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Barack Obama is the first sitting President to visit East Africa, where opportunities for US investment are threatened by both terrorism and counter-terrorism. We hear about his appearances in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Also, major corporations pledge to reduce their carbon footprints. On today's Talking Point, American Jews support the Iran nuclear deal -- with reservations.

President Barack Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi, Kenya, July 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff

Major Corporations Pledge to Reduce Carbon Footprints 6 MIN, 9 SEC

At the White House today, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted 13 of America's largest companies for what's called "The American Business Act on Climate Pledge." In advance of this year's climate change summit in Paris, they've promised $140 billion in new investments to reduce their carbon footprints. Justin Sink is White House correspondent for Bloomberg News.

Guests:
Justin Sink, Bloomberg News (@justinsink)

Obamamania and Africa's Future 33 MIN, 21 SEC

President Obama got a hero's welcome in Kenya, and his message of tough love was well received in the land where his father was born.  Yet, there's evidence that he failed to meet expectations of closer ties created by his election six years ago.  His broader theme of a "crossroads between terrorism and economic potential" applies to East Africa as a whole. Can the US help maintain civic order and help American investors catch up with China?


 

Guests:
Heidi Vogt, Wall Street Journal (@HeidiVogt)
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, AWARD (@wanjirukr)
Alex Perry, Newsweek (@PerryAlexJ)
Bronwyn Bruton, Atlantic Council (@BronwynBruton)

More:
Obama on Africa's progress being good for America
Vogt on Obama using his story to push for African progress
Vogt on Obama challenging Kenya on human rights, corruption

The Rift

Alex Perry

American Jews Support Iran Deal, Want Congress to Approve It 10 MIN, 10 SEC

Prime Minister Netanyahu calls Iran an "existential threat" to Israel, and he's lobbying Congress to reject President Obama's nuclear deal. But by a wide margin, American Jews support the Iran nuclear deal…and they want Congress to approve it even more than Americans generally. That's according to a recent poll sponsored by the Jewish Journal, a nonprofit media company headquartered in Los Angeles. Rob Eshman is publisher.

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

Guests:
Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal (@Foodaism)

More:
Mike Huckabee on the Iran nuclear deal

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