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Here appears to be good news for the US in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, but such conclusions are always open to different interpretations. We hear about conflicting interests in those countries, in India and within the Taliban and what they might portend for the US. Also, President Obama's newest pitch for healthcare reform, and US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison bit the dust yesterday in her primary challenge to Rick Perry, the Republican Governor of Texas.  What about the Tea Party movement?

Banner image: An Afghan security official inspects confiscated ammunition, explosives and arms recovered from the outskirts of Herat March 3, 2010 in Herat, Afghanistan. Photo: Majid Saeedi/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook Texas' Rick Perry Wins Big with Anti-Washington Tea Party Theme 10 MIN, 6 SEC

US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison started out as a favorite to topple Texas Governor Rick Perry in yesterday's Republican primary. It didn't turn out that way, and the Tea Party candidate, Debra Medina, failed to get enough votes to force a run-off. After ten years as Governor, the longest tenure in Texas history, Perry now faces the former Mayor of Houston, Democrat Bill White. Wayne Slater is political writer for the Dallas Morning News.

Guests:
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)

Making News Obama Releases Healthcare Proposal that Includes Republican Ideas 7 MIN, 38 SEC

At a White House meeting of doctors and nurses today, President Obama made a new pitch for healthcare reform, putting it in the context of government competence and credibility. In today's address, the President repeated his claim that the plan reaches out to Republicans. Susan Dentzer is Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, published by the nonprofit Project HOPE.

Guests:
Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs journal

Main Topic In South Asia: War and Diplomacy 33 MIN, 3 SEC

The massive NATO and Afghan offensive appears to have driven the Taliban out of the city of Marjah, at least for the moment. Across the border, Pakistani and US intelligence, working together, have captured three leading Afghan insurgents all said to be close to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar. Does that mean that the war in Afghanistan is going well, and that Pakistan has decided to cooperate with the US against the Afghan insurgents? There are no simple answers to those questions. In South Asia, apparent success can suddenly turn into a prelude to failure. Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Taliban all are divided within themselves. We look at many conflicting interests and what they could mean for the US.

Guests:
Tim McGirk, Correspondent, Time magazine
Samina Ahmed, South Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
Nicholas Schmidle, Fellow, New America Foundation

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