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With America's transportation system on the verge of collapse, the Highway Trust Fund is about run out of money. Even if Congress passes a short-term fix, what are the consequences of falling behind for competition in the global economy?

Also, Turkey calls for an emergency NATO meeting on ISIS. On today's Talking Point, in just four years, the triumphant creation of South Sudan has turned into the tragedy. We talk with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof about the human faces of civil war.

Photo: Dhanix

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Evan George

Turkey Calls for Emergency NATO Meeting on ISIS, Kurds 6 MIN, 22 SEC

Turkey called a rare emergency session of the NATO Alliance today as it opens new offensives against both ISIS and Kurdish forces — which are mutually opposed. James Jeffrey, a former US Ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, is currently a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute. 


Photo: North Atlantic Council meeting following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations
(L-R) NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

Guests:
James Jeffrey, Washington Institute (@washinstitute)

More:
Statement by the North Atlantic Council after Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations

The Highway Trust Fund Encounters Congestion in Congress 33 MIN, 5 SEC

America's transportation system is falling apart. More than half of all roads, highways and bridges are "obsolete" or "at high risk for catastrophe." The American Society for Civil Engineers says the cost of repair will be $3.6 trillion — if money's available over the next five years. But the Highway Trust Fund will run out on Friday, with Congress leaving for summer vacation. In both the House and the Senate, long -term funding has been caught up in short-term politics. We look at the consequences of falling behind — compared to what's possible for "the world's most advanced nation."

Guests:
Michael Grunwald, Politico magazine (@MikeGrunwald)
Janet Kavinoky, US Chamber of Commerce (@USChamber)
Kelsey Snell, Washington Post (@kelsey_snell)
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School (@rosabethkanter)

More:
Kelsey on Trust Fund, House and Senate bills
Kavinoky's testimony to the Senate Banking Committee
Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition Letter supporting HR 2353, "Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015"
Grunwald's "Overpasses: A love Story"
Envision Utah
WWLA on much needed repairs to Los Angeles roads, California freeways

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Rosabeth Moss Kanter

What Can the World Do for South Sudan? 10 MIN, 16 SEC

Four years ago, President Obama celebrated South Sudan as the world's newest nation. Today, at a meeting of the African Union, he was urging its East African neighbors to help stop that country's devastating civil war.


President Obama addresses the African Union
at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 28, 2015
Photo courtesy of African Union

Recently, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was in South Sudan. He joins us to discusses the human cost of the conflict.

Guests:
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times (@NickKristof)

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