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President Obama has arrived in Senegal with plans to visit Tanzania and South Africa. We hear about America's changing relationship with a continent of vast diversity, about economic growth, democracy and Obama's reputation. Also, Mexico's reaction to the Senate's immigration reform.

Banner image: A child waits to catch a glimpse of US President Barack Obama during his visit to Goree Island near Dakar, Senegal, June 27, 2013. Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Kerry Cavanaugh
Gideon Brower

Today's Talking Point How Mexicans View the Immigration Bill and Border 'Surge' 8 MIN, 42 SEC

To maximize support from reluctant Republicans, the Senate's new immigration reform proposal emphasizes "border security" by doubling Border Patrol officers to 40,000, completing 700 miles of fencing and requiring 24-hour surveillance by unmanned drones. How does that sound on the other side of the border? On Univision TV this week, Mexico's former Foreign Secretary said increased security measures remind him of what happens on the borders of enemy countries, like North and South Korea. He is Jorge Castañeda, Foreign Secretary to former Mexican President Vicente Fox and Professor at New York University.

Guests:
Jorge Castaneda, New York University (@JorgeGCastaneda)

Ex Mex

Jorge G. Castaneda

Making News CIA Acts to Arm Syrian Rebels 7 MIN, 49 SEC

The CIA has begun moving weapons to Jordan from a network of secret warehouses with plans to start arming small groups of "vetted" Syrian rebels. Julian Barnes reports from the Pentagon for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )

Main Topic President Obama in Africa — at Last 34 MIN, 32 SEC

America's first black President is in Senegal today for only his second trip to Africa since a brief visit to Ghana during his first term. Tomorrow, he'll be in South Africa, where his visit may be overshadowed by the failing health of Nelson Mandela, that country's first black president. After creating high expectations for a new US relationship with the continent where his father was born, Obama's accused by some of being missing in action. We hear about shifting America's emphasis from aid to business investment, competition with China and whether Obama can polish his legacy. 

Guests:
Lester Kiewit, journalist (@lesterkk)
Sean Jacobs, New School
Bronwyn Bruton, Atlantic Council (@BronwynBruton)
Witney Schneidman, Brookings Institution (@WitneySchneid)
Lanre Akinola, This Is Africa (@AkinolaLanre)

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