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August 12, 2015

President Obama, Congressman John Lewis, and Others Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Fifty years ago, on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law -- a landmark piece of legislation breaking down barriers across the South that prevented countless African Americans from voting.

Last week, President Obama hosted a discussion at the White House to mark the Act's 50th anniversary, featuring Congressman John Lewis, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, and others.

Click here to watch the President's remarks.

The White House Defends the Iran Deal

The U.S. and our international partners have secured the strongest nuclear arrangement ever negotiated. Thanks to the nuclear deal -- formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- the world can verifiably prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

It's an historic deal. It's vital to our national security and that of our allies, like Israel. It's also very detailed and can seem a bit complicated. So if you're looking to dive deep into the details, here are five things you should explore to better understand why this deal will ensure Iran's nuclear program will remain exclusively peaceful moving forward.

Watch This: President Obama's speech at American University

Fifty-two years ago, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at American University on the importance of peace in the nuclear age. This week, President Obama returned there to do the same. He outlined exactly what's in the Iran deal and what's at stake should Congress reject it.

Take a look -- it's worth the watch.

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