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Even before Republicans chose their new leaders today, President Obama invited them to the White House on Tuesday of next week. Will GOP control of both houses mean a new era of friendship or two more years of paralysis and gridlock?

Also, anti-Islam protests and counter protests rock Germany, and Sebastian Rotella's latest novel, which ranges from Buenos Aires to Paris to Baghdad. We hear how it reveals unsavory connections in the real world.

Photo: House Speaker John Boehner (Official Photo by Caleb Smith

Producers:
Claire Martin
Evan George
Sonya Geis

Anti-Islam Protests and Counter Protests Rock Germany 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Despite appeals from Chancellor Angela Merkel, churches and business leaders, thousands of Germans turned out in Berlin, Dresden and other major cities last night to protest what they call "the Islamization of Europe." There were counter-demonstrations as well, as we hear from Alison Smale, Berlin Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

Guests:
Alison Smale, New York Times (@asmalenyt)

The Grand Old Party Takes Charge on Capitol Hill 34 MIN, 41 SEC

Republicans now control both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006 — with their biggest Congressional majority since the end of World War II. They might try for some compromises with the Obama White House — to prove they really can govern, or they might choose continued gridlock — assuming that voters will blame the President when things inevitably go wrong.  Guaranteed points of contention are the Keystone XL Pipeline, Obamacare and executive actions on immigration and climate change.  Many new members have their own agendas, and today we begin to learn what they’ll demand of their more experienced leaders.  

Guests:
Manu Raju, Politico (@mkraju)
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@JeffJlpa1)
Cliff Schecter, Majority Ohio / Daily Beast (@cliffschecter)

"The Convert's Song," a New Novel by Sebastian Rotella 8 MIN, 42 SEC

The Convert's Song is the second novel by Sebastian Rotella, whose first was Triple Crossing. An award-winning foreign correspondent who's been Los Angeles Times Bureau Chief in Buenos Aires and Paris, Rotella now covers international security for ProPublica.  Rotella says his international thrillers are "not journalism in disguise," but provide insights into the globalization of terrorism and organized crime.

Guests:
Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica (@ProPublica)

The Convert's Song

Sebastian Rotella

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