Obama, Republicans Face-Off on Immigration

Sunday show roundup: Obama backs immigration action as Republicans differ on best way to fight it

On Sunday, President Obama defended his decision to take executive action and grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, telling Republicans if they dislike it, they should go ahead and pass legislation to fix the broken-immigration system.

Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

Zarif screams so loud bodyguards have entered the room, Iranian diplomat claims

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10VIENNA—Iran's foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press.

Iran: Nuke Deal ‘Impossible’ by Deadline 

U.S., Iran to focus on final framework to extend talks past deadline 

VIENNA—Nuclear negotiations between Iran and Western nations are likely to be extended beyond Monday's deadline, according to Iranian officials who said that it would be "impossible" in ink a final pact before Nov. 24.

Siberia by Train

Review: David Greene’s ‘Midnight in Siberia'

Snow ripples over sleepers between curving rails on the Trans-Siberian railroad, Oct. 28, 1978In Midnight in Siberia, National Public Radio host David Greene uses the Siberian Express as a literal and figurative vehicle to explore Russia’s heart. Travelling with his NPR companion and Russian interlocutor, Sergei, this book isn’t simply a travel book. Midnight in Siberia is a strong exploration of Russia’s troubled present, which takes seriously the complexities of the matters it addresses.

Kerry: ‘Big gaps’ remain between U.S. and Iran

Source: Kerry 'desperate to show progress' on deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media after closed-door nuclear talks on Iran taking place in ViennaSecretary of State John Kerry told reporters Saturday afternoon that "big" and "serious gaps" remain between the United States and Iran as both nations rush to ink a deal aimed at containing Tehran's nuclear work just over 48 hours before a self-imposed deadline for the talks expires.

From Russia With Love

Review: Brian Krebs’ ‘Spam Nation’

For ordinary Internet users, email spam is an inconvenience and a mystery. Diving into the spam folder to rescue legitimate correspondence, they are confronted with seedy missives from the Internet’s dark side—cryptic, misspelled messages from old friends urging them to click a link and reconnect, or else “laughably-awful filter-beating projects” seemingly generated by “some huge Dada machine,” to borrow a memorable phrase from the 2013 book Spam by Finn Brunton.