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The nations of Europe are divided over what to do about tens of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war. The US is also divided between its historic offer of liberty to the world's "huddled masses" and fears about homeland security.

Also, the Senate rejects GOP efforts to quash the Iran Deal. On today's Talking Point, the Democrats have yet another candidate for president: a Harvard law professor who's running on just one issue. If elected, he says he'll resign from the White House — as soon as the Citizen Equality Act goes into effect. We hear what that is when we talk to Lawrence Lessig.

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Arab American Institute on anti-Arab bigotry and Islamophobia

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Mike Kessler
Paul von Zielbauer

Senate Rejects GOP Efforts to Quash Iran Deal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate failed to stop the Iran nuclear deal.  Today, Republicans in the House passed two bills designed to prevent major provisions from going into effect, as we hear from Karoun Demirjian who reports for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post (@karoun)

Will the US Shoulder the Burden of Refugees? 32 MIN, 26 SEC

Four million people have fled from Syria during five years of civil war, and the number is still growing, and the massive humanitarian crisis is spreading from the Middle East to Europe -- all the way to the White House and Congress. Images of refugees fleeing by the tens of thousands are fueling calls to make good on America's promise to shelter "huddled masses, yearning to be free." But, while Germany will accept 800,000 Syrian refugees, the Obama Administration is willing to take just 10,000 so far. Given fears about homeland security since September 11, 2001, are there better ways for this country to meet its moral obligation?

Guests:
Elise Foley, Huffington Post (@elisefoley)
Erol Kekic, Church World Service (@CWS_global)
Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies (@JessicaV_CIS)
James Zogby, Arab-American Institute (@AAIUSA)

More:
Foley on on lawmakers, refugee groups' calls for US to accept more Syrians
Church World Service on Obama Administration's Syrian resettlement numbers falling far short of need
Mark Krikorian on opposition to refugee resettlement (Center for Immigration Studies)

Arab Voices

James Zogby

Will a 'Campaign Finance Reform' Candidate Rally Voters? 10 MIN, 54 SEC

In Donald Trump, Republicans have what could be called an "unorthodox" candidate for the White House. Now the Democrats have one, too… and it's not Bernie Sanders. If he could raise one million dollars to run for President, Lawrence Lessig said he would resign as a professor at Harvard Law School and begin his campaign. Now the fundraising goal has been met, and he's a candidate

Guests:
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School (@lessig)

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Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page study on elites, interest Groups and average citizens

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