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A White House delegation attended today’s funeral for Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.  He was the unarmed, young black man killed 2 weeks ago by a white policeman.  Did the President miss an opportunity by not going himself? Also, just days after the public execution of US reporter James Foley by the Islamic State, another American hostage is released by a different jihadist group without any ransom.  We hear how it happened.And, at least ten tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks flying the flag of pro-Russian rebels opened a new front in Ukraine today—crossing the border from Russia into a previously peaceful part of Eastern Ukraine.

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Benjamin Gottlieb

Russian Tanks Cross Ukrainian Border on Eve of Presidential Meeting 7 MIN, 19 SEC

At least ten tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks flying the flag of pro-Russian rebels opened a new front in Ukraine, crossing the border from Russia into a previously peaceful part of Eastern Ukraine.

Guests:
Annie Gowen, Washington Post

Obama - Losing His Base or Quietly Fighting for It? 35 MIN, 12 SEC

Almost six years into the Obama presidency, a funeral is being held in Ferguson, Missouri, memorializing Michael Brown, the unarmed, young black man shot to death two weeks ago by a white policeman.  The White House has sent a delegation, but the first black president is not there. Did the President miss an opportunity by not going himself? 

Guests:
Paul Waldman, Contributing Editor at the American Prospect (@paulwaldman1)
Kai Wright, Editor-at-large of Colorlines- an online magazine that covers race and politics Reporting fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute (@kai_wright)
Joshua Dubois, Former spiritual advisor to President Obama and head of the White House’s Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (during Obama’s first term) Author of "The President's Devotional” (@joshuadubois)
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)

Qatar’s Role in Journalist’s Release and Iraq/Syria 8 MIN, 5 SEC

Just days after the public execution of US reporter James Foley by the Islamic State, another American hostage is released by a different jihadist group… without any ransom.

Guests:
Rick Brennan, Senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation

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