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President Obama has refused to grant the so-called "Islamic State" its claim to be based on the Muslim religion. That has set off a semantic debate with potential consequences for the war on terror.

Also,Obamacare gives an extension and admits another error. On today's Talking Pointpredicting the Oscars is easier than Hollywood wants you to think. In some categories, there's a 90% chance of placing a safe bet.

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Obamacare Gives an Extension and Admits (Another) Error 6 MIN, 4 SEC

HealthCare.gov closed Sunday for most users of the Affordable Care Act. But for some others, the deadline will be extended. It's all about taxes and misinformation sent to some 8000,000 people, as Louise Radnofsky reports in the Wall Street Journal.

Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal (@louiseradnofsky)

Avoiding the "I" Word 34 MIN, 15 SEC

During his summit on violent extremism, President Obama refused to use the word "Islamic" to describe the brutal group calling itself the "Islamic State." He says connecting its savage acts to religion gives religion a bad name. "We must never accept the premise that they put forward because it is a lie. Nor should we grant these terrorists the legitimacy they seek. They are not religious leaders, they are terrorists."

A chorus of critics, including some scholars, say he's denying reality. Like it or not, they insist, ISIS is rooted in the Koran. So, what's to be done about the continuing flood of ISIS supporters? Should there be less talk about words and more about living conditions for the poor, young people and women in much of the Muslim world?

Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post national affairs correspondent (@eilperin)
Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Nihad Awad, Council on American-Islamic Relations (@NihadAwad)
Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera (@rafiazakaria)

Associated Press on the US being at war with those who have perverted Islam
Haykel on what ISIS really wants
Zakaria on women and Islamic militancy

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Rafia Zakaria

Betting (and Winning) on the Oscars 9 MIN, 17 SEC

The Academy Awards ceremony is one of America's most-watched events, and Sunday's broadcast will be hyped for "suspense," as usual. But insiders and savvy gamblers know that most of the nominees don't have much chance of winning. There are only 6000 members of the Academy, and they choose the winners for "weird reasons." Nevertheless, winners are predictable, and Oscar night is a good night for gamblers. That's according to Walt Hickey, lead life-style writer for FiveThirtyEight, a data-driven website that specializes in predictions.

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Walt Hickey, FiveThirtyEight.com (@walthickey)

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