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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.

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“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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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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