twitter]

Saudi Arabia cautiously endorses Iran deal: “Saudi Arabia released a cautious statement Monday endorsing the nuclear “framework” agreement reached last week between Iran and six world powers. The careful Saudi embrace of the Iran deal stands in contrast to that of Israel.” [Politico]

Jeffrey Goldberg: “If Netanyahu would only move away from his maximalist goal of spiking the deal and think instead about shaping the deal in ways that could meet many of Israel’s needs, he would have a much greater chance of success. However, in order to do this, he needs a domestic partner. He himself has close to zero credibility in the White House… Someone who has credibility, however, is Isaac Herzog.” [TheAtlantic] • Daniel Drezner: “Netanyahu is the least important player on the Iran chessboard” [WashPost]

Bret Stephens: “It is typically crass of Mr. Obama that he should try to justify his failed diplomacy with the false alternative of a hypothetical war. If John Kerry were half as canny a negotiator as Javad Zarif, we’d have a better deal in hand.” [WSJ] • Eli Lake: “Obama Undermines His Own Case for the Iran Deal” [BloombergView] • Editorial: “In promoting the deal, President Obama may lock the U.S. into a weaker position” [WashPost]

“Is the U.S.-Iran Cyber War Over?” by Shane Harris: “U.S. officials and cyber security experts aren’t betting that Iran will give up its pursuit of another strategic arsenal: cyber weapons, which the country has been rapidly acquiring and using against U.S. targets. And the American cyber espionage campaign against Iran? The experts and officials expect that to continue, as well.” [DailyBeast] • “There’s a brewing conflict within Iran that could derail a future nuclear deal” [BusinessInsider] • “Translation of Iranian Fact Sheet on the Nuclear Negotiations” [Harvard]

DRIVING THE DAY: “Rand Paul set to declare presidential bid today” by Catalina Camia: “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is poised to officially join the 2016 presidential race today, hoping to remake the Republican Party with a mix of libertarian and conservative ideals that can attract minorities and young people.” [USA Today] • At 11:30am, watch Paul announce at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky [CSPAN] • “Rand Paul’s power players” by Katie Glueck [Politico]

“GOP Hawks Set to Ruin Rand Paul’s Big Day” by Josh Rogin: “In the first salvo of the 2016 Republican ad wars, a conservative group is about to unleash a seven-figure ad campaign targeting Senator Rand Paul for being out of step with the party on Iran, just as he launches his presidential campaign.” [BloombergView]

HAPPENING TODAY: “In Tallahassee on Tuesday, Rubio will attend another fundraiser — this one set to include former staffers and lobbyists, magnate Sheldon Adelson, pro-Israel Republicans, and executives from Florida Crystals sugar. That fundraiser was readily advertised by Rubio supporters, unlike the one held by D’Isernia.” [Politico]

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STARTUP SPOTLIGHT: “Josh Reeves & Tomer London’s ZenPayroll Start-Up Raises $60 Million From Group Led by Google Investment Arm” by Michael J. de la Merced: “Processing companies’ payrolls may not seem like the hottest business opportunity around. But ZenPayroll, a start-up just over two years old, has drawn a number of big backers to do just that. The company plans to announce on Monday that it has raised $60 million from a group led by Google Capital, an investment arm of the technology giant.” [DealBook]

BUSINESS BRIEFS: “In a twist, 37-year-old single mother developer Toby Moskovitz envisions offices—not apartments—for Williamsburg” [WSJ] • “Developer Michael Stern of tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere will build his first Williamsburg condo” [Crains] • “Kalisman and Sapir lobby for control of Mondrian SoHo” [NYPost] • “Weinstein Co. Selling TV Division to ITV in Potential $950 Million Deal” [HollywoodReporter]

SPORTS BLINK: “Mitchell Schwartz shows up big as ‘Jew of Stature’ for local school” by Jeremy Fowler: “Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz joked that there are more Jewish NFL owners than NFL players. Last he heard, Schwartz and his brother Geoff, a Giants offensive linemen, are two of about seven or eight Jewish-American players in the NFL. Schwartz was honored to be a fourth-grade student’s choice for a “Jews of Stature” project at Gross Schechter Day School in Cleveland.” [ESPN]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “At Success Academy Charter Schools, High Scores and Polarizing Tactics” by Kate Taylor: “Those kinds of numbers have helped Success, led by Eva S. Moskowitz, expand to become the city’s largest network of charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated. By next year Ms. Moskowitz, known for her attention-grabbing rallies and skirmishes with the teachers’ union and Mayor Bill de Blasio, will have 43 schools; a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could bring her closer to her goal of 100. That would give Success more schools than Buffalo, the state’s second-largest district.” [NYTimes]

TALK OF OUR NATION: “How a Secret Charity Helps Jewish Groups Feel Safe” by Josh Nathan-Kazis: “Secure Community Network Grew Out of Squabble Over Access to FBI… SCN exists at the nexus of government, private enterprise and not-for-profits. It has no employees; its activities are subcontracted out to one of Goldenberg’s private firms. Its sponsors, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and the Jewish Federations of North America, boast that the organization has been able to deliver millions of dollars in programs through its public and private partners despite its relatively small budget of less than $500,000 a year.” [Forward]

HAMPTONS SCENE: “25 years after Spielberg drove through a storm to keep his word to the rabbi, Schneier’s synagogue is a religious powerhouse that boasts among its congregants some of the biggest names in American Jewry, from captains of industries to top US top politicians. And it’s a formidable force in US and Jewish politics, linking the two worlds through one synagogue built on New York’s most prime real estate.” [YNet]

HAPPENING TONIGHT: “Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?,” Jeffrey Goldberg will discuss his Atlantic magazine cover story with James Bennet at Sixth&I in D.C. [Sixth&I]

DESSERT: “Kosher Hotel Being Built in Suburban Boston” by Dani Klein: “Construction began in the fall on the King David hotel and synagogue in West Roxbury, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, and a short drive south from Jewish neighborhoods in Brookline, Newton, Brighton… The main level (lobby) will have a kosher King David grill and bar restaurant, gift shop, synagogue…” [YTK]

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