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Is President Obama lax about Iran's possible nuclear weapon, or is he George W. "Bush on steroids?" We hear about what could be a covert war against Iran and what the consequences might be, intended and otherwise. Also, is President Obama the consumer's new best friend? On Reporter's Notebook, a dispute between politics and history at the Nixon Library in California raises questions about what role of presidential libraries and how they should be supported.

Banner image: Iranians walk past an anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on November 19, 2011. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Caitlin Shamberg
Sonya Geis

Making News Is President Obama Consumers' New Best Friend? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Republicans in the Senate today refused to confirm the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Obama chided them for having "forgotten how we got into this mess," adding that "part of the reason we are in it is because we didn't empower our regulators," which is what the Bureau is designed to do. David Hawkings is editor of CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing.

Guests:
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)

Main Topic Has the War with Iran Already Begun? 36 MIN, 38 SEC

President Obama boasted today that he's isolated Iran more than ever before and imposed the toughest sanctions ever because of its nuclear program. But that's not all. Iran's nuclear software has been disrupted and nuclear scientists allegedly have been killed. Are these the covert precursors of open hostilities? Will such tactics make Iran take a harder line? Is that why it shot down an American unmanned drone and tried to kill a Saudi ambassador on US soil? What about tough talk from Israeli leaders? Will that make diplomacy harder still and make Iran more determined to develop a nuclear bomb?

Guests:
Michael Hirsh, National Journal (@michaelphirsh)
Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars (@aarondmiller2)
Farideh Farhi, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Aluf Benn, Ha'aretz (@alufbenn)

Reporter's Notebook The Nixon Library and the 'Last Battle of Watergate' 6 MIN, 18 SEC

For 30 years, the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California was a haven for supporters of a former President who resigned in disgrace. Then, the National Archives appointed a new director who later called Nixon "the worst President in modern history." When Tim Naftali took over in 2006, he instituted a new display on the Watergate scandal. Instead of blaming the Democrats, it looked to Nixon loyalists like an "unapologetic attack" on Nixon himself. Now Naftali's resigned and the story is unraveled in an article by Andrew Gumbel that appears in the magazine Miller-McCune.

Guests:
Andrew Gumbel, journalist and author

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