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Reports of decreasing violence in Iraq are having repercussions on the presidential campaign. Barack Obama says he'll revise his troop-withdrawal strategy to meet existing conditions. Is that a flip-flop? Does less violence mean that John McCain is right to insist that troops stay until "victory" has been achieved? Also, today's suicide bombing outside the Indian embassy in Kabul. On Reporter's Notebook, does America's trial process keep some of the best US athletes out of the Olympic Games?

 

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Making News Bomb Kills Dozens in Kabul 6 MIN, 7 SEC

In Kabul, Afghanistan today a suicide car bomb has killed at least 41 people and seriously injured many more. It took place outside the Indian embassy.  Martin Patience is there for the BBC.

Guests:
Martin Patience, Reporter, BBC

Reporter's Notebook Are US Rules Keeping Top Athletes out of the Olympic Games? 5 MIN, 44 SEC

American sprinter Tyson Gay fell this weekend during the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. He had qualified earlier for the 100-meter dash, but the fall means he won't run in the 200, despite his being the world champion. Gay's problem isn't new. Other top US athletes have failed in Olympic trials in past years. This latest episode has revived the debate about whether the US should change its rules.  Alan Abrahamson is sports writer for NBCSports.com.

Guests:
Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports (@alanabrahamson)

Main Topic Troop Withdrawal and Campaign Promises 36 MIN, 49 SEC

John McCain's been consistent in claiming he won't draw down troops in Iraq until "victory" is guaranteed, whenever that might happen. Barack Obama says he's been consistent too, but Republicans claim it's a flip-flop when he says his sixteen-month timeline depends on Iraqi stability. With reports that violence is decreasing, is Obama revising his plan?  Was McCain right about the surge?  Is Iraq's Shiite-dominated government making peace with Sunni insurgents, or could violence resume and upset the strategies of both candidates?

Guests:
George Packer, New Yorker (@newyorker)
Joe Conason, Investigative Fund
Ned Parker, Reuters News Service (@nedmparker1)
Juan Cole, University of Michigan (@jricole)

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