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Under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Vatican has joined 135 countries in recognizing a Palestinian state.  Will it be more than a boost for Palestinian morale? We hear Israeli reaction and the possible consequences in Europe and elsewhere in the world of diplomacy.

Also, the feds move to limit military-style weapons for police forces. On today's Talking Point, yesterday's deadly shootout in Waco, Texas was just one battle in a war between rival biker gangs. We hear that law enforcement was ready — and better get ready for more.

Photo: Pope Francis (R) embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of the ceremony for the canonisation of four nuns at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015. (Tony Gentile/Reuters)

Still Life with Bombers

David Horovitz

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Christine Detz

Feds to Limit Military-Style Weapons for Police Forces 6 MIN, 30 SEC

During protests over last year's shooting death of Michael Brown, police in Ferguson, Missouri rolled out armored tanks and riot gear. A White House working group concluded that over-reaction made the situation dramatically worse. Today, President Obama announced a ban on providing certain military equipment to local police.

 Jennifer Bendery, who covers the White House and Congress for the Huffington Post, has details.

Guests:
Jennifer Bendery, Huffington Post (@jbendery)

The Pope, the Palestinians and Middle-East Peace 33 MIN, 42 SEC

Pope Francis has recognized a Palestinian State, but it's not clear if he means Hamas in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank or both. And he may or may not have called PA President Mahmoud Abbas "an angel of peace." Vatican diplomacy is full of uncertainties. One hundred thirty-five members of the United Nations have recognized a Palestinian State, but the US and Europe say there can't be one until Israel and the Palestinians settle their differences. Israel is not happy about it — or the prospects that Europe may be following suit. Nevertheless, with the US-backed "peace process" dead in the water, some Palestinians call the Pope's action "a flicker of light in a sea of darkness."

Guests:
Said Arikat, Al Quds (@SMArikat)
David Horovitz, Times of Israel (@davidhorovitz)
Diane Winston, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalistm (@dianewinston)
Natan Sachs, Brookings Institution (@natansachs)

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Pope Francis on the canonization of two Palestinian nuns
BDS movement

Bandidos, Rival Biker Gangs Involved in Deadly Texas Shootout 9 MIN, 41 SEC

Nine bikers are dead, 18 have been wounded and 170 are charged with engaging in organized crime after a deadly shoot-out involving rival gangs at a Twin Peaks franchise restaurant in Waco, Texas. Law enforcement knew it might happen, and local agencies were prepared. Steve Cook, a police officer in the Kansas City area who also runs a group called The Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, has more on what happened and what might be next.

Special thanks to Sarah Sweeney for production assistance.

Guests:
Steve Cook, Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Law Enforcement Association (@BikerAuthority)

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'Press Play' on the Texas biker shoot-out

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