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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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'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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