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After a campaign of tough love that appeared to go nowhere, President Obama has turned on the charm for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Has this visit produced a plan for what happens next? Also, a House committee in Washington probed the cause of the Gulf oil spill, a new containment box was lowered over the gusher 5000 feet down. And, a day after cobbling together an unlikely coalition, Britain’s new Prime Minister pledges “a government that will last.” How long?

Banner Image: US President Barak Obama (R) speaks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai during a meeting a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, May 12, 2010 Obama praised Wednesday the 'broad and deepening' US partnership with Afghanistan and said he and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai had renewed their goal to defeat Al-Qaeda. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Darrell Satzman
Katie Cooper

Main Topic President Karzai Comes to Washington 36 MIN, 1 SEC

After a campaign of tough love that appeared to go nowhere, President Obama has turned on the charm for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. At the White House today, he said reported tensions were “overstated.” Karzai thanked him for American resources and sacrifice on behalf of his country. But both presidents acknowledged a rough road ahead—well beyond July of next year, when Obama plans to begin a drawdown of US forces. Karzai said disagreements are normal after 10 years of warfare against the Taliban. An Afghan reporter asked him about planned peace talks with the Taliban. Will they include upper-level leaders who have refused to meet US demands that they lay down their arms, recognize the country’s constitution and respect human rights. Has Karzai’s visit produced a plan for what happens next?

Guests:
PJ Crowley, George Washington University (@PJCrowley)
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)
Zalmay Khalilzad, former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and United Nations
Anand Gopal, New America Foundation (@anand_gopal_)

Making News Congress Probes Causes as BP Tries Again to Plug Oil Leak 7 MIN, 36 SEC

A House committee in Washington probed the cause of the Gulf oil spill, a new containment box was lowered over the gusher 5000 feet down.

Guests:
Steven Mufson, Washington Post (@StevenMufson)

Reporter's Notebook It’s the Cameron and Clegg Show as Britain forms New Coalition Government 7 MIN, 9 SEC

Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed establishing fixed five-year terms for members of Parliament—in an effort to preserve the shaky alliance between his Conservatives and David Clegg’s Liberal Democrats.

Guests:
Toby Young, British Journalist

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