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Report: Iran agrees to first-ever nuclear talks with U.S.

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For the first time, Iran has agreed to direct negotiations with the U.S. regarding the country’s nuclear capability, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The report says that, according to officials in President Barack Obama’s administration, their Iranian counterparts have asked for the meetings to be delayed until after the results of the Nov. 6 U.S. presidential election between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

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Obama and Romney will have their final debate, centering on foreign policy, on Oct. 22. Earlier this month, Romney said in a campaign speech he “would not hesitate” to impose new sanctions on Iran. He also promised in July to “respect” a strike by Israel against the country’s nuclear facilities if it felt it was necessary.

The Obama administration has had financial and energy sanctions in place against Iran on top of existing United Nations sanctions.

But the agreement itself comes after years of secret discussions between both parties. It is unknown whether the Iranian supreme authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had “signed off” on these talks, but the report said the Iranian officials involved report directly to him.

American officials told the Times that one potential sticking point could be the scope of the discussion; while the U.S. is reportedly interested in keeping the talks centered on Iran’s nuclear program, the report said, Iranian officials also want to discuss other points of conflict like Syria and Bahrain.

“We’ve always seen the nuclear issue as independent,” said one anonymous American official. “We’re not going to allow them to draw a linkage.”

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Trump accuses Democrats of ‘trying to steal an election’ with mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats of conspiring to steal an election at a hastily arranged news conference held at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

And angry Trump lashed out at Democrats for seeking to allow voting by mail in the November election.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) briefed members of the Democratic Caucus on Saturday about the state of negotiations over the next coronavirus stimulus bill.

Luke Broadwater, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times, posted a thread about the call on Twitter, citing "sources on call."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also on the call, and reportedly blasted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for the failure to reach a deal.

“Meadows, when John Boehner and Paul Ryan was Speaker, impeded every agreement they tried to make with us on must-pass legislation," Hoyer reported said.

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Democratic pressure on intel agencies exposed a motherlode of information on foreign meddling helping Trump: report

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On Saturday, Politico reported that congressional Democrats believe their pressure campaign on the intelligence community was crucial to exposing Russia's newest plot to interfere with U.S. elections on behalf of President Donald Trump.

"For weeks, top Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate have been blaring warnings and demanding briefings and public disclosures from the intelligence community, shrugging off Republican charges that they’re politicizing intelligence," reported Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney. "And Democrats can now point to evidence that their pressure campaign might be working. On Friday, the Trump administration’s counterintelligence chief publicly confirmed that Russia is attempting to harm Joe Biden’s candidacy in 2020. The official, William Evanina, even singled out a pro-Russia Ukrainian, Andrii Derkach, as a key participant in the Kremlin’s new effort."

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