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President Obama has made his second major address on the Middle East and North Africa. We hear how he wants the US to adapt to changes brought on by the so-called Arab Spring. Also, Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of the International Monetary Fund. On Reporter's Notebook, from the FCC to NBC Universal: another case of Washington's revolving door?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Darrell Satzman

Reporter's Notebook FCC Commissioner Baker Defends Jump to Comcast 5 MIN, 52 SEC

Meredith Attwell Baker says Comcast never approached her about its takeover of NBC Universal while she was a member of the FCC , though a few months after she voted to approve the deal, she's now at work as a lobbyist for the new company. That's raised a lot of eyebrows. As a regulator, whose interests did she have in mind? Amy Schatz covers the Federal Communications Commission for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal

Making News IMF Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn Resigns 7 MIN, 49 SEC

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund after being charged with sex crimes, setting off a struggle over leadership of the IMF. Zanny Minton Beddoes is Economics Editor of the Economist.

Guests:
Zanny Minton Beddoes, Economist

Main Topic President Obama on the Middle East and 'Arab Spring' 37 MIN, 19 SEC

Speaking in Cairo two years ago, President Obama called for a "new beginning" in the Muslim Middle East based on "respect" and "mutual interest." Today, he said the so-called "Arab Spring" requires yet another "new chapter in American diplomacy," and he promised economic help to facilitate democracy. Once again, he criticized Israeli settlements. For the first time, he said a Palestinian state should be based on 1967 boundaries. Did he achieve the goal of a sweeping survey of a complex region? Can he revive American influence? We hear a variety of opinions.

 

 

Guests:
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)
Fares Braizat, Arab Center for Research
David Makovsky, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Gary Sick, Columbia University

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