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This Wednesday, President Obama will address the American public about a new offensive against the Islamic State, which has seized much of Iraq and Syria. Success may depend on alliances between strange bedfellows. In Iraq, bitter enemies—Shite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabi—share common goals. So do the US and Iran. In Syria, the only credible force against the Islamic State may be the despised regime of Bashar al-Assad. We'll hear what that could mean for diplomacy, ideology and military reality in the Middle East.

Also, the US vows to fight Ebola in Africa, and we discuss immigration reform and political timing.

Banner Image: President Barack Obama meets with advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sonya Geis

Obama Says US Military Will Help Battle Ebola in Africa 6 MIN, 17 SEC

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is now a high priority in the Obama White House. "We have to make this a national security priority," said Obama yesterday on NBC's Meet The Press. "We have to mobilize the international community, get resources in there... We're going to have to get U.S. military assets just to set up, for example, isolation units and equipment there, to provide security for public health workers surging from around the world." Lena Sun reports on health issues for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Lena Sun, Washington Post (@bylenasun)

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Obama: U.S. military to provide equipment, resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa

The Fight Against ISIS Creates Strange Bedfellows 34 MIN, 55 SEC

Last week, President Obama was taking heat for saying he did not yet have a “strategy” for dealing with the Islamic State. But Friday, after the NATO summit in Wales, he announced his intent to build a new coalition to oppose the group he refers to by one of its many names, ISIL—the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Guests:
Feisal Istrabadi, Indiana University (@csme_iu)
Christopher Preble, Cato Institute (@capreble)
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)
Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations (@ecfr)

Pres. Obama Delays on Immigration 8 MIN, 23 SEC

President Obama has blasted the Republican Congress for not taking up the immigration reform bill passed by the Senate. He promised to exert his executive authority and act on his own. But the November mid-term elections apparently got in the way. Yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Obama was asked directly if he’s backing away from his promise on immigration reform because of partisan politics. Fawn Johnson covers domestic policy issues for the National Journal.

Guests:
Fawn Johnson, National Journal (@fawnjohnson)

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