Netanyahu makes his case on Iran,
but to audiences with limited leverage

(J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

The Israeli prime minister was speaking to any number of audiences Tuesday with his landmark speech to Congress. Most of those listening, however, have only glancing authority to stop the deal or influence negotiations now nearing a deadline.

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