Analysis: Prisoner swap puts Republicans in a tough spot

President Barack Obama pauses as he makes a statement on the release of Americans by Iran, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran's release of five Americans gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to deliver a harsh reminder to the Republicans wanting to succeed him: You can promise to pull back the hand I've extended to Iran and Cuba — nations the U.S. once cut off — but it won't be easy and it may be lonely.

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