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As the world prepares for the next climate change summit in Paris at the end of this year, conflicting court rulings demonstrate conflicting approaches toward the environment and global warming.

Also, the US reaches an agreement with Cuba to open joint embassies. On today's Talking Point, will other states follow California when it comes to mandatory childhood vaccination?

Photo: Arnold Paul

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Sasa Woodruff

US Reaches an Agreement with Cuba to Open Joint Embassies 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama made it official today. The US will open a new embassy in Havana and full diplomatic relations with Cuba have been restored for the first time since 1961. "The progress that we mark today is yet another demonstration that we don't have to be imprisoned by the past. When something isn't working we can, and will, change."

The President made a point of saying that Washington won't shy away from continuing disagreements over human rights and other issues. Dan Trotta, chief correspondent for Reuters, joins us from Havana.

Guests:
Daniel Trotta, Reuters News Service (@danieljtrotta)

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Rubio on Obama re-establishing US-Cuban relations

A Lack of Global Consensus in the Fight against Global Warming 34 MIN, 45 SEC

In a 5-to-4 ruling this week, the US Supreme Court ruled against the EPA's regulation of toxic emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. For the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said the monetary cost to power-plant operators was not worth "a few dollars in health or environmental benefits." That could mean trouble for President Obama's clean air agenda.

Meantime, a Dutch court says its government must increase cuts in emissions -- regardless of cost -- in the interest of health and safety. Conflicting court rulings dramatize conflicting approaches to the environment and global warming.

Guests:
Michael Grunwald, Politico magazine (@MikeGrunwald)
Andrew M. Grossman, Baker Hostetler (@andrewmgrossman)
Dennis van Berkel, Urgenda Foundation (@dennisvberkel)
Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School (@ColumbiaClimate)

Will California's Vaccine Law Influence Other States? 8 MIN, 38 SEC

All 50 states require immunization of children starting school, but almost two-dozen allow waivers based on personal beliefs and religion. Now the biggest state in the union has enacted an uncompromising ban on all such exemptions. California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a sweeping ban on exemptions to mandatory childhood vaccination, joining Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states to ban not just personal waivers -- but waivers based on religion as well. Is it a test case for the rest of the nation? Seth Mnookin is author of The Panic Virus: The True Story behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy.

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

Guests:
Seth Mnookin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@sethmnookin)

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Actor-comedian Jim Carrey on Governor Brown for signing vaccination legislation

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