TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: John Kerry aborted a Middle East trip to join talks in Geneva on a nuclear deal with Iran, where he and U.S. allies are working on a proposal that would ease sanctions in exchange for a freeze on Iran's nuclear development. Stateside, the October jobs report of 204,000 new jobs in the month beat expectations, while unemployment ticked up to 7.3 percent. The report's value for unemployment, however, was diminished by the effects of the government shutdown. Elsewhere, a massive typhoon made landfall in the Philippines, killing at least three people—and likely many more—and displacing millions.
NUCLEAR TALKS WITH IRAN: John Kerry is in Geneva with top European officials, working to resolve outstanding issues on a proposal that would freeze some nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of certain sanctions. "Iranian officials have effusively praised what they call progress in the negotiations, while Iran's major adversaries, most notably Israel, have strongly criticized any agreement that does not entirely derail the country's increasingly sophisticated nuclear enrichment capacity." (Gordon/Landler, NYT)
$15 MINIMUM WAGE: A city in Washington state has approved raising the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour for workers at and around the airport, and New Jersey voted to raise the statewide minimum wage by $1 to $8.25. Both increases are set to take effect at the start of 2014. Meanwhile, Obama is throwing support behind congressional Democrats pushing for a federal minimum wage increase to $10.10. (Dave Jamieson, HuffPo)
JOB GROWTH STRONG, CONFUSING: "Economists use the jobs report as a key signpost for tracking the growth of the economy. But, thanks to the government shutdown, Friday's report is sending muddled signals. The economy added 204,000 jobs, and unemployment ticked up to 7.3 percent last month, according to the October jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics." (Catherine Hollander, NJ).
OBAMA, AVERT YOUR EYES: It might look like a high-octane ski slope, but it's Obama's approval rating over the past year. (McGill/Condon, NJ)
THE WEEKEND IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Chris Christie will bask in victory with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week. On Sunday, he'll also appear on Meet the Press, Fox New Sunday, and Face the Nation. Honor a veteran on Monday.
SUPER TYPHOON: "The strongest typhoon in the world this year and possibly the most powerful ever to hit land smashed into the Philippines on Friday, forcing more than a million people to flee, flooding villages and raising fears of widespread casualties." Here's an unbelievable video of what it looks like from up close. (Mogato/Francisco, Reuters)
CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate contrarians make up a sliver of climate scientists, so why are they getting so much attention. (John Abraham, The Guardian).
HILLARY'S BIGGEST THREAT? The New Republic's new cover channels John Malkovich to make a vivid, creepy case that the biggest thing standing in Hillary Rodham Clinton's way in 2016 might be Elizabeth Warren. (TNR)
CHINA: A PAPER TIGER? America and the rest of the world should be less concerned about a rising China than about a sputtering—or even a crashing—China that could someday turn the world economy's greatest growth center into a global albatross. (Kushner/Hirsh, NJ)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 2 MINUTES: Rob Ford's real problem might have to do more with his hearing than crack. And Stephen Colbert sounds off on the dangers of ENDA. (Reena Flores, NJ)