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Last night, President Obama insisted that he's a champion of the middle class, calling Senator Elizabeth Warren, environmentalists and organized labor flat out “wrong” for opposing his trade deal with 11 other nations. We hear from defenders of the massive trade deal and from opponents, including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Also, as Saudi Strikes in Yemen resume, Obama looks the other way. On today's Talking Point, would higher education for prisoners make society safer? Who should pay?

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper

As Saudi Strikes in Yemen Resume, Obama Looks the Other Way 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Saudi Arabian planes bombed Yemen again today, despite yesterday's announcement that the month-long air war was over. The Yemini Civil War is considered part of a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran — and US support for the Saudis could have an impact on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. That's according to Yochi Dreazen, managing editor of news at Foreign Policy magazine.

Guests:
Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy magazine (@yochidreazen)

More:
Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Yemen, Iran nuclear negotiations

It's Touch and Go for the Biggest Trade Deal in History 33 MIN, 41 SEC

President Obama has been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 Asian-Pacific countries, although details are secret. He calls it a vital opening to Asian markets that are key to American prosperity. Having negotiated since 2009, the President wants it as part of his legacy, and he's asking Congress to re-authorize so-called "fast track" authority. Most Republicans agree -- but his own party is sharply divided. Elizabeth Warren and other progressives see a giveaway of national sovereignty with billions of taxpayer dollars going to multi-national corporations. Labor leaders and environmentalists call it NAFTA on steroids. We hear both sides.

Guests:
Bernie Sanders, US Senate (I-VT) (@SenSanders)
Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics (@PIIE_com)
Harold Meyerson, Editor and Columnist (@haroldmeyerson)
Caitlin Webber, Bloomberg (@caitlinwebber)

More:
Obama on Elizabeth Warren being wrong about the TPP (MSNBC)
Sanders on TPP as a job-killing trade deal

Should We Let More Prisoners Take College Classes? 9 MIN, 39 SEC

The 1980's were the Era of Rehabilitation in American prisons. There were 350 college degree programs for inmates nationwide. In the 1990's, the country got "tough on crime;" it was an Era of Retribution, and opportunities for education were withdrawn. Now, at some prisons, some inmates are being allowed to take classes again. We hear from one of them — and one of his teachers.

Photo: publik15

Guests:
John J. Lennon, Attica Correctional Facility
Doran Larson, Hamilton College

More:
Lennon's New York Times op-ed on letting prisoners take college courses
Larson's MOOC, 'Incarceration's Witnesses: American Prison Writing'

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