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President Obama has attacked union leaders and senators of his own party in unusually personal terms. Even former House speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's harder for Democrats to love each other than it used to be. How deep is the split between centrist pragmatism and progressive ideology? How will it look to the voters in next year's primary campaigns?

Also, the House passes a defense bill opposed by Obama. On today's Talking Point, remembering B.B. King. 

Photo: (L-R) Maryland's Congressional representatives Donna Edwards and Congressman Chris Van Hollen may represent the split in Democratic ideology

Producers:
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

House Passes Defense Bill Opposed by Obama 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The House today passed a defense authorization bill calling for $612 billion in Pentagon spending. The President says that's the right amount, but he's still threatening a veto. Molly O'Toole reports for Atlantic Media's online publication, "Defense One."

Guests:
Molly O'Toole, Foreign Policy magazine (@mollymotoole)

Are the Democrats Suffering an Identity Crisis? 33 MIN, 15 SEC

Hillary Clinton may not be facing much of a primary challenge, but that doesn't mean that Democrats aren't divided among themselves. Left-wing Progressives are beginning to sound like Tea-Party Conservatives. They don't want compromise with Republicans -- or other Democrats. It starts at the top with the President and Senator Elizabeth Warren disagreeing on free trade, and it's playing out in primary races around the country. One reporter calls it an ancient "blood feud" that's finally come out in the open. Is it all about ideology versus pragmatism or the best way to raise money?

Guests:
Robert Draper, New York Times Magazine / National Geographic / GQ (@DraperRobert)
Jonathan Cowan, Third Way (@Jonathan_Cowan)
Brad Miller, Roosevelt Institute
Peter Fenn, Fenn Communications / George Washington University (@peterhfenn)

More:
Draper on the "great Democratic crack-up of 2016"
'TtP' on Obama, Democrats and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Gallup poll on Congressional approval rating
Politico on the Democratic meltdown

Blues Legend B.B. King Dies 10 MIN, 11 SEC

B.B. King picked cotton on the plantation where he was born, but rose to become a world-travelling ambassador for the blues. He died yesterday in Las Vegas at the age of 89. "Lucille" was B.B. King's song about one of his first guitars, and it's the name he gave all the others he played during his extraordinary career. Jon Pareles, chief pop music critic for The New York Times, has more on the blues legend's career and his influence.


B.B. King at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, May 2007
Photo by Kasra Ganjavi


B.B. King at his home, October 8, 2014
Photo: B.B. King



Guests:
Jon Pareles, New York Times (@jonpareles)

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Eric Clapton on B.B. King

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