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NEW YORK (AFP) – The United States is looking to see if Iran is prepared to engage seriously with the international community in the dragging talks on its suspect nuclear program, U.S. officials said Monday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif will attend key nuclear talks Thursday in New York, which “will give our ministers a sense of their level of seriousness and whether they are coming with concrete new proposals and whether this charm offensive actually has substance to it,” a senior State Department official said.

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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