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The President has asked Congress to authorize military action against the so-called "Islamic State." Republicans say he's imposing too many limits. Democrats say there aren't enough.

Also, a Ukraine-Russia ceasefire agreement. On today's Talking Point, from impoverished kid in Kentucky to millionaire owner of 6 homes and a private jet, we hear about the world's most successful sports bettor.

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Sonya Geis
Gideon Brower

Ukraine-Russia Ceasefire Agreement Reached 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After 16 hours of overnight negotiations, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have agreed to a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and the demilitarization of eastern Ukraine. Ian Traynor, editor of the Guardian newspaper, joins us from Brussels with an update.

Guests:
Ian Traynor, Guardian newspaper (@traynorbrussels)

More:
IMF on $17.5 billion loan to back Ukraine reform plan

The Political Battle over Going to War 34 MIN, 7 SEC

The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, and President Obama has formally asked it to authorize limited warfare against ISIL, the so-called Islamic State.

Republicans and Democrats agree on his objective — but they're divided about his proposal. The President's military action would last for just three years with no "enduring" ground combat, but he'd also leave in effect the many options given George W. Bush after 911. For conservative Republicans, there are too many limits. For liberal Democrats, there aren't enough. As positions are being staked out on Capitol Hill, what would it really take to destroy the Islamic State?

Guests:
Molly O'Toole, Foreign Policy magazine (@mollymotoole)
Ryan Goodman, Just Security (@rgoodlaw)
John Bellinger, Council on Foreign Relations (@cfr)
Robert Scales, US Army (retired)

More:
O'Toole on Obama's ISIS war powers request having few limits
Goodman's letter to President Obama about the 2001 AUMF
Goodman on the five principles that should govern any US authorization of force
Bellinger on new terror threats requiring new law
Scales on stopping terrorists by taking away their hope

Who Is Billy Walters? 9 MIN, 15 SEC

Last year, there were headlines about a federal insider-trading investigation of two well-known figures: pro-golfer Phil Mickelson and billionaire investor Carl Icahn. But also on the target list was William T. "Billy" Walters. ESPN investigative reporter Mike Fish wondered who that was.

The world's most successful sports bettor runs a sophisticated gambling syndicate with handicappers, computer engineers, and secret employees who pose as high rollers using his money.

Guests:
Mike Fish, ESPN (@MikeFishESPN)

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