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Today’s meeting between Presidents Obama and Karzai was billed as crucial to mapping the end of America’s longest war.   

Making News FAA Reviews Safety of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner

A battery fire broke out this week in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked at Logan Airport in Boston—the latest in a series of incidents that led the FAA to announce today it’s launching a full-scale safety review.

Guests:
Dominic Gates, Aerospace reporter for the Seattle Times (@SeaTimesAero)

Main Topic What Will We Leave Behind in Afghanistan After 2014?

Less than a year ago, the US and NATO promised continued assistance and training for ten more years, with the Pentagon talking of 6 to 9000 soldiers.  Then, the White House said a “zero” troop option was “on the table.” Could drones and limited special forces prevent the country’s collapse?

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai met yesterday with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Today, he lunched with the President at the White House, and afterwards they spoke to reporters. Today’s meeting between Presidents Obama and Karzai was billed as crucial to mapping the end of America’s longest war. At the Pentagon yesterday, Afghanistan’s President Karzai said he hoped the US would make sure his country would “not ever again be threatened by terrorists.”  But many factors have reduced his clout in Washington and with the American people.

Guests:
James Kitfield, National Security Correspondent, National Journal
David Barno, Center for a New American Security
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Dexter Filkins, Correspondent in Afghanistan for the New York Times, Author

Reporter's Notebook Hollywood Goes to Washington to Talk Violence

Thanks to our guests.  As part of preparing recommendations for reducing gun violence, Vice President Biden met last night with executives of the film industry—and today with the makers and promoters of video games.  


Vice President Biden says he’s most likely to focus on background checks, the type of weapons Americans are allowed to own and on high-capacity magazines.  The NRA insists that exposure to violence in films and video games is the real cause of deadly gun violence. 

Guests:
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew )

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