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Daybreak: Iran Revs Up Reactor

Plus U.N. hints at unilateral state backing, and more in the news

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When the reactor was first loaded, in August.(IIPA via Getty Images)

• Iran re-started loading its nuclear reactor with fuel, after a delay presumed to have been caused by Stuxnet; it should start producing electricity in the next few months. [WP]

• The U.N. Mideast negotiator told Prime Minister Fayyad that the body would support a Palestinian declaration of statehood over the next year. [JPost]

• Rep. Nita Lowey (D-New York) fired back at minority whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) for saying the GOP would separate aid to Israel from the foreign operations bill, ostensibly to protect it from cuts. [Laura Rozen]

• Roger Cohen blames the West for provoking Turkey’s eastward turn. [NYT]

• Jonathan Franzen visits the White House, and Ben Smith thinks the inspiration for one of Freedom’s main characters, the former rocker Richard Katz, is newly Tea-drinking former Velvet Underground drummer Mo Tucker. (Although one pictures Katz in a Lou Reed-type leather jacket.) [Ben Smith]

• Joseph Stein, who wrote the book to a musical you may have seen called Fiddler on the Roof, died at 98. [NYT]

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Daybreak: Iran Revs Up Reactor

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