United States Senate Close To Deal To End Shutdown And Reopen Government

General Assembly last month when they announced the plan for this weeks meeting. A day after the Kerry-Zarif meeting, President Barack Obama and Rouhani spoke by telephone, the highest level U.S.-Iranian contact since Irans Islamic revolution in 1979. Washington and Tehran have not had diplomatic relations since 1980. CHANGE IN TONE Rouhani said in New York last month that he wanted a deal with the P5+1 within three to six months. Zarif played down expectations that an agreement would be reached this week. Tomorrow is the start of a difficult and relatively time-consuming way forward, he said on his Facebook page late on Sunday. I am hopeful that by Wednesday we can reach agreement on a road map to find a path towards resolution. But even with the goodwill of the other side, to reach agreement on details and start implementation will likely require another meeting at ministerial level, he said. The U.S. official said the Obama administration was encouraged that Rouhani, who avoids the strident anti-Western and anti-Israeli rhetoric of his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had a mandate to pursue a more moderate course. But Tehran must be put to the test, he added.

A longtime journalist with The Guardian, Simon Winchester is also the author of The Professor and the Madman.

Campbell Team News Panama-United States Preview: Visitors to rest key stars Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have already confirmed their place at next year’s World Cup and will rest Landon Donovan among others, giving hosts hope of qualifying for Brazil 2014 Comments DON EMMERT / AFP Panama face the United States in their final World Cup qualifying fixture with a slim chance of claiming a play-off place. Julio Dely Valdes’ charges trail fourth-placed Mexico by three points, meaning they have to beat the USA and hope Mexico lose away to Costa Rica. That scenario appears unlikely, with Mexico still harbouring hopes of an automatic qualification berth from the Concacaf section. But with the United States already confirming their place in Brazil next year, Panama will be confident of an upset against Jurgen Klinsmann’s outfit. If Panama are to secure an improbable intercontinental play-off with New Zealand they will have to arrest a run of four games without victory. That included a 1-0 defeat to the United States in the Gold Cup final in July, but they will be well backed by the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez support. Panama’s hopes of a play-off spot were dealt a blow after they lost 2-1 to Mexico on Saturday. Luis Tejada had cancelled out OribePeralta’s opener, but with just five minutes remaining Raul Jimenez notched a crucial winner. The United States are already assured of their place as group winners, as they hold an unassailable lead over second-place Costa Rica. Klinsmann’s team have lost just twice in nine outings in the group, and their latest success came with a 2-0 home win over Jamaica on Friday. It took until the 77th minute to find the breakthrough as Graham Zusi netted before Jozy Altidore confirmed victory. Panama’s task is made even more daunting by the USA’s recent form. The United States have tasted defeat just once in 15 matches.

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“The general framework is there” between Reid and McConnell, said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. He said conversations with the House were continuing and he thought it would be midday Tuesday at the earliest before a plan was finalized. Many House conservatives were unhappy about the emerging framework, though it remained to be seen whether they would seek to change it. We have had an opportunity over the last couple of days to have some very constructive exchanges of views about how to move forward…Those discussions continue, and I share (the) optimism that we’re going to get a result that will be acceptable to both sides. – GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky The plan is a far cry from the assault on “Obamacare” that tea party Republicans originally demanded as a condition for a short-term funding bill to keep the government fully operational. It lacks the budget cuts demanded by Republicans in exchange for increasing the government’s $16.7 trillion borrowing cap. Nor does the framework contain any of a secondary set of House GOP demands, like a one-year delay in the health law’s mandate that individuals buy insurance. Instead, it appeared likely to tighten income verification requirements for individuals who qualify for Obamacare subsidies and may repeal a $63 fee that companies must pay for each person they cover under the big health care overhaul beginning in 2014. Democratic and Republican aides described the outlines of the potential agreement on condition of anonymity because the discussions were ongoing. But with GOP poll numbers plummeting and the country growing weary of a shutdown entering its third week, Senate Republicans in particular were eager to end the shutdown and avoid an even greater crisis if the government were to default later this month. Any legislation backed by both Reid and McConnell can be expected to sail through the Senate, though any individual senators could delay it. But it’s another story in the House, where it wasn’t winning a lot of fans among conservatives. Rep.