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America's top mortgage salesman says it's finally time for millennials to buy new homes. But his own daughter's not buying it. Their family argument illustrates what's good about President Obama's planned boost for the housing market and what's not.

Also, police launch anti-terror raids in Europe. On today's Talking Point, are electric cars about to become affordable?

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Police Launch Anti-Terror Raids in Europe 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was at the White House today to talk about international terrorism. At a joint news conference, President Obama addressed the issue of home-grown terrorism in the United States, calling our biggest advantage that "our Muslim populations …feel themselves to be American. He also lauded the "incredible process of immigration and assimilation that‘s part of our tradition and it's probably our greatest strength."

Meanwhile, security forces in France, Belgium and Germany have been rounding up suspected terrorists for the past two days. Sebastian Rotella covers terrorism and international crime for ProPublica. He's author of a new novel on those themes, The Convert's Song.

Guests:
Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica (@ProPublica)

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Cameron-Obama article on the shared security and prosperity of the UK and USA

The Convert's Song

Sebastian Rotella

Will Expanding the Housing Market Lead to Another Bubble? 33 MIN, 58 SEC

The housing market usually leads the way out of recession, but this time around it's a drag on economic recovery.  So President Obama is going to give it a boost, making it easier for first-time buyers with low credit ratings to qualify for mortgages on new homes.

Admittedly, it's a modest proposal — $900 in savings for just 250,000 people, when more than $2 million are needed for healthy growth. But critics call it a risky first step toward another sub-prime disaster -- just like the one that started the Great Recession a few years ago.

Guests:
Stephen Oliner, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Catherine Reagor, Arizona Republic (@catherinereagor)
Joe Light, Wall Street Journal (@joelight)
Sara Stevens, APCO Worldwide
Julia Gordon, Center for American Progress (@JRGordonDC)

Getting Closer and Closer to a Super-Battery 9 MIN, 25 SEC

Tesla's all-electric car starts at $70,000 and goes up from there.  This week, GM unveiled an electric with a price tag closer to $30,000. The Chevy Bolt – not to be confused with the hybrid Volt -- goes 200 miles on a single charge, just like the Tesla. But cost is hardly the only difference.  Is the international combustion engine about to become obsolete, or will a "super battery" still be required to change the market forever? Steve LeVine is Washington correspondent for Quartz.  His new book, The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World, will be out next month.

Guests:
Steve LeVine, Quartz (@stevelevine)

The Powerhouse

Steve LeVine

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