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Mexico's drug cartels commit bloody violence with weapons imported from the US. We talk with an investigator for Congress who says law enforcement agencies don't have a strategy to deal with the problem.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the President escalated his rhetoric today in response to political repression. We hear about that and about new challenges posed by an old adversary as North Korea escalates its provocations of the US and the United Nations.  


Banner image: Weapons, computers and communication equipment seized to alleged members of the Sinaloa drug cartel are presented to the press at the Police Command Centre in Mexico City, on May 15, 2009. Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Obama Talks Tough on Iran; North Korea Nuclear Crisis 35 MIN, 48 SEC

President Obama began today's news conference by responding to complaints about lukewarm support for election protesters in Iran. Also, a discussion of North Korea, which has escalated tensions with the US and the United Nations. We look at the provocations and possible options for the US and the UN.

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)
Steve Clemons, The Atlantic (@SCClemons)
David Kang, University of Southern California (@DaveCKang)
Chaibong Hahm, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Second Civil War

Ron Brownstein

Main Topic US Guns to Mexican Drug Gangs 18 MIN, 56 SEC

Mexico's drug cartels are using weapons powerful enough to stop vehicles, penetrate bullet-proof vests or confront Army troops.  Ninety percent of the weapons seized by Mexican authorities have been traced back to the US

Guests:
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)
Jess Ford, Director of International Affairs and Trade, Government Accountability Office
Dennis Henigan, Vice President for Law and Policy, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Lethal Logic

Dennis Henigan

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