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In Iraq, fighters led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continue to move closer to Baghdad, where the government says it's deploying more troops. In Washington, President Obama says the US won't send troops, but that he's still weighing "selective military action." Also, the White House is weighing potential safety rules for trains carrying barrels of explosive crude oil across the country every day. Oil train crashes have sparked a wave of protests and activism. Sara Terry guest hosts.

Banner image: Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014. Photo: Stringer/Reuters

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

Obama Addresses Iraq, Rules Out Boots on the Ground 22 MIN, 37 SEC

In Iraq, volunteers are heading to defend the capital today, as the nation's top Shiite leaders used Friday prayers to call on the faithful to take up arms against radical Sunni Muslim insurgents. As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to move closer to Baghdad, the government says it's deploying more troops. In Washington, President Obama says the US won't send troops – but that he's still weighing "selective military action." He said the US will do its part to help, and to pursue intensive diplomatic efforts across the region, but that ultimately it's up to the Iraqi government to deal with the situation. 

Guests:
Michael Crowley, Time magazine (@CrowleyTIME)
Kenneth Pollack, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)
Martin Chulov, The Guardian (@martinchulov)

The Crude Business of Moving Oil in America 27 MIN, 21 SEC

US oil production and energy independence have reached a 28-year high, thanks mainly to fracking in North Dakota. But with no pipelines to move the oil, barrels of crude are now traveling the US on trains – an estimated million barrels a day. Last July, a train carrying barrels of explosive crude oil derailed in Canada. The fiery blast killed 47 people and leveled part of the town. Accidents like this have prompted an outcry over what critics call "bomb trains" and a debate on whether safety regulations are strict enough. We look at the safety issues involved with what critics call "bomb trains."

Guests:
Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal (@russellgold)
Matt Landon, Vancouver Action Network (@MattLandonVAN)
Charlie Drevna, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (@AFPMonline)
Lynn Doan, Bloomberg News (@LynnmDoan )

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