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Establishment Republicans battled with Tea Party challengers in GOP primaries yesterday. Will the outcomes help the Party to take over the Senate in November or to unify for the presidential race in 2016? We look at decidedly mixed results. Also, Obama vows to stand with Ukraine, meets President-elect Poroshenko. On today's Talking Point, if you serve in the military do you have to serve God?

Banner image: (L-R) US Senate candidates from Mississippi, Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

Obama Vows to Stand with Ukraine, Meets President-Elect 7 MIN, 44 SEC

In Warsaw today, President Obama addressed a large crowd celebrating 25 years of democracy. In contrast to what he called Russia's "dark tactics," the President reaffirmed the "unwavering commitment" of the US and NATO to Poland's security. Judy Dempsey is Editor-in-Chief of Strategic Europe, the blog of Carnegie Europe, part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She joins us from Berlin.

Guests:
Judy Dempsey, Strategic Europe (@Judy_Dempsey)

Are Republicans Getting their Party Together? 35 MIN, 2 SEC

There were primary elections for the US Senate and Congress in eight states yesterday. For Democrats, it was mostly business as usual, but Republicans were looking for signs of unity or division between the GOP Establishment and Tea Party supporters. In Iowa, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin unified the factions behind Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who campaigned on her ability to castrate a hog. In Mississippi, there was no final decision, and six-term Senate incumbent Thad Cochran faces a run-off with the well funded Tea-Party challenger, Chris McDaniel. How deep does party unity really go? Is it key to re-taking the Senate and nominating a presidential winner in 2016?

Guests:
Jennifer Duffy, Cook Political Report (@jennifereduffy)
Sam Hall, Clarion Ledger (@srhall)
Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register (@KObradovich)
Ryan Rhodes, Iowa Tea Party (@IA_Tea_Party)
Vin Weber, Mercury/Clark & Weinstock
David Bossie, President of Citizens United (@David_Bossie)

Can You Serve in the Military without Serving God? 8 MIN, 25 SEC

"God and Country" is a familiar phrase in the US military. But what about service members who don't believe in God? Last month, the Army said soldiers could formerly designate themselves as "humanists." But the Navy has just denied the application of a "humanist" chaplain. That's one victory and one loss for Jason Torpy, a graduate of West Point who served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Now he's the full-time President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers.

Guests:
Jason Torpy, Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers (@JasonTorpy)

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