Obama Administration's Delicate Balance with Mexico
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President Obama got no questions about Iraq or Afghanistan in last night’s press conference, but was asked if the raging violence of drug cartels in Mexico is “a national security threat.” Guest host Lawrence O’Donnell explores the new tensions in US relations with Mexico and what the Obama Administration hopes to achieve with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s meeting today with Mexican President Felipe Calderón. Also, Obama meets with Senate Democrats on the budget, and the Supreme Court considers whether Hillary: The Movie should be banned.
Banner image: Construction continues on border fence as drug violence escalates in Mexico. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
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- Adriel Bettelheim: White House Correspondent, CQPolitics.com
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Mexico today to shore up relations with Mexican President Felipe Calderón at a time when US relations with Mexico have never been more complex. As the United States is speeding hundreds of federal agents to the Mexican border as part of an ambitious new plan to prevent the drug cartels' surging violence from spilling over into the US, tensions continue on NAFTA, the recession in the US has hit hard in Mexico, and illegal immigration remains a hot button of American politics. Is President Obama's next foreign crisis next door? With a bloody drug war raging out of control, is Mexico a failed state?
- Ken Ellingwood: Mexico City Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
- Andres Rozental: former Deputy Foreign Minister of Mexico
- Andrew Selee: Director of the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
- Elisabeth Malkin: Writer, New York Times
- Daniel Lund: President of MUND Americas
'Hillary' Leaves High Court Sounding Skeptical on McCain-Feingold ()
Yesterday the US Supreme Court heard arguments about how a movie has put the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law on a collision course with the first amendment. The case of Hillary: The Movie might be the undoing of campaign finance reform. Greg Stohr, who reports on the Supreme Court for Bloomberg News, explains why.
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