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The developing crisis in Ukraine could produce a war over natural gas between Russia and Western Europe. We’ll look at what that could mean for the worldwide supply of energy, as the US is on the verge of a possible oil and gas “boom.” On today's Talking Point, the US has focused on protecting itself from foreign jihadists since 9/11, but the danger from white power, anti-abortion and anti-government extremists has been deadlier.

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Making News Conflict Escalates in Eastern Ukraine 7 MIN, 50 SEC

The interim government of Ukraine has upped the ante in the Eastern part of the country by deploying troops, helicopters and armored personnel carriers. President Oleksandr Turchynov calls it an “anti-terrorist operation against pro-Russian forces who’ve occupied government buildings." Mark Rachkevych is an editor of the Kyiv Post.

Guests:
Mark Rachkevych, Kyiv Post (@KyivPost)

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Main Topic Energy and Independence from Kiev to Keystone 36 MIN, 5 SEC

Ukraine’s Army is on the move with pro-Russian forces still digging in. As the crisis continues to build, there’s the prospect of a “natural gas war” pitting Russia against the European Union and NATO. Energy supplies could be affected worldwide, with the US on the verge of an oil and gas boom that could mean energy independence. 

Some Democrats are pushing the President to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. There’s pressure to increase fracking and to export natural gas. But what about renewables, and the environment?

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The White House says Putin was urged to ask “all irregular forces to lay down their arms.”

Guests:
Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution (@steven_pifer)
Daniel Yergin, IHS Inc. (@DanielYergin)
Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal (@russellgold)
Bill McKibben, environmentalist and author (@billmckibben)

Today's Talking Point Is the US Failing at Tracking Right-Wing Extremists? 6 MIN, 54 SEC

One year ago, the Boston Marathon bombers killed four people, including a policeman as they tried to evade capture — a death toll roughly similar to this week’s killing of three at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas. But there are many differences between the two incidents, including the amount of news coverage. Peter Bergen is National Security Analyst for CNN and a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Guests:
Peter Bergen, CNN (@peterbergencnn)

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