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A non-violent Palestinian offensive may be succeeding where Intifadas and rocket fire have failed. The call for "boycott, divestment and sanctions" could damage Israel's economy — with consequences for US efforts at peace and a "two-state solution." Also, CVS drugstore has announced it will stop selling tobacco products. On today's Talking Point, will Obamacare really reduce American jobs?

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Kareem Maddox

CBO Report Says Obamacare Will Reduce Workforce by 2.3 Million 7 MIN, 54 SEC

The Congressional Budget Office originally reported that the Affordable Care Act would reduce the workforce by 800,000 people. Now it's increased the number to 2.3 million, giving Republicans a new argument for the mid-term elections and leaving Democrats on the defensive. Dana Milbank, political columnist for the Washington Post, writes "Live by the CBO, Die by the CBO."

Guests:
Dana Milbank, Washington Post (@Milbank)

Homo Politicus

Dana Milbank

CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products 7 MIN, 28 SEC

CVS/Caremark announced today it will no longer sell cigarettes or related tobacco products in 7600 pharmacies. The drug store giant accounts for about 2% of all tobacco sales nationwide — with its sales amounting to $2 billion. Kelly Kennedy is health policy reporter for USA Today.

Guests:
Kelly Kennedy, USA Today (@KellySKennedy)

Is a Boycott against Israel Reaching a 'Tipping Point?' 35 MIN, 12 SEC

As Israel expands illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank – a violation of international law and a major obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, some European companies are refusing to do business there. The Palestinians' call for "boycott, divestment and sanctions" may succeed where Intifadas and rocket fire have not. Prime Minister Netanyahu calls it "immoral and unjust," but Secretary of State Kerry warns it could damage Israel's "relative calm and prosperity." We hear how the boycott has divided Israelis and American Jews. What will it mean for the peace process and the "two-state solution?" 

Guests:
Calev Ben-David, Bloomberg News (@calevbd)
Omar Barghouti, Palestinian human rights activist
Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz (@bradleyburston)
Gerald Steinberg, Bar Ilan University (@GeraldNGOM)
Peter Beinart, New America Foundation (@PeterBeinart)

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