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France wants the US to join a "grand and unified coalition" to strike back at ISIS. President Obama is already hearing calls from Democrats as well as Republicans to increase military action against the Islamic State. Terrorism is now Topic Number One for international diplomats and American politicians. But will US politics and diplomacy matter if Muslim countries don't lead the charge against ISIS on their own?

Later on the program, with just one male and two females left in the word, can the Northern White Rhinoceros be saved from extinction?

Photo: President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France hold a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, February 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Pfizer-Allergan Merge in Largest Inversion Deal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Pfizer and Allergan are merging to create the world’s biggest drug company, worth $155 billion. The deal — which will move corporate headquarters to Ireland — is the biggest so-called "inversion" ever. An "inversion" is a way to avoid paying US taxes. Jonathan Rockoff, who covers the pharmaceutical industry for the Wall Street Journal, has the details.

Jonathan Rockoff, Wall Street Journal

Treasury Department's actions to reduce tax benefits of corporate inversions

Terrorism: Diplomacy and Politics 32 MIN, 44 SEC

In the aftermath of the attacks on Paris, France wants a "grand and single coalition" against ISIS — including the US and Russia. That may be easier said than done. Prime Minister Cameron has agreed to join in conducting airstrikes against ISIS if Parliament approves; and President Putin was in Tehran for talks with Iran's Supreme Leader, who tweeted continued support for Syrian President al-Assad. But President Obama, despite facing increased calls for greater involvement, says he will only be willing if Russia abandons Syria's Assad regime. Meantime, intelligence agencies say the real threat to America is not from overseas, but from home-grown sympathizers -- especially as anti-Islamic rhetoric increases. Will US politics and diplomacy matter if Muslim countries don't lead the charge against ISIS on their own?

Adam Schiff, US Congress (D-CA); U.S. Democratic Representative (@RepAdamSchiff)
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Rasha Elass, Project for the Study of the 21st Century (@RashaElass)

The End of Greatness

Aaron David Miller

The Race to Save the Northern White Rhino 10 MIN, 37 SEC

There are just three Northern White Rhinoceros left in the world after a fourth died yesterday at the San Diego Zoo of a bacterial infection and age-related health issues. Nola, a female, had to be euthanized. Her species is the most endangered on Earth, and the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is doing all it can to preserve it from total extinction. 

Nola, seen here at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on April 24, 2015.
Photo by Jeff Keeton

Rick Schwartz, San Diego Zoo Global (@ZooKeeperRick)
Jimmiel Mandima, African Wildlife Foundation (@AWF_Official)


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