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After the economy, the biggest political issue in this pre-election year is the role of government in providing healthcare. It once looked like a guaranteed loser for Democrats, but can the Republicans get their act together? We look for some answers. Also, the head of the IMF is arrested in New York on sexual assault charges, and Pakistan plays a dangerous game with nuclear expansion.

Banner image: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers his address on healthcare reform May 12, 2011 at the Cardiovascular Center on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo: J.D. Pooley/Getty Images

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Jonathan Cohn

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Darrell Satzman
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Medical Care and Political Confusion 34 MIN, 11 SEC

Republicans who once warned about "death panels" are now telling Democrats to stop frightening old people with "Mediscare." But Newt Gingrich says the country's not ready for Paul Ryan's privatization plan, and some Republicans who voted for it are having second thoughts too. Meantime, the former Governor of Massachusetts is trying to explain why "RomneyCare" looks so much like "ObamaCare." And the State of Vermont is about to embark on its own program of "universal coverage," the ultimate public option. We try to sort it all out.

Guests:
Jim Rutenberg, New York Times (@jimrutenberg)
Anya Rader Wallack, Vermont Governor's Office
Peter Suderman, Reason magazine (@petersuderman)
Jonathan Cohn, New Republic (@CitizenCohn)

Making News IMF Chief Arrested in New York on Sexual Assault Charges 7 MIN, 18 SEC

Dominique Strauss-Kahn says he's not guilty, but he'll have to remain in a New York jail at least until his next court hearing for attempted rape and other charges. Strauss-Kahn is head of the International Monetary Fund and was the leading candidate to defeat French President Nicolas Sarkozy.  He was arraigned today in Manhattan Criminal Court. Sudeep Reddy is covering the story for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Sudeep Reddy, Wall Street Journal (@Reddy)

Reporter's Notebook Pakistan's Nuclear Program Is Fastest Growing in the World 8 MIN, 34 SEC

Newsweek magazine has obtained commercial satellite photographs demonstrating that Pakistan is "greatly expanding plutonium production for its nuclear-weapons program." Other nuclear powers have learned that deterrence requires only a limited arsenal of weapons. Proliferation creates the possibility of "loose nukes" getting into the wrong hands. Former Senator Sam Nunn, who co-chairs the Nuclear Threat Initiative, calls Pakistan's buildup "extremely dangerous." That's according to Newsweek's article on "Pakistan's Nuclear Surge," by senior editor Andrew Bast.

Guests:
Andrew Bast, Newsweek

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