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Meanwhile, Iran's nuclear program has slowed almost to a halt

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The Los Angeles Times has encouraging news that nobody is talking about on the Tee Vee Machine because it's more beneficial to them to concentrate on all the controversy over the Affordable Care Act, besmirching the president, and creating even more drama in order to boost ratings.

Well, here at the Political Carnival, we can write and chew gum at the same time. Happy Friday:

Iran's new government has slowed expansion of its nuclear program almost to a halt since August, according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, in what experts view as a strong signal of Tehran's desire to resolve a decade-long diplomatic standoff.

A report released Thursday by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency provides the first independent evidence that President Hassan Rouhani, who was elected in June after promising to end the crisis, has essentially stopped new work at Iran's nuclear facilities, including enrichment of uranium and construction of the heavy-water reactor at Arak. [...]

With sanctions slowly strangling Iran's oil-based economy, Rouhani and his top aides have declared their eagerness to do a deal and thaw long-frozen relations with the West. The IAEA report, which reflects developments in Iran since Aug. 28, provides a measure of tangible reassurance that Rouhani is serious, analysts said.

What a socialist war monger President Obama is.

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ENTIRE VIDEO: President Obama remarks on Iran, possible government shutdown

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President Obama spoke from the briefing room today. Here's are recaps from Los Angeles Times and Politico email alerts:

President Obama said today that he had spoken by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first such direct contact between the presidents of the two countries since 1979.

"I do believe there is a basis for resolution" of the standoff over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, Obama said in the White House briefing room, reiterating two points that have been crucial to Iran.

"I've made clear that we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy in the context of Iran meeting its obligations," the president said, adding that an agreement on the issue could lead to "relief" from international sanctions that have harmed Iran's economy.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

And via Politico:

President Barack Obama on Friday called on the House to approve the government funding bill passed earlier in the day by the Senate, warning that failure to do so would force a government shutdown but would not stop the implementation of his health care law.

"If Congress chooses not to pass a budget by Monday, the end of the fiscal year, they will shut down the government along with many vital services that the American people depend on," he said from the White House briefing room. The Senate "acted responsibly" by passing its bill, he said, and "now it's up to the Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same."

He asked Republicans "to think about who you're hurting" by letting the government shut down, and said "it would throw a wrench into the gears of our economy at a time when those gears have gained some traction."

Even "many Republican senators and many Republican governors have urged Republicans to knock it off, pass a budget and move on. Let's get this done," Obama said.

He also made clear that a government shutdown wouldn't stop the Affordable Care Act from being implemented. "That's not going to happen. More than 100 million Americans currently already have new benefits and protections under the law. On Tuesday, about 40 million more Americans will be able to finally buy quality affordable health care just like anybody else."

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VIDEO: Obama, Netanyahu press conference, including admonishing NBC's Chuck Todd for asking too many questions

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As I watched the Obama/Netanyahu Press Conference Moment of More-Than-Chuck-Todd-Bargained-For live, I noticed tweets flying by saying things like:

"Chuck Todd. Sigh."

"I know. I caught that. Hope msm is listening (Hear that FOX?) Todd's pissing me off again tho"

"#ChuckTodd such an a**hole!"

Seems Chuck overstepped just a tad by jamming in more questions than was allotted to each reporter. The responses he got were in fun, but made the point.

President Obama:

"Chuck, How many you got? Do you guys do this in the Israeli press? You say you get one question and then you add like five? You see how the young lady from Channel One, she had one question, she was very well-behaved, Chuck?"

Netanyahu

"These are Talmudic questions -- they have iterations."

Todd:

"I thought I had four questions. Passover starts in a couple days, I get four questions, right?"

Netanyahu:

"Look, and this is not a kosher question, but don't hog it."

Chuck, to Netanyahu:

"My question to you was going to be, why do you believe the Israeli people have not embraced President Obama the same way they've embraced our last two U.S. presidents?"

President Obama:

"So you had to get a polling question in there right at the end. Chuck. I mean you're just incorrigible."

Then there was Todd's question about why peace talks have stumbled during the president's first term. Here is the president's answer:

"Look, the opening premise to your question was, having failed to achieve peace in my first term, then I must have screwed up somehow... My commitment was not to achieve a peace deal in my first year, or my second year, or my third year, that would have been nice. What I said was, I was not gonna wait to START on the issue until my second term, because I thought it was too important, and that's exactly what I did."

so there

Here are the opening remarks:

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