White House Officials Plot Ways to Pressure Lawmakers Into Supporting Iran Deal


VIENNA—White House officials on Monday held a private conference call with liberal organizations to help plot ways to pressure Democrats and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to an audio recording of that call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Hong Kong’s Democrats Face Uncertain Future

Tents set up by pro-democracy protesters are seen in an occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty district in Hong Kong Tuesday, Nov. 11

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is likely to incur more resistance to reforms in the coming years after the recent defeat of a China-backed proposal for restricted elections in the city, analysts say.

Nearly 50,000 people demonstrated in the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, the anniversary of the city’s transfer from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Democracy advocates say Beijing has failed to fulfill its promise to Hong Kong of sustaining a “one country, two systems” policy, whereby city residents would enjoy free elections and more civil liberties than the mainland.