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In this Oct. 26, 2010, file photo, a worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr. Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone a temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday, June 20, 2021. An official from the state electric energy company, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days.” (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

U.S. ready, but Iran stalls in nuclear talks, Biden envoy says

- The Washington Times

President Biden’s point man on Iran policy said Wednesday that the administration has spent more than six months telling Iran that Washington is prepared to remove sanctions former President Trump imposed on Tehran when he pulled the U.S. out of the Obama-era nuclear deal, as long as the Iranians agree to return to the agreement that curbs their suspect nuclear programs.

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In this file photo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gen. Milley has insisted there was “a significant degree of intelligence” indicating the Chinese military was on alert for a U.S. attack in October 2020 in the hectic run-up to the November U.S. presidential election, a claim disputed by civilian defense officials who served in the Trump administration. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP)  **FILE**

Milley war-scare calls to Chinese general questioned

- The Washington Times

President Trump and his closest aide insist they were never informed of intelligence in late 2020 suggesting China's military was prepping for a surprise U.S. attack, information that prompted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to launch private, back-channel diplomacy to de-escalate supposed war tensions.

In this Thursday, July 22, 2021, file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Mrs. Pelosi is now backing away from President Biden’s push to give the Internal Revenue Service access to all bank transactions above $600 on Tuesday, saying that while she was committed to the policy its monetary threshold would be subject to “negotiation."   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  **FILE**

Pelosi: $600 IRS reporting threshold subject to 'negotiation'

- The Washington Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi retreated from President Biden's push to give the Internal Revenue Service access to all bank transactions above $600 on Tuesday, saying that while she was committed to the policy its threshold would be subject to "negotiation."

Taliban fighters ride in the back of a vehicle during a night patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Taliban are shifting from being warriors to an urban police force. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) ** FILE **

Taliban say they won't work with U.S. to contain Islamic State

- Associated Press

The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August.

President Joe Biden listens during a meeting with business leaders about the debt limit in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's approval rating drops to 38% in Quinnipiac poll

- The Washington Times

President Biden's approval has slipped to 38%, its lowest level since he's taken office, with Americans giving him poor marks for his handling of several important issues, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.