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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are just two of the presidential candidates few people expect to see in the White House after next year's election. But they're also just two of the long shots having an impact on this year's campaign. We hear how the races are shaping up in both political parties.

Also, Congress considers reforms to No Child Left Behind. On today's Talking Point, court documents show Bill Cosby admitting that he acquired prescription drugs to give women for the purpose of having sex.   

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Christine Detz

Congress Considers Reforms to No Child Left Behind 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In this age of political polarization, bipartisanship is a rarity on Capitol Hill. But one Senate bill has the support of Republicans Rand Paul and Lamar Alexander — along with Democrats Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren. It would revise a relic of the presidency of George W Bush, the education law called No Child Left Behind. Lyndsey Layton, national education reporter for the Washington Post, has the story.

Guests:
Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post (@LyndseyLayton)

Long Shots Are Changing the Short Game for 2016 32 MIN, 48 SEC

Rank and file voters won't be heard from until January of next year, but Hillary Clinton is already getting an unexpected challenge from Bernie Sanders — and others as well.  Earlier just an annoyance, the Vermont senator now is becoming a real threat to Clinton's "coronation" by the Democrats next year.  


Bernie Sanders 
Photo: Peter Stevens

On the Republican side, it’s a political free for all. Donald Trump is hitting the top ten just in time to make the first debate next month as Republicans pick their way through a multitude of candidates.  


Donald Trump
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Controversial issues are piling up for both parties, from immigration to income inequality, and the early going is being shaped by unlikely contenders. 

 

Guests:
Maggie Haberman, New York Times / CNN (@maggienyt)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)
Alfonso Aguilar, American Principles Project (@amigoaguilar)
Paul Waldman, American Prospect / Washington Post / The Week (@paulwaldman1)

More:
Waldman on how Trump changed the GOP debate on immigration
National Journal on why Trump is polling so well
NBC News on how Trumps comments are dividing the 2016 GOP field
Haberman on Sanders $15 million wide donor base
Haberman on Jim Webb announcing his Democratic bid for the presidency
Haberman/Martin on Scott Walker's conservative turn in Iowa hurting him elsewhere
National Journal on how Sanders makes Clinton a better candidate

Bill Cosby Deposition Causes New Legal Issues 10 MIN, 45 SEC

Now that a federal judge has released testimony by Bill Cosby admitting to "possibly criminal conduct," what will be the fallout to the comedian who’s fending off dozens of other lawsuits?  Documents from a civil lawsuit filed in 2005 include a sworn deposition of Cosby, answering questions from the attorney for a woman who accused him of sexual assault.  Although Cosby has not admitted to actually drugging any of his accusers, when asked, "When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with? " he answered yes


Photo: Shawn

Guests:
Mandalit del Barco, NPR (@Radioactive22)
Roger Canaff, attorney (@rogercanaff)

More:
Del Barco on court documents showing that Cosby admitted giving woman Quaaludes

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