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It seems there's no end to the controversy over 'Fast and Furious,' the ATF operation which involved the sale of guns that reached Mexican drug lords and were involved in the death of a US Border Patrol agent. But have the facts gotten lost along the way? Who's really to blame in the case? Also, Congress approves measures on student loans and highway funding. On Reporter's Notebook, who's laughing now? Five years ago, the advent of the first iPhone was greeted by a few hearty guffaws and a whole lot of skepticism. Sara Terry guest hosts.

Banner image: Attorney General Eric Holder responds to the House of Representatives' Contempt of Congress vote

Showdown

David Corn

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Lata Pandya

Main Topic Election-Year Politics and the 'Fast and Furious' Affair 35 MIN, 52 SEC

For the first time in history, the US House of Representatives has held a Cabinet member in contempt. Attorney General Eric Holder was sanctioned yesterday for failing to disclose internal documents subpoenaed as part of an investigation into "Fast and Furious," the ATF operation which involved the sale of guns that reached Mexican drug lords and were involved in the death of a US Border Patrol agent. While the sanction doesn't pose a significant legal threat to Holder, it does add more fuel to the fire of the politically and constitutionally charged debate. Many Democrats called the proceedings a witch hunt, while a handful of their colleagues voted yes. But what's really behind the story of the "gun walking" operation gone wrong? How much of the blame lies with personal politics and inter-agency disagreements? What's the role of gun laws and the gun lobby?

Guests:
Evan Perez, Wall Street Journal (@evanperez)
Katherine Eban, Fortune magazine (@katheban)
John Lott, Crime Prevention Research Center (@JohnRLottJr)
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)

More Guns, Less Crime

John R. Lott Jr.

Reporter's Notebook IPhone Turns 5 7 MIN, 31 SEC

Today, as we mark the fifth anniversary of the day the first iPhone went on sale, it's hard to remember that there were people who actually laughed at the new device. Jordan Weissmann, Associate Editor of the Atlantic magazine, looks back at ‘the little gadget that could,' the device that became one of the biggest game changers ever in the world of technology.

Guests:
Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic (@JHWeissmann)

Making News Congress Approves Measures on Student Loans, Highway Funding 7 MIN, 37 SEC

Congress moved Friday towards passing a huge legislative package that deals with highway and transit programs, student loans, jobs and the federal flood insurance program. The package comes with elections just four months away and a summer recess about to begin. David Grant is Congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Guests:
David Grant, Christian Science Monitor (@DW_Grant)

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