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President Obama says he's decided to punish Syria for the use of chemical weapons. Now he's asking support from Congress, even though both parties are sharply divided. We hear about the politics and the long-term consequences for coping with weapons of mass destruction. Also, Israel tests its missile defense, and declining financial support for America's Parks and Forests.  Is the nation turning it's back on the concept "public good?"

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Gideon Brower

Today's Talking Point Nicholas Kristof on the Dilapidated State of Our Public Lands 8 MIN, 8 SEC

The western writer Wallace Stegner called America's National Parks the nation's "best idea." But facilities in both the Parks and the National Forests are being allowed to decline. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm in Oregon. This summer, he went home in a way, with his 15-year-old daughter to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs south from the Canadian border to Mexico. That led to a column on the current status of America's wilderness preserves.

Guests:
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times (@NickKristof)

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Cheryl Strayed

Making News Israel Tests Missile Defense 7 MIN, 49 SEC

When it appeared that the US was about to attack Syria, Israelis flocked to collect gas masks in case it might be a target of retribution. Today, Israel test-fired a missile, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "it is not advisable" for anyone to harm his country.  Edmund Sanders is in Jerusalem for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times (@edmundsanders)

Main Topic The President, Congress and the 'Red Line' in Syria 35 MIN, 50 SEC

Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi left the White House today supporting President Obama's plan to punish Syria's use of chemical weapons. But both the parties they lead are sharply divided. So why has the President asked Congress to debate a decision he says he's already made? Without more international backing, does he need time to plead his case to the American people?  What if Congress says "no?" What's at stake for American security and international sanctions against weapons of mass destruction?

 




Guests:
Martin Kady, Politico (@mkady)
Adam Schiff, US Congress (D-CA) (@RepAdamSchiff )
Janice Hahn, US Congress (D-CA) (@Rep_JaniceHahn)
Dennis Ross, US Congress (R-FL) (@RepDennisRoss)
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)
Michael Hirsh, National Journal (@michaelphirsh)

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