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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is at the White House today for the first in a string of meetings that will help define President Obama’s policies in the Middle East.  Also, Sri Lanka’s rebel Tamil Tigers are routed and their leader killed, and former Bush aides take aides take aim at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Banner image: US President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (L) in the Oval Office of the White House. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Making News Sri Lankan Rebel Group Routed, Leader Killed 7 MIN, 46 SEC

The Army of Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southeast tip of India, has killed the leader of one of the world's deadliest guerilla armies. The Tamil Tigers invented the suicide belt and murdered many public officials, including India's former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.  Jeffrey Lunstead is a former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, now a Visiting Professor of South Asian Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Jeffrey Lunstead, former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Main Topic Is There a New Road to Middle East Peace? 37 MIN, 49 SEC

At the White House today, President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, starting off several intense weeks of Middle East diplomacy that will culminate with President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Egypt next month. While Netanyahu is focused on Iran's nuclear program, Obama wants Palestinian peace talks to start up again. So begins the latest period of Middle East diplomacy. We hear about their differences as well as their common interests in terms of domestic politics and foreign affairs.

Michael Hirsh, Politico Magazine (@michaelphirsh)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland (@ShibleyTelhami)
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)

The Much Too Promised Land

Aaron David Miller

Reporter's Notebook Rumsfeld's Peers Speak Out 5 MIN, 24 SEC

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says history will judge him kindly, but former colleagues in the Bush Administration are beginning to speak out. Robert Draper is author of Dead Certain, a book based in part on six hours of interviews with former President Bush and others, including cabinet members. Now, as national correspondent for GQ, he’s reporting the views of Bush administration insiders with what Draper calls “intense feelings of ill will” toward Donald Rumsfeld.

Robert Draper, New York Times Magazine / National Geographic / GQ (@DraperRobert)

Dead Certain

Robert Draper

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