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Islamic jihadists are on the move in Iraq, and President Obama says he's not "ruling anything out" for what he calls "an emergency situation." We update the chaos in Iraq and the politics in Washington. Also, a look at the commercial use of drones in the United States as the FAA tries to keep pace with a developing technology.

Banner image: Volunteers who've joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants, who have taken over Mosul and other Northern provinces, chant slogans as they travel in an army truck, in Baghdad, June 12, 2014. Photo: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George
Katie Cooper

Deteriorating Situation in Iraq 7 MIN, 50 SEC

Forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — militant Sunni jihadists — are threatening the stability of Iraq's current government, led by the Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.  Tim Arango of the New York Times joins us from Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, with the latest.

Guests:
Tim Arango, New York Times (@tarangoNYT)

Are There Options for Iraq Intervention? 15 MIN, 59 SEC

Islamic jihadists are on the move in Iraq, and President Obama says he's not "ruling anything out" for what he calls "an emergency situation." Breaking into a news conference with the Prime Minister of Australia today, the President told reporters the US has been in "close consultation" with the government of Iraq. "We do have a stake in making sure that these jihads are not getting a permanent foot hole in either Iraq or Syria for that matter." In the Senate, Republican John McCain called the take-over "a direct threat to the United Stations of America." Republican House Speaker John Boehner made an accusation. "It's not like we haven't seen this problem coming for over a year... Now they have control of Mosul 100 miles from Baghdad, and what's the President doing? Taking a nap." We update the chaos in Iraq and the politics in Washington.

Guests:
Eli Lake, Daily Beast (@EliLake)
Feisal Istrabadi, Indiana University (@csme_iu)
Ben Van Heuvelen, Iraq Oil Report (@berendvh)

More:
Lake on ISIS becoming a full-blown army
Lake on Iraq wanting the US back to fight insurgents with air strikes
Iraq Oil Report on ISIS closing in on Baiji and energy infrastructure

Big Business Is Ready for Drones, but What about the Feds? 27 MIN, 27 SEC

The US leads the world in producing unmanned aircraft, or drones. In other countries, drones are already being used for business. But the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to formulate regulations for commercial purposes in the US. The commercial use of unmanned drones will transform American industry.  But, even though the technology is developing at warp speed, the FAA has been slow to issue regulations. Now, British Petroleum has received the first authorization to fly drones over land in the United States. What does such practice mean for privacy and air safety?  Is it time to speed up—or slow down? 

Guests:
Jack Nicas, Wall Street Journal (@jacknicas)
Eric Maloney, Drone Dudes (@DroneDudes)
Gregory McNeal, Pepperdine University (@GregoryMcNeal)
John-Paul Clarke, Georgia Institute of Technology (@georgiatech)

More:
Nica on the FAA giving approval to BP to use commercial drones
McNeal on FAA, drone journalism and the First Amendment

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