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If Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the nominees of their political parties, gender will be a major issue for the first time in a presidential campaign. We hear how it's starting to play out. 

Later on the program, will Malia Obama's "gap year" help set a pattern for other American teenagers? 

Photo: Clinton campaign's official "Woman Card"

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Christine Detz
Evan George

US Service Member Killed in Iraq 6 MIN, 30 SEC

For the third time since October, an American military "advisor" was killed in Iraq today. He was a Navy Seal serving 20 miles north of Mosul, a city held by the so-called Islamic State. William Hennigan, Pentagon correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, returned from Iraq just two weeks ago.

Guests:
William Hennigan, Los Angeles Times / Chicago Tribune (@wjhenn)

Presidential Campaign: It's the "Woman's Card" v. the "Man's Card" 33 MIN, 32 SEC

Hillary Clinton would be America's first woman president, and Donald Trump isn't hesitating to use that against her. He's told voters, "To be frank, if Hillary were a man I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote. All she has is playing the woman's card. And the beautiful thing is – women don't like her, OK?" The Clinton campaign says, bring it on — believing the so-called "Woman's Card" can only work in her favor. "If supporting healthcare for women, and equal pay… is playing the 'woman's card' then deal me in!" But research shows that playing the "Man's Card" could mean votes for Donald Trump. Do insults to women just come off the top of his head, or are they part of a calculated campaign strategy?

Guests:
Dana Milbank, Washington Post (@Milbank)
Jess McIntosh, Emily's List (@jess_mc)
Mona Charen, Ethics and Public Policy Institute / National Review Online (@monacharenEPPC)
Lynn Vavreck, UCLA / New York Times (@vavreck)

More:
Milbank on Trump's calculated misogyny
Vavreck on how gender hurts Trump but doesn't lift Clinton

The Gamble

John Sides

Malia Obama Puts a Spotlight on the "Gap Year" 9 MIN, 39 SEC

Malia Obama is putting a spotlight on the "gap year," routine in Europe but still a luxury in this country.

Malia Obama's parents both went to Harvard, so it's no surprise that she will be going there, too… with one exception. She'll be taking a year off after graduating from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. It turns out that more and more US colleges are encouraging what's called the "gap year." So, what's it good for, and who can afford it? Jeffrey Selingo is author of There Is Life after CollegeHe says more high school seniors need to take a gap year.

Guests:
Jeffrey Selingo, Washington Post (@jselingo)

More:
Franklin Project

There Is Life After College

Jeffrey J. Selingo

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