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The United Nations has cracked down and Iran has snapped back. Will sanctions have any effect? Plus, the US military reaches another grim milestone in Iraq, and the assault on the middle class of America and why one author says the Democrats should pay attention. Sara Terry guest hosts.

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook Is Economic Insecurity Growing for Middle Class Americans? 11 MIN, 53 SEC

The New York Times calls Jacob Hacker the "intellectual 'it boy'" of the Democratic Party. Three years out of Harvard, he wrote that the Clinton healthcare plan failed because it was a hodgepodge of ideas without many natural allies. He says the nation didn't turn conservative so much as that Republicans learned how to game the political system and package their agenda better than the Democrats. Now that the Democrats are back in power, he's written a new book contending that the way for them to stay there is by talking about the dwindling economic security of the middle class.

Guests:
Jacob Hacker, Yale University

Main Topic Security Council Imposes Sanctions on Iran 30 MIN, 51 SEC

After months of deadlock, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to impose limited sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop its uranium enrichment program. On Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded by insisting that his nation is a nuclear country, triggering concern among his Arab neighbors. What happens next? What impact will the sanctions have? How do recent elections in Iran affect relations with the West? How are Iran's Arab neighbors responding to Iran’s increasingly bold nuclear rhetoric?  Sara Terry guest hosts.

Guests:
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)
Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Anne Barnard, New York Times (@ABarnardNYT)
Abbas Milani, Co-Director, Hoover Institution's Iran Democracy Project
Hossein Hedjazi, Pars TV (@Golgasht)

Making News Military Deaths in Iraq Surpass Number Killed on September 11 5 MIN, 54 SEC

The US military has announced the death of six more American soldiers in Iraq today, bringing the military death toll there to 2,977.  That's four more than the number killed in the September 11 attacks.

Guests:
Michael Hastings, Reporter for Newsweek

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