U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said on Tuesday that he sees an "overwhelming" vote to pass the Iran nuclear review bill as soon as Thursday. Corker, a Republican, told reporters at the U.S. Capitol that leaders were still working out a way to allow the Senate to consider amendments to the bill, which would allow Congress to review an international nuclear agreement with Tehran before most sanctions on Iran could be waived. "My sense is that Thursday there's a very good chance that we'll have an overwhelming vote," Corker said. A dispute among Republican senators over amendments last week left Senate leaders scrambling for a way to move forward with the legislation, which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a 19-0 vote.
Fox News personality Mike Huckabee threw his hat in the race for the US presidency Tuesday, joining a swelling crowd of contenders for the Republican nomination. The conservative Huckabee, a former Baptist minister who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican ticket seven years ago, announced at his campaign debut that he is taking another shot at the world's top job. "With your help and God's, we will make the journey from Hope to higher ground," Huckabee told a cheering crowd in his home town of Hope, Arkansas. Huckabee, 59, is a former governor of Arkansas, the same post Bill Clinton held when he won the presidential election in 1992.