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Elections in New Jersey, Virginia and Alabama may contain signals of political change. We look at yesterday's results in those state and others. Also, John Kerry is in Jerusalem trying to shore up Middle East peace talks, and the US Supreme Court takes up another case on prayer in public meetings. Does it have to be "nonsectarian?"

Banner image: Democrat Terry McAuliffe celebrates his gubernatorial victory over Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Photo: McAuliffe campaign

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Gideon Brower

Making News John Kerry in Jerusalem to Shore Up Peace Talks 7 MIN, 45 SEC

After visiting Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State John Kerry met today with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, who've been throwing cold water on renewed negotiations which began only three months ago. Joel Greenberg is special correspondent based in Jerusalem for the McClatchy Newspapers.

Guests:
Joel Greenberg, McClatchy Newspapers

Main Topic Results Are In and It's Time for Reading Political Tea Leaves 32 MIN, 1 SEC

Yesterday in New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie won a massive victory, including the votes of traditional Democrats. In Virginia, Democrat Terry McCauliffe was barely elected Governor, but that made political history in a presidential swing state. In Alabama, Bradley Byrne and mainstream GOP money defeated Tea Party candidate Dean Young in a Republican congressional primary. In New York City, Bill de Blasio became the first Democrat elected Mayor of that liberal city in more than two decades. The elections produced some evidence of political change and a lot of speculation. What are the lessons for both parties and the potential consequences for the Obama agenda?

Guests:
Jonathan Martin, New York Times (@jmartpolitico)
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia Center for Politics (@larrysabato)
Joey Kennedy, Alabama Media Group (@joeykennedy)
Dana Coffield, Denver Post (@denpostdana)
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal (@HotlineJosh)

Today's Talking Point Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Town of Greece v. Galloway 11 MIN, 10 SEC

Thirty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that prayers before public meetings do not violate the Constitutional prohibition against the "establishment of religion." Today, it revisited the issue in a case involving the city council of Greece, New York, a town near Rochester. A Jew and an atheist protested references to Jesus Christ, and a federal appellate court agreed that their rights had been violated. Today's US Supreme Court session began after the standard invocation, "God save the United States and this honorable court." 

Guests:
Adam Liptak, New York Times (@adamliptak)
Wendy Kaminer, Atlantic
David French, American Center for Law and Justice (@ACLJ)

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