WASHINGTON (AP)—A lame-duck president, an empowered opposition, a looming election: They’re hardly the ingredients for a resounding White House triumph.
Yet President Barack Obama clinched a huge victory on the Iran nuclear deal in Congress this past week as Senate Democrats blocked GOP attempts to get a disapproval resolution to his desk.
Frustrated House Republicans settled for passing two related measures destined to go nowhere.
The outcome was especially notable for a White House with a history of bungling legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill, and a president known for a hands-off relationship with lawmakers, even his own Democrats.
This time was different—according to administration officials and lawmakers of both parties.