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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Washington this week as US relations with the subcontinent are improving. We hear about the similarities between two democracies, their differences on human rights—and what each hopes to get from the other.

Later on the program, are the political news media reporting more than they actually know?

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer
Sasa Woodruff

Paul Ryan Defends the GOP against Trump's "Racist Comment" 6 MIN, 30 SEC

House Speaker Paul Ryan said today he still supports Donald Trump, despite "racist" comments by the Republican nominee. When asked about Trump's continued claim that Judge Gonzalo Curiel is biased because he's of Mexican descent, the House Speaker rejected Trump's assertion as "sort of the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed, it's absolutely unacceptable." But he maintained his endorsement of Trump over Clinton, saying "I believe we have more common ground on policy issues and a higher likelihood of policies enacted with him, not her." 

Guests:
Scott Wong, The Hill (@scottwongDC)

More:
Wong on Ryan's response to Trump's comments

The US and India: A Complex "Partnership" 33 MIN, 7 SEC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the White House today. He'll address Congress tomorrow as relations between the US and India continue to warm up. But Senators of both parties have criticized India's human rights record, and Modi himself once was denied a US visa for tolerating religious violence. He now governs a nation that needs new jobs for a million people who turn 18 every month, while economic growth increases the dangers of climate change. We hear about India's role in America's "Pivot to Asia" and the challenge of China's assertiveness. 

Guests:
Dhruva Jaishankar, Brookings India (@d_jaishankar)
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (@RNicholasBurns)
Ben Cardin, US Senate (D-MD) (@SenatorCardin)
Somini Sengupta, New York Times (@SominiSengupta)

More:
Modi's interview with the Wall Street Journal
Jaishankar on the highs, lows and progress between US and India
Jaishankar on India's five foreign policy goals
Burns on the need for our next president to maintain a strong partnership with India
Cardin, other Senators attack India's human rights record
Sengupta on young Indians working to overcome their past

The End of Karma

Somini Sengupta

How Media and Time Zones Sway Voting Patterns 10 MIN, 19 SEC

Even before the polls opened in today's coast-to-coast primaries, the Associated Press has already declared Clinton to be the Democratic nominee. It's based on a poll of super delegates who won't vote until the convention. Will the prediction affect today's turnout? What should the media do?


Photo: Sage Ross

Guests:
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)

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Walter Shapiro

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