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President Obama was back in Europe this week, trying to restore his former popularity and shore up a troubled European Union. We hear what he had to say and how he was received.

Later on the program, CIA torture victims will get their day in court. 

Photo: President Barack Obama talks with (L-R) British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi before their meeting in Hannover, Germany, April 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Christine Detz
Paul von Zielbauer

Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina Voter ID Law 6 MIN, 30 SEC

North Carolina's restrictive new voting laws have been denounced as racial and political discrimination on the part of the state's Republican legislature. But last night, in a 485-page ruling, Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled that they are constitutional. David Graham, a staff writer covering politics for the Atlantic, has more on the decision.

Guests:
David Graham, Atlantic magazine (@GrahamDavidA)

More:
North Carolina State NAACP v. McCrory

The Obama Legacy Across the Atlantic 34 MIN

Even before he was elected, Barack Obama became a hero in Europe with a vow of internationalism to replace the go-it-alone approach of George W. Bush. Eight years later, Obama was back in Europe this week, trying to overcome the perception that he's become disengaged.

The European Union is struggling with trade, the massive influx of refugees and the threat that Britain might withdraw. We hear what could be his last message and what's next for some of America's oldest and most powerful allies.

Guests:
Steven Erlanger, New York Times (@StevenErlanger)
Derek Chollet, German Marshall Fund (@derekchollet)
Adrian Wooldridge, Economist magazine (@adwooldridge)

More:
Erlanger on Obama's meeting with European leaders over shared challenges
Erlanger on Britain grappling with enduring questions of religion, race
Chollet on Obama's attempt to redefine "strength" and "power"
Economist on Obama joining the Remain campaign as Britain's referendum nears

The Long Game

Derek Chollet

Victims Sue Architects of the CIA's Torture Program 9 MIN, 20 SEC

Two years ago, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence exposed the depths of rendition and torture conducted by private contractors on behalf of the CIA. Two days later, James, Mitchell, one of two psychologists who designed the program, told Fox News, "I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law and that all the things that we had included in that list were legal.

Mitchel, and his partner, Bruce Jessen, have been sued by their victims and last week, a judge ruled that the matter can go forward. That surprised human rights activists and others because previous such actions have been prevented on the grounds of exposing "state secrets." Raha Wala, Director of National Security Advocacy at Human Rights First, explains what made this case different.


Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Guests:
Raha Wala, Human Rights First (@humanrights1st)

More:
HRF on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture

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