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Iran nuclear talks to restart as US emphasizes it’s ‘prepared to use other options’ if diplomacy fails

Iran nuclear talks to restart as US emphasizes it’s ‘prepared to use other options’ if diplomacy fails

The US and its allies restart Iran nuclear talks on Monday unsure how Tehran’s new government will approach negotiations, not optimistic about the prospects ahead and emphasizing that if diplomacy fails, the US is “prepared to use other options.” The parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will reconvene in Vienna after almost six…MORE

First lady Jill Biden to unveil the holiday theme and decor for the White House Monday
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First lady Jill Biden to unveil the holiday theme and decor for the White House Monday

First lady Jill Biden will reveal the theme and decor for the White House holiday trimmings on Monday, her office announced. Biden will be joined by a National Guard family in honor of the National Guard’s role in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, a statement from her office said Saturday. The presence of the National…MORE

Moderate House Republican warns McCarthy over embracing far-right members
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Moderate House Republican warns McCarthy over embracing far-right members

A moderate House Republican is firing off a warning shot at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as he caters to his right flank in a quest for the speaker’s gavel. “He’s taking the middle of the conference for granted,” the GOP lawmaker told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal conference…MORE

Even in Nantucket, Biden can’t escape the harsh reality of the pandemic
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Even in Nantucket, Biden can’t escape the harsh reality of the pandemic

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden descended on the island of Nantucket this week looking to preserve the sense of normalcy that the nation was so looking forward to over this holiday season. The President and first lady brought a brood of children, grandchildren and their significant others to their island Thanksgiving getaway…MORE

Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar was terrorist in anti-Muslim remarks at event
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Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar was terrorist in anti-Muslim remarks at event

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado apologized to “anyone in the Muslim community I offended” on Twitter Friday after video surfaced of her making anti-Muslim comments last weekend about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. In the video, posted last Saturday on Facebook from an event that day, Boebert implied Omar had been mistaken for…MORE

Biden restricts travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday
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Biden restricts travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday

President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. Acting on advice from the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from…MORE

Biden administration calls for hike in federal drilling fees in report that largely sidesteps climate issues
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Biden administration calls for hike in federal drilling fees in report that largely sidesteps climate issues

The Department of the Interior on Friday released a long-awaited review of oil and gas drilling on federal lands and oceans that recommends an increase in leasing fees and consideration of environmental concerns in leasing decisions. But the report largely sidesteps climate change issues, and does not recommend a halt to new oil and gas…MORE

‘Quite disruptive’: Months-long processing delays leave people out of work amid nationwide labor shortage
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‘Quite disruptive’: Months-long processing delays leave people out of work amid nationwide labor shortage

Dayana Vera de Aponte had locked in her holiday plans after nearly two years of uncertainty fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, but then the unexpected happen: she lost her job because of an unprecedented US government backlog. Vera de Aponte, a registered behavior technician for special needs children in Florida, had to walk away from…MORE

Trump pulls strings behind the scenes to help loyal 2022 candidates
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Trump pulls strings behind the scenes to help loyal 2022 candidates

Former President Donald Trump has taken his involvement in 2022 Republican primaries to a new level as he works to permanently mold the GOP in his image. Beyond Trump’s public efforts to oust Republican incumbents he considers disloyal, he has quietly tried to clear potential GOP threats to his endorsed candidates and encouraged others to…MORE

Five US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan
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Five US lawmakers defy China by meeting with officials in Taiwan

Five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials, defying Beijing to visit the contested island. “When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, wrote Thursday on Twitter. “The…MORE

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