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North Korea has escalated tensions with the US and the United Nations. We look at the provocations and possible options for the US and the UN.  Also, at this morning's press conference, President strongly condemned the killing of election protesters in Iran. On Reporter's Notebook, would a so-called "public option" for healthcare reform put insurance companies out of business? We hear what the President has to say.


Banner image: South Korean army troop stage a live-ammunition drill with mulitiple rocket lunchers at a military range in Cheloweon, north of Seoul on June 18. Photo: Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott

Main Topic The North Korean Nuclear Crisis 32 MIN, 32 SEC

At his press conference this morning, one issue the President wasn't asked about is North Korea, which is once again vying for the world's attention. A ship reportedly loaded with banned weapons is being trailed by an American destroyer, the USS John McCain. There are reports of plans to fire a missile toward Hawaii. We look at the provocations and possible options for the United States and the United Nations.

Guests:
Steve Clemons, The Atlantic (@SCClemons)
David Kang, University of Southern California (@DaveCKang)
Chaibong Hahm, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Reporter's Notebook A Feisty Obama Defends Public Option for Healthcare 7 MIN, 15 SEC

obama-8.jpgHealthcare reform has been stalled in Congress, in part because of what's called the "public option" to private insurance. Today, President Obama responded to criticisms from the insurance industry. The President's healthcare reform plan calls for a public option to private insurance, and today two major insurance conglomerates claimed it would put them out of business. Noam Levey reports on Congress for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )

Making News The President Takes Questions 10 MIN, 38 SEC

press.jpgPresident Obama said today he's "appalled and outraged," and "strongly condemn(s)" the killing of election protesters in Iran. But he denied that he escalated his criticism in response to Republicans on Capitol Hill. After his prepared statement, he was bombarded with questions. Ron Brownstein is Political Director of Atlantic Media, publishers of the Atlantic and National Journal magazines.

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)

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