FROM Louis Charbonneau
Low Expectations for Current Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Despite predictions of failure from leaders on both sides, six world powers began talks with Iran today. The goal is a final settlement on Tehran's contested nuclear program. Vienna is the location of the first round of high-level negotiations since an interim deal was reached in November. United Nations Bureau Chief Louis Charbonneau is there for Reuters News Service .
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.
UN Weapons Inspectors Present Their Report on Syria For the first time, an internationally recognized team of experts has confirmed the use of chemical weapons. A United Nations team reports " clear and convincing evidence " that rockets containing the nerve agent Sarin were used against civilians, including children, in Damascus on August 21. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefed the UN Security Council today. Louis Charbonneau is UN Bureau Chief for Reuters .
Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Syrian President Assad at UN At least 17 more deaths were reported today in the suburbs of Damascus as Hillary Clinton prepared to confront Russia in the UN Security Council. The issue is the Arab League plan calling for Bashar al-Assad to step down as President of Syria. Louis Charbonneau reports from the United Nations for Reuters.
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.