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buried lead

November 25th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Imprisoned American left out of Iran deal

Two words are nowhere to be found in the pages of text that spell out a new interim nuclear deal with Iran: Saeed Abedini.

Now some supporters of the American pastor, who's been detained in Iran for more than a year, are accusing U.S. officials of betraying Abedini by signing off on an agreement that doesn't get him out of prison.

"We were across the table from the Iranians, and we did not bring home Americans. To me that's a tragedy and that's outrageous," said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family in the United States.

While analysts debated the nuclear agreement's pros and cons, Abedini's wife, Naghmeah, said she was trying to comfort her two young children.

"It's very painful," she told CNN's "The Lead" on Monday. "My kids were crying this morning, saying, 'God, don't let Daddy die. Bring him home.' "

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buried lead

November 25th, 2013
06:21 PM ET

Pastor's wife: I fear he'll die in Iran

The United States had Iran at the negotiating table but didn’t secure the release of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor held captive in Iran.

Now activists like Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, are questioning whether the administration left Abedini behind.

“We had the ultimate negotiating capability,” Sekulow said. “The Iranian sanctions that the United States government put on the Iranians have been significant enough that it brought the Iranians to the table, and we blinked. The United States blinked, and that’s the tragedy in all this.”

Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife, fears her husband will die in Iran.

“In this prison he’s with murderers on death row; we’re worried about his health,” she said. “He will not survive the eight years if he doesn’t get out of there immediately.”

politics lead

November 25th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Former governor: Obamacare 'sticker shock' already setting in

Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean discuss whether President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law can work in the long run.

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world lead

November 25th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Haass: Opponents of Iran deal 'asking too much'

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told CNN's John Berman dissenters in the diplomatic fallout from the historic P5+1 agreement with Iran expect too much of the rogue nation.

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politics lead

November 25th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Boehner tries, eventually enrolls in Obamacare

After all the problems with the Obamacare website, and people losing insurance, could there be a new unexpected failure for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law? A failure to fail, as it were, creating, perhaps, embarrassing success for the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner.