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world lead

November 15th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

White House: Israeli numbers on Iran sanctions are wrong

The United States, along with the four other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany came close to a deal during talks with Iran last week in Geneva, but the discussions ended with both sides blaming each other for the lack of an agreement.

The group is meeting again in Geneva next week.

Deputy national security adviser for strategic communication for President Barack Obama Ben Rhodes said they are now "very close" to a deal with Iran.

"We do believe that we can achieve ... a first step in an agreement that halts the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, rolls back some of elements of that program, in exchange for some modest relief (from sanctions)," Rhodes said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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politics lead

November 15th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

Roundtable: President losing trust over Obamacare

It's a crisis of confidence with the American people and the President's own party. The Republican-led House passed a bill Friday, giving insurance companies the option of extending coverage through next year that was supposed to be cancelled for not complying with Obamacare.

While the President has promised a veto if the bill makes it to his desk, 39 Democrats crossed party lines to push the bill through.
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November 15th, 2013
04:22 PM ET

Official: Talks 'getting close' to deal with Iran on nuclear program

(CNN) - The United States and other countries are "getting close" to an interim deal with Iran that would prevent its nuclear program "from advancing, and roll it back" in key areas, a senior administration official said Friday.

Such a deal would "extend the breakout time" that Iran would need to achieve a nuclear weapon and "shorten the time to notice if they tried," the official told reporters on the condition of not being identified.

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pop lead

November 15th, 2013
12:36 PM ET

Web only: Why Matt Damon supports public schools, but sends his kids to private school

Actor Matt Damon has spoken out about teachers' unions and public schools, rallying teachers at a march in Washington in 2011 decrying the widespread use of standardized testing to judge how well teachers, students and schools are performing. At that event, he also challenged a reporter who questioned a teacher's incentive to put in work on the job, and went after a cameraman who proposed that 10 percent of teachers are bad.

Inevitably, he has critics – some conservatives take issue with Damon's involvement in this contentious issue, and have attacked him for sending his daughters to private school.

"The private school that I send my kids to is the thing closest to the public school that I went to that I could find. And that’s why I send my kids to private school," said Damon.
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November 15th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Say 'hello' to Stephen Merchant

Is your DVR selection for Sunday night thinning out a bit since the end of "Breaking Bbad? Sure, there's football, "The Walking Dead," "Homeland," but couch potatoes need options. The Lead is here to help. HBO has another little gem on its schedule, called "Hello Ladies".

The creator and star of the show is Stephen Merchant, and if you don't know him, you definitely know his hits. Merchant and writing partner Ricky Gervais are the creative team behind "The Office." Merchant also had a small but memorable on-screen role on the British version of the series, playing "the oggmonster," and as Gervais' agent in the HBO series "Extras."

Merchant describes the characters he and Gervais have played as "delusional."

"The thing that always has amused me in comedy is people with a lack of self-awareness ... and that just for some reason always makes me laugh. I always find characters with those flaws funnier ... than a nice guy who just makes some jokes occasionally," said Merchant.
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