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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

Making News Will a Historic Agreement Be a Historic Mistake? 24 MIN, 41 SEC

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, National Security Correspondent for the New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Louis Charbonneau, Reuters (@lou_reuters)
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)

Confront and Conceal

David E. Sanger

Main Topic Walmart, Wages, and Black Friday Walkouts 27 MIN, 20 SEC

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, journalist and author (@greenhousenyt)
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View (@asymmetricinfo)
Rich Yeselson, veteran union researcher and journalist (@yeselson)
Chris Morran, Consumerist.com (@consumerist)

The Big Squeeze

Steven Greenhouse

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