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The failures of Egypt's newly elected leader are creating economic and political chaos, which could spread trouble all over the Middle East. We hear what's at stake for the US and how it might influence the outcome. Also, the US Senate and the first debate on gun control legislation in 20 years.

Banner image: A man works on a graffiti of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi near Tahrir Square in Cairo January 24, 2013. Photo by Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Making News Congress Takes Up Gun Control and Immigration Reform 24 MIN, 10 SEC

Gun control is on the move in the Senate, and two-thirds of Americans support a "path to citizenship" for undocumented workers. Last night, President Obama dined at the White House with leading Republicans. Can he get them to support him on those issues and his budget compromise?

Guests:
Martin Kady, Politico (@mkady)
Fawn Johnson, National Journal (@fawnjohnson)
Damian Paletta, Wall Street Journal (@damianpaletta)

Main Topic Will Democracy Turn to Chaos in Egypt? 27 MIN, 19 SEC

After the so-called "Arab Spring" led to the downfall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt lived through months of military dictatorship until voters chose Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to be their President.  Now the country is facing economic collapse, violent religious confrontations and serious questions about free speech and democracy. With the new government failing to forge a political consensus, authoritarianism may not be a thing of the past. Can the US prevent the Middle East's most influential country from dashing hopes for democracy and stability in the region?

Guests:
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@kirkpatricknyt)
Heba Morayef, Human Rights Watch (@hebamorayef)
Roula Khalaf, Financial Times (@khalafroula)
Michael Wahid Hanna, Century Foundation (@mwhanna1)

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