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Former U.S. ambassador doesn’t see Iran nuclear deal happening this year as escalations mount

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A series of back-and-forth retaliatory moves and antagonizing statements between Washington and Tehran are putting the Biden administration’s plans for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal into greater peril by the day.  “You can’t act with impunity. Be......

House Democrats strike deal with moderates on anti-corruption bill

Politico
Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “Sometimes a win is not what you initially shot for,” said Luria, who will support the final bill after securing an amendment to clearly state that any public financing for campaigns would not come from taxpayer dollars. “Sometimes a compromise......

Former Michigan health director got payout in ‘confidentiality’ deal

Detriot News
Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration agreed to pay former state health department director Robert Gordon $155,506 in a separation deal that also required the two sides to maintain confidentiality about the circumstances that led to his abrupt......

Sources: Rockets’ Oladipo turns down 2-year deal

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Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo recently turned down a two-year, $45.2 million maximum contract extension, the most the franchise could offer him before summer free agency, sources told ESPN. As expected, Oladipo is pursuing a longer-term deal, sources said, something that the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow the Rockets to......

CAE nears deal to buy L3Harris’s military training business for $1.5 billion: WSJ

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: The logo of L3Harris is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Reuters) – Canada’s CAE Inc is nearing a deal to buy L3Harris Technologies Inc’s military training division for $1.05 billion,......

Iran nuclear deal: Tehran rules out informal talks on reviving accord

BBC
“Considering the recent actions and statements by the United States and three European powers, Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was proposed by the EU foreign policy chief,” spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted by Iranian media as saying. BBC –......

South Africa signs J&J vaccine deal, eases restrictions

Reuters
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: A worker looks on as the second delivery of the Johnson......

UFC Fight Night takeaways: Ciryl Gane the real deal; no division hotter than bantamweight

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Jeff Wagenheim: A win is a win for Ciryl Gane UFC matchmakers have prepared a seasonal tasting menu of heavyweight fighting for your dining pleasure. The main course, a championship bout at UFC 260 between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, is still a month away from coming to the table.......

AT&T, loaded with debt from its DirecTV deal, sells part of its TV business to a private equity firm.

New York Times
AT&T is selling part of its TV business, which consists of the DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse brands, to the private equity firm TPG in a spinoff deal as it looks to shed assets to deal with a burdensome debt load and focus on its mobile telephone and streaming businesses.......

Texas regents approve $34.2M deal for Sarkisian

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AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas System regents on Thursday approved a six-year, $34.2 million guaranteed contract for new Longhorns football coach Steve Sarkisian. The regents also approved more than $21 million in guaranteed contracts for Sarkisian’s staff. Three of his top assistants got three-year guaranteed contracts worth more than......

China seems to be living up to trade deal pledges, Biden’s agriculture secretary says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack believes China is making good on promises it made as part of the landmark phase one trade deal it signed with the U.S. last......

Candidate Biden Called Saudi Arabia a ‘Pariah.’ He Now Has to Deal With It.

New York Times
WASHINGTON — As a candidate, President Biden left no doubt what he thought about how the United States should deal with Saudi Arabia. His plan, he said, was to make the Saudis “pay the price, and make them in fact the pariah that they are.” Mr. Biden was equally blunt......

Bucs would be ‘elated’ to extend Brady’s deal

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Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Thursday that he and coach Bruce Arians would be “elated” if they could get a deal done with quarterback Tom Brady to keep him in Tampa beyond his two-year contract, which will end after the 2021 season. Licht said Tuesday on the Rich Eisen......

Padres owner on Tatis deal: ‘Nothing we can’t do’

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres majority owner Peter Seidler couldn’t make it any clearer. He doesn’t think San Diego is a small market but rather views it for what it is: the eighth-largest city in the United States. And he’s certain the Padres can handle the three nine-figure contracts......

Philippines’ Duterte says still undecided on future of U.S. troop deal

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr./File Photo MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has not made a decision yet on the......

AT&T nears deal with TPG to sell large minority stake in DirecTV, U-verse

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here AT&T is nearing a deal to sell a substantial minority stake in its DirecTV and U-verse business to private-equity firm TPG, according to people familiar with the matter. A deal could be announced as soon as this week, said the......

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