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Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail, even though former nominee George McGovern says publicly it's time for her to quit. We update last night's results and today's developments. What about Michigan, Florida and the role of race in American politics? Also, relief is slow to reach Myanmar, and Vladimir Putin is no longer Russia's president.  We'll hear about the ceremony and the substance.


Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook Dmitry Medvedev Is Sworn In as Russia's Third President 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Russia's President is now Dmitry Medvedev, the first leader of a generation that did not come to power during the days of the Soviet Union. Medvedev, who has never before held elected office, was sworn in today inside the Grand Kremlin Palace. Clifford Levy, who reports from Moscow for the New York Times, has more on the new president--and the role of former president, Vladimir Putin.

Guests:
Clifford Levy, Moscow Bureau Chief, New York Times

Making News Relief Is Slow to Reach Myanmar 6 MIN, 11 SEC

In Myanmar, formerly Burma, corpses are floating in the flood waters in the aftermath of Saturday's cyclone. But a massive international aid effort is reportedly still being held back by the country's military rulers. Elisabeth Byrs speaks for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, Switzerland.

Guests:
Elisabeth Byrs, Spokeswoman, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Main Topic Clinton Soldiers On as Options Dwindle 35 MIN, 9 SEC

It was barely a split decision, with Barack Obama winning by 14 points in North Carolina and Hillary Clinton by less than two points in Indiana. Today, her campaign conceded that even Florida and Michigan might not provide the delegates she needs. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton started their political careers in the presidential campaign of former Senator George McGovern in 1972. Today McGovern switched his support to Obama and urged Clinton to drop out of this year's contest.  McGovern said Obama has won "by any practical test." Clinton cancelled morning appearances on network television, but she's been loaning her campaign more money, and today she made an appearance in West Virginia. Is race the remaining argument for Clinton's "electability?"  Would Obama need a new kind of coalition to win in November?

Guests:
Mark Barabak, Political Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Jay Cost, Weekly Standard (@jaycosttws)
Tom Schaller, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland
Richard Kim, Associate Editor, The Nation
Dean Debnam, President, Public Policy Polling

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