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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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Fox News hosts are going back to downplaying threat from coronavirus: report

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Major Fox News personalities like Sean Hannity spent weeks assuring viewers that the novel coronavirus wasn't a serious threat. In recent weeks, however, they have shifted to a different narrative, acknowledging that the virus is dangerous but giving President Donald Trump credit for taking action and criticizing Democrats' lack of action — even though many Democrats, in fact, warned the pubic first.

But according to The Daily Beast, even as there is no clear end to the crisis in sight, and even as the U.S. crosses 13,000 deaths, many Fox News hosts are going back to downplaying the virus, either telling viewers it wasn't as bad as advertised and urging the president to end public safety measures against it.

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The dangers of Trump TV: MSNBC host hammers Fox News as ‘genuine public health threat’ amid pandemic

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Tuesday night, Fox News decided that all anyone needed to do is to pump Americans with a Malaria drug and send them back to work to save President Donald Trump's economy.

Speaking Wednesday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes bashed the conservative network for downplaying the seriousness of coronavirus, saying that they are "a genuine public health threat."

While Trump has advisers like Dr. Anthony Fauci, he also has the unofficial advisers he sees on Fox News.

They "are coalescing around the idea the whole thing is just overblown and we need to pump everyone full of the malaria drug and get them back to work. This is what you heard if you watch trump tv just last night," Hayes said. He then played clips illustrating exactly that, with hosts ranting and raving about the virus not being as serious as the flu.

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‘Don’t let him rewrite history’: GOP ex-congressman slams Trump for painting fewer than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths as a victory

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At Wednesday's coronavirus task force press conference, President Donald Trump reiterated his claim that if fewer than 100,000 Americans die from COVID-19, it will be a victory for him.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) had none of it.

He ignored the warnings. He ignored the scientists & doctors. He refused to prepare. He lied about the virus. This country wasn’t ready. People got sick. People died. People lost their jobs. Because he cared more about himself than the country.

Don’t let him rewrite history. https://t.co/9snqoJ1VQI

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