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Many battles certainly lie ahead for the White House and Congress, so why is there any optimism about possible compromise on immigration reform? Border control, employment verification, “amnesty” and the right to citizenship—even the English language—are potential flashpoints. But nothing concentrates the attention like the latest election returns, which showed growing numbers of Latino and Asian voters losing their patience. That’s created pressure on the President to fulfill his promises, on Republicans to catch up with a changing electorate—and unexpected alliances across party lines. On Reporters Notebook… what’s the leader of Google doing in North Korea? Also, we'll take a look at Obama's nomination of Hagel to Defense and Brennan to CIA.

 

Producers:
Evan George
Christian Bordal
Caitlin Shamberg

Making News Obama Nominates Hagel to Defense and Brennan to CIA 12 MIN

Despite the prospect of a fight in the Senate, President Obama today nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense…

Guests:
Ron Fournier, National Journal (@ron_fournier)

Main Topic Will Partisanship Take a Break for Immigrant Reforgeorm? 30 MIN

In 2009, President Obama promised comprehensive immigration reform, but his first term saw record numbers of deportations. The partial “dream act” won him a break in November’s election, but growing numbers of Latino and Asian voters are losing their patience.  As for Republicans, the angry white voters they’ve come to depend on are declining in number.  All that has led some to predict that comprehensive immigration reform is “not only possible but also likely.”

Guests:
David Grant, Christian Science Monitor (@DW_Grant)
Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst‎)
Trey Grayson, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (@KYTrey)
Ann Morse, Program director of the Immigrant Policy Project at the National Conference of State Legislatures
John Ackerman, National Autonomous University of Mexico (@JohnMAckerman)

Reporter's Notebook Google’s Eric Schmidt visits North Korea 18 MIN

North Korea allows just a tiny elite to use the Internet, but it’s officially referred to a group of American visitors as “a Google delegation.” Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, is part of a group led by former New Mexico Governor and UN Ambassador, Bill Richardson. We discuss why.

Guests:
David Kang, University of Southern California (@DaveCKang)

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