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Tentative Iran Deal Surprises Local Lawmakers

News of a tentative deal being reached with Iran came as a surprise to many on Capitol Hill. Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is lauding the deal.

"I think the Iranians for the first time have made genuine concessions that can be evaluated on a daily basis," says Connolly.

Now it's a waiting game to see if the nation will halt its nuclear program as further negotiations take place over the next six months. Israeli officials and critics at home say the deal is a mere smokescreen. Connolly says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has an untenable position.

"But I think that his position that it has to be all or nothing wrapped up in one initial agreement and only one agreement, is simply not workable," he says. "The United States and Iran haven't even talked to each other in 30 years."

Congress is in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday, but many Republicans are already calling for increased sanctions.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Group To Set Industry Standards For Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming part of everyday life: think Apple's Siri. Major tech firms formed a group to help the public understand AI and develop standards so it isn't misused.

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