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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says Baltimore has "turned a corner" since recent violence, but the streets are still full of protesters against police abuse, racism and economic inequality.

Also, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed Congress and apologizes for World War II suffering. On today's Talking Point, why the Middle East needs a sexual revolution.

Photo: A protestor demonstrates in front of a line of police officers in solidarity with protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray, in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Abe Addresses Congress, Apologizes for WWII Suffering 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Shinzo Abe made history today as the first Prime Minister of Japan to address a joint meeting of Congress. As leader of an American enemy during World War II, he offered, "with profound respect, [his] eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II." Describing his visit to Washington's World War II Memorial, Abe said he felt "deep repentance."

Frank Jannuzi is president of the nonprofit Mansfield Foundation, which works to improve US-Asia relations. He's former Asia Affairs Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Frank Jannuzi, Mansfield Foundation (@FrankJannuzi)

Divided Baltimore — Is It America? 32 MIN, 59 SEC

Yesterday, Baltimore saw protesters, cleanup crews and even dance troops — a far cry from Monday night's rioting. The National Guard is still on the streets. Last night there were some violations of the 10pm curfew and the police used tear gas to clear a major intersection.

Baltimore is trying to recover from its worst civil disturbance since 1968, when the city erupted over Martin Luther King's assassination. The public schools are open again, the Symphony will hold a free concert — but the Orioles will play baseball in an empty stadium closed to the public. Nobody has yet explained the death 10 days ago of Freddie Gray, a young, black man in police custody. State and federal prosecutors are investigating.

Yesterday, President Obama took time during his press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Abe, to denounced rioters as "thugs" and "criminals." He called violence in the divided city is another wake-up call for a nation plagued by police abuse and discrimination by race and class.

Jon Swaine, Guardian US edition (@jonswaine)
DeRay McKesson, Black Lives Matter (@deray)
Calvin Keene, Memorial Baptist Church
Michael Fletcher, Washington Post (@Fletchpost)

Swain on Baltimore grief, riots
Long-time resident Fletcher on the two Baltimores
Baltimore Sun on gang members standing with City Council against rioting
Think Progress on the Economic devastation fueling the anger in Baltimore

Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution 10 MIN, 24 SEC

Mona Eltahawy has been called a "warrior journalist." An Egyptian by birth, she was brutally attacked covering the so-called "Arab Spring" in Cairo. She has written for publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She's a frequent commentator on the BBC, CNN, PBS and Al-Jazeera, and she reported for To the Point during the Arab Spring five years ago. Now she's written, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, a controversial book about what's needed to accomplish needed change in the Middle East.

Mona Eltahawy, syndicated columnist (@monaeltahawy )

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