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Moammar Gadhafi continues his holdout in Libya, as upheaval continues in the Middle East. Will Iran be affected by the rage for freedom or has it gained new influence in the region, without doing a thing? Also, President Obama meets with state governors.

Banner image: Libyan protesters step on a poster of leader Moammar Gadhafi in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on February 28, 2011. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner
Darrell Satzman

Making News Obama Meets with State Governors 7 MIN, 47 SEC

President Obama warned the nation's Governors' Conference today against making needed savings at the expense of public servants. With half the states suing to overturn his healthcare reform, the President also told the governors they can design alternative plans as long as they meet the goals of the program. Marc Ambinder is the White House correspondent for the National Journal.

Guests:
Marc Ambinder, The Week (@marcambinder)

Main Topic Gadhafi Facing Setbacks at Home and Abroad 21 MIN, 9 SEC

Moammar Gadhafi continues to hold out in Tripoli, and the United States says no option is "off the table." Secretary of State Clinton today denounced the Libyan leader for using "mercenaries and thugs" against his own people. Meantime, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was scheduled to visit the White House. But, while unanimously approving tough sanctions, the UN Security Council has banned intervention. It's unclear if Lybia faces civil war, or what the country might look like after Gadhafi. The so-called “Arab Spring” has led to regime change in Egypt and high anxiety in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. What does that mean for American interests?

Guests:
Colum Lynch, Washington Post (@columlynch)
Ronald Bruce St. John, political scientist and author
Benjamin Barber, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

Libya

Ronald Bruce St John

Main Topic Arab Upheaval: Can Iran Take Advantage? 22 MIN, 4 SEC

Now that major rivals are deposed or worried about their own futures, has Iran gained new influence in the region, without doing a thing?

Guests:
Michael Slackman, Foreign Correspondent, New York Times
Mariam Memarsadeghi, Tavaana E-learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society
Suzanne Maloney, former Policy Advisor, State Department

Iran's Long Reach

Suzanne Maloney

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