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The disparate elements of a divided Republican Party are frantic to stop the looming takeover by Donald Trump. It doesn't help that potential alternatives Rubio, Kasich and Cruz have all agreed to support him if he wins the nomination -- and there's not much time left. 

Later on the program, cyber war's been a fact of life for decades…but Washington didn't take it seriously until President Ronald Reagan saw a Hollywood movie. We hear the secret history of information warfare.

Photo: Elvert Barnes

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Christine Detz
Evan George

Biden Lands in Israel amid Netanyahu Snub of Obama 6 MIN, 9 SEC

Vice President Joe Biden landed in Israel today with plans to meet Benjamin Netanyahu tomorrow.  The Prime Minister recently cancelled a visit to Washington — and turned down a visit to the Obama White House, as we hear from Jerusalem-based freelance reporter Joel Greenberg.

Guests:
Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter

More:
Washington Post on Biden's trip to Israel

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures by Unhappy Republicans 31 MIN, 52 SEC

Big money is finally being spent by Republicans desperate to prevent Donald Trump from winning their party's presidential nomination. Mitt Romney's voice is featured in robo-calls on behalf of alternative prospects. And if Rubio, Kasich and Ted Cruz together could stop Trump's nomination, Romney says he would accept the choice of a so-called "brokered convention." We hear more about that scheme and others as time is running out for moderate, conservative and Tea-Party Republicans.

Guests:
Matea Gold, Washington Post (@mateagold)
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist (@MZHemingway)
Bruce Bartlett, journalist and historian (@BruceBartlett)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)

More:
American Future Fund on stopping Trump
Mitt Romney's anti-Trump speech
Gold on GOP split, embracing or racing to stop Trump
The Federalist on five reasons every American should oppose Trump
Bartlett on voting for Trump to destroy the Republican Party

The Secret History of Cyber War 11 MIN, 24 SEC

When he was relaxing at Camp David in 1983, Ronald Reagan happened to see the film War Games, starring the young Mathew Broderick as a "tech-whiz teenager" who thinks he's playing a computer game. It turns out that the kid has unwittingly hacked into America's real-world defense system, and he almost starts World War III.  President Reagan's reaction to that film begins the new book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, by Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and author Fred Kaplan, who's currently national security correspondent for Slate.

Guests:
Fred Kaplan, Slate (@fmkaplan)

Dark Territory

Fred Kaplan

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