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Western officials say they've increased "momentum" against the Islamic State, and high-ranking ISIS leaders are being killed. But can military action destroy ISIS if Muslim societies don't address angry young people caught between modernization and an ancient religion?

Today's Talking Point: President Obama last night chided the Fourth Estate for enabling the rise of Donald Trump.

Photo: A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul (Reuters/Stringer)

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Christine Detz
Evan George

Big Win for Public Unions after 4-4 SCOTUS Ruling 6 MIN, 4 SEC

The US Supreme court today made its first major four-to-four ruling since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia left it without its full complement of nine members. It appears that Scalia's absence made a difference. Adam Liptak covers the court for the New York Times.

Guests:
Adam Liptak, New York Times (@adamliptak)

Can ISIS Be Destroyed by the West? 34 MIN, 15 SEC

In the aftermath of the latest bombings in Europe, US officials say progress is being made toward destroying the Islamic State. But even as they're being taken out, ISIS leaders are quickly replaced, and ISIS reportedly trains 1000 potential terrorists every month.  Is it time to re-think Western reliance on military action, which appears to intensify Islamic resentment and anger? Will the danger continue until Muslim societies first recognize and then address the grievances only they can resolve?    

Guests:
David Ignatius, Washington Post / Harvard's Kennedy School of Government (@IgnatiusPost)
Andrew Bacevich, Boston University
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)
Anne Speckhard, Georgetown University School of Medicine (@AnneSpeckhard)

More:
NY Times on how ISIS built its machinery of terror under Europe's gaze
Ignatius on how Europeans can build the security structures they need
Ignatius on the costs of Obama's Syria policy
Bacevich's 'America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History'
Speckhard's 'Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18 - Al Qaeda Inspired, Homegrown Terrorism in the West'

In the Lion's Den

Andrew Tabler

Obama Chides the Media 9 MIN, 10 SEC

During every presidency, relations between the news media and the White House are subject to strain. At an awards dinner for political reporters last night, President Obama had some pointed comments about the current state of journalism -- especially when it comes to this year's presidential campaign. We hear the latest example.

Guests:
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Ted Bridis, Associated Press (@tbridis)

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