Will a Historic Agreement Be a Historic Mistake?
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The historic deal between Iran, the US and 5 other countries is already controversial from Capitol to the Middle East. Also, workers at Walmart are staging the first of a series of strikes across the country set to culminate on Black Friday. We find out what they're asking, how the world's biggest retailer is responding and what's at stake for America's consumer economy.
Banner image: US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif after the P5+1 and Iran concluded negotiations about Iran's nuclear capabilities on November 24, 2013. State Department photo
Will a Historic Agreement Be a Historic Mistake? ()
For the first time since the Islamic revolution 34 years ago, the US and Iran have signed an agreement. Six other nations have also agreed that economic sanctions will be suspended for six months in exchange for a temporary freeze on Iran's nuclear program. Congress and America's allies are sharply divided. Although both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the deal, there's trouble with both political parties in the US Senate, from South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham, who wants to get tougher, to New York Democrat Charles Schumer, one of Israel's most vigorous supporters on Capitol Hill. We hear the arguments from Washington and the Middle East.
- Ed O'Keefe: Washington Post, @edatpost
- David Sanger: New York Times, @SangerNYT
- Louis Charbonneau: Reuters, @lou_reuters
- Rami Khouri: Daily Star, @RamiKhouri
Walmart, Wages, and Black Friday Walkouts ()
In Miami today, Walmart workers became the latest participants in a week of labor actions scheduled to culminate on Black Friday. Workers are demanding $25,000 a year, full-time jobs for those who want them and an end to retaliation against those who participating in labor actions. As it leads other retailers in opening up for business on Thanksgiving Day, how is Walmart responding? What's the potential impact on the consumer economy?
- Steven Greenhouse: New York Times, @greenhousenyt
- Megan McArdle: Bloomberg View, @asymmetricinfo
- Rich Yeselson: veteran union researcher and journalist, @yeselson
- Chris Morran: Consumerist.com, @consumerist
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