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President Obama’s coalition is a historic game-changer in the Middle East. Arab countries are dropping bombs in other Arab countries. But, it’s a risky business that could produce internal backlash against five uncomfortable allies… Also, Eric Holder, the first black Attorney General of the United States, will be resigning soon from the cabinet. And, can Richard Branson's reputation survive his latest idea for “flexible vacation time."

Banner Image:  SYRIA-CRISIS/COALITION - UPDATE - World map showing countries in that have made contributions or commitments to the international coalition against the Islamic State. 

US Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Eric Holder, the first black Attorney General of the United States, will be leaving the cabinet.  It’s reported that he’s “adamant” about resigning soon--to avoid being locked in for the remainder of President Obama’s term.

Guests:
Glenn Thrush, New York Times (@GlennThrush)

The US Leads an Arab War on Terror; How Committed Are They? 36 MIN, 34 SEC

President Obama has assembled a coalition against the Islamic State that includes 5 Arab countries—which could face internal backlash from sympathizers with extremist jihadists. You can’t bomb an ideology, and, there’s already support on social media for jihadist groups—including ISIL, the so-called Islamic State. Is “soft power” more important than bombing--especially to win the hearts and minds of young Muslims worldwide?

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)
Shashank Bengali, Africa Correspondent, McClatchy newspapers
Ryan Crocker, Texas A&M University
Farah Pandith, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; former special representative to Muslim Communities (@Farah_Pandith)

Branson’s New Unlimited Vacation Plan 6 MIN, 6 SEC

Is the “coolest boss on the planet” creating a management nightmare?  We hear about Richard Branson’s latest idea. Can his reputation survive his latest idea for “flexible vacation time”—or is it not so crazy after all?

Guests:
Jeanne Sahadi, Senior writer CNN Money (@jjsahadi)

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