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With the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, it appears that federal agencies will stay in business—at least for the moment.  But Republicans are divided among themselves, and the fight over Planned Parenthood threatens a possible government shutdown. 

Also, Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz after a big loss to the Taliban. on today's Talking Point, Shell Oil won't drill in the Arctic after all. 

Photo: Carly Fiorina (Gage Skidmore)

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Katie Cooper
Paul von Zielbauer

Afghan Forces Fight to Retake City after Big Loss to Taliban 6 MIN, 29 SEC

American airpower is striking Taliban forces, which seized parts of the Northern Afghan city of Kunduz yesterday. It was the Taliban's biggest victory since it was ousted from power in 2001. Sune Engel Rasmussen is a freelance reporter in Kabul who writes for the Guardian and the Economist.

Guests:
Sune Engel Rasmussen, freelance journalist (@SuneEngel)

Divided Republicans and the Politics of Abortion 33 MIN, 55 SEC

There won't be a government shutdown this week, but there may only have been a postponement — as the fight continues over Planned Parenthood. At a hearing today, the group's president said, "Deceptively edited videos" are being used to support "outrageous accusations" about abortion and fetal tissue. Republicans insisted the organization does "bad things" with federal money, while Democrats renewed their charge of a "war against women." With GOP leaders under siege in both houses, the business of government could again become hostage to politics — possibly before the end of this year.

Guests:
John Bresnahan, Politico (@BresPolitico)
Sandra Fluke, attorney and women's rights activist (@SandraFluke)
David Harsanyi, The Federalist (@davidharsanyi)
Sarah Chamberlain, Republican Main Street Partnership (@MainStreetGOP)

More:
WSJ/NBC News poll on Planned Parenthood
Bresnahan on Boehner's decision to quit

The Consequences of Shell Leaving the Arctic 9 MIN, 4 SEC

In 1968, oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay, and the State of Alaska experienced a bonanza. The next bonanza was expected to come from the Arctic Ocean — but now, it just might not happen.


Courtesy of Shell Oil

Royal Dutch Shell invested $7 billion exploring for oil in the Arctic Ocean. President Obama took heat from environmentalists when he approved further drilling. But yesterday, the company said, "Never mind," and announced that it's leaving. Mead Treadwell is President of PT Capital, which invests in Arctic opportunities. He's a former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.

Guests:
Mead Treadwell, PT Capital (@Mead_Treadwell)

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