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The US has agreed to train and equip "moderate" Syrians in the fight against ISIS. But it's demanding that trainees agree not to make war on the oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. Is that policy doomed to failure?

Also, protests in Ferguson escalate over the weekend and violence erupts. On today's Talking Point, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds for his challenge to Hillary Clinton. Today, she's meeting his call for "debt free" college with a plan to guarantee "no-loan tuition." We hear what's behind the slogans.  

Photo: A fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Al Rahman legion carries a weapon as he walks towards his position on the frontline against the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus. (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Charlotte Duren
Christine Detz

Protests in Ferguson Escalate over the Weekend, Violence Erupts 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Last night there was violence again in Ferguson, Missouri — on the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. Gunfire interrupted Police Chief Andre Anderson as he talked with reporters. Mariah Stewart is the Huffington Post’s Ferguson Fellow. She covers the St Louis Metropolitan area. 

Guests:
Mariah Stewart, Huffington Post (@MzzzMariah )

Finding Friends to Fight ISIS in Syria 34 MIN, 26 SEC

The US set out to train and equip some 5000 so-called "moderate" rebels in Syria, but fewer than 60 have qualified. The US demands they pledge to fight only against ISIS, not against the regime of Bashar al-Assad — even though it’s what made them rebels in the first place. Critics say the Obama Administration is failing. Some advocate renewed focus on getting rid of Assad. Others say there are no better options — and that Assad might be the best of the unacceptable alternatives.

Guests:
Adam Entous, Wall Street Journal (@adamentous)
Jeffrey White, Washington Institute for New East Policy (@JeffWhite25)
Barry Posen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@MIT_SSP)
Amr Al-Azm, Shawnee State University (@alazmamr)

Restraint

Barry R. Posen

Clinton Unveils College Tuition Plan amid Sanders' Challenge 9 MIN, 5 SEC

The Republican presidential primary campaign is all caught up in the controversy over Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly. Meantime, the Democrats are arguing over how to cope with the high cost of college. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is drawing crowds for his presidential campaign, in part by proposing that college be "debt free." Today, Hillary Clinton is announcing a plan of her own, as we hear from Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, who covers the economics of education for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post (@DaniDougPost)

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