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Iraq appears to be reaping the negative consequences of both the Bush Administration's invasion and the Obama Administration's withdrawal. ISIS has exploited differences between Sunnis and Kurds, and the Shia are divided among themselves. For the US, are there any good options?

Later on the program, terrorism is much in the news, but political freedom means Americans will always be vulnerable. 

Photo: Followers of Iraq's Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr storm Baghdad's Green Zone after lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the government, in Iraq April 30, 2016. (Khalid al Mousily/Reuters)

FDA Issues Sweeping, New Rules on E-Cigarettes 6 MIN, 17 SEC

Yesterday, California set a new smoking age limit of 21.  Today, the federal Food and Drug Administration imposed new regulations on tobacco products — for the first time including e-cigarettes – that will prohibit retail sale of e-cigarette's, cigars or other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters, "We are protecting our children and teenagers and are helping adults get the information they need to make informed decisions about tobacco and nicotine use." Brady Denis covers public health issues for the Washington Post.

Brady Dennis, Washington Post (@brady_dennis)

Is Iraq the Next "Failed State" in the Middle East? 33 MIN, 49 SEC

This week's brief takeover of the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone may have been political theater, but it was part of a real-life drama that's deadly serious and may or may not have a happy ending for Sunnis, Shia, Kurds — or the United States. American casualties will likely rise in the fight against ISIS -- and in support of a government too weak to hold the country together. We look at the struggle to prevent a bad situation from growing worse.

Tim Arango, New York Times (@tarangoNYT)
Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraqi statesman
Derek Harvey, US Army (retired)
Peter Galbraith, gubernatorial candidate and former diplomat (@GalbraithforVT)

Washington Post editorial on the White House's Iraq delusion

The End of Iraq

Peter W. Galbraith

Keeping the Home and Homeland Safe 9 MIN, 32 SEC

At the beginning of next year, America will be exchanging one government leader for another, but one issue will remain the same in the age of terrorism: a mother's concern about the security of her children. As the prospective Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has a special challenge: persuading women that he's on their side. "I'm getting bad press with women but I think we're going to change that and turn that around -- lot of women are saying, 'we like Donald Trump because we feel he's going to be strong from the standpoint of protection on ISIS, on the border, on other countries.'"

Juliette Kayyem is former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, now founder of her own security consulting firm and author of Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home.

Juliette Kayyem, Kayyem Solutions (@juliettekayyem)

Security Mom

Juliette Kayyem

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