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Republicans have their best chance in eight years of taking over the Senate, but they just might lose their own Senate leader. We hear how the country's political future might depend on elections in some obscure states that are currently too close to call. Also, the West and Kremlin eye Pro-Russian protestors, and the genocide in Rwanda 20 years later.

Banner image: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds a gun at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference. Photo: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg

US Senate Elections that Could Make a Difference 35 MIN, 5 SEC

Republicans and Democrats are calling each other "brain dead," "un-American," "tools of special interests" and "enemies of the Middle Class," par for the course during midterm elections. But this year the stakes are nothing less than control of the Senate during President Obama's final two years. Kentucky, New Hampshire and Louisiana — states that don't always matter -- could help determine the course and content of presidential campaigns in 2016. The ultimate consequences couldn't be higher, for issues including Obamacare, the minimum wage — and your tax bill. We get a preview.

Guests:
Jennifer Duffy, Cook Political Report (@jennifereduffy)
Alexander Seitz-Wald, National Journal (@aseitzwald)
Jonathan Miller, RecoveringPolitician.com
Andrew Smith, University of New Hampshire Survey Center (@UofNH )
Bruce Alpert, Washington Reporter, Times-Picayune (@AlpertDC)

More:
Alpert on negative ads against Landrieu on Louisiana Senate race
Charles Koch's WSJ op-ed on character assassination, freedom of speech
Duffy on the New Hampshire Senate race
FiveThirtyEight on Senate forecast, giving GOP a slight edge
Miller on McConnell campaign's 'sputtering'
Seitz-Wald on Senate Democrats Going after Paul Ryan's 'Koch Budget'
Washington Post on the eight most pivotal Senate seats in 2014

Rwanda, 20 Years after the Genocide 8 MIN, 11 SEC

In Rwanda, Hutu extremists massacred at least 800,000 people — most of them members of the minority Tutsi tribe. Today, the country is observing the 20th anniversary of the genocide. One of those who has returned to the country to participate in the commemoration is Barbara Mulvaney, who led the team that successfully prosecuted former Rwandan Colonel Théoneste Bagosora at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Guests:
Barbara Mulvaney, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (@BarbaraMulvaney)

The West and Kremlin Eye Pro-Russian Protestors 7 MIN, 45 SEC

In several eastern Ukrainian cities, pro-Russian demonstrators seized government buildings yesterday. In demonstrations that appear to be coordinated, they're demanding a referendum like the one that stirred international outrage last month in Crimea. At the White House today, Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is evidence the demonstrators were paid and not local residents. We hear more from David Herszenhorn, who's in Moscow for the New York Times.

Guests:
David Herszenhorn, New York Times (@herszenhorn)

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