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Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program involve seven nations, with domestic politics in Iran and the US inevitably driving the agenda.  Now Israel has been added to the equation — in the middle of an election campaign.  What are the prospects for reaching agreement?

Also,  Greeks vote for change in bailout terms, and President Obama rekindles an old fight over oil drilling in a pristine wilderness. 

Photo: Speaker John Boehner welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the US Capitol. March 6, 2012. (Official Photo by Bryant Avondoglio)

Greeks Vote for Change in Bailout Terms 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Voters in Greece elected a new leader yesterday — Alexis Tsipras, of the leftist Syriza party.  He immediately formed a governing coalition with the right-wing independent Greeks.  Both want an end to austerity, and they could make Greece the first nation to leave the Eurozone. Nick Malkoutzis is deputy editor of the English edition of Kathimerini, a national newspaper.

Nick Malkoutzis, Macropolis (@NickMalkoutzis)

Nuclear Development and Middle East Stability 35 MIN, 12 SEC

President Obama says Iran's nuclear program has been "halted" -- but a final settlement seems far in the future.  Talks about the program will resume next month, with Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States back at the table.  Their deadline for a real deal is the end of June — but there's talk of another extension. Senate Republicans, and some Democrats, want tougher sanctions, claiming that will encourage Iran to make new concessions, but Obama has threatened a veto.  House Speaker Boehner has injected Israel into the mix by inviting Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress -- while he's running for re-election.  Are domestic politics in all three countries threatening diplomacy with nuclear weapons at stake? 

Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal (@WSJSolomon)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
Yossi Alpher, Israeli consultant and author
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)
Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (@JSchanzer)

Senator Corker on a vote in Congress on Iran nuclear agreement "gaining momentum"
Senator Kirk on stopping the clock on a nuclear Iran
Solomon on White House-Congress clash over Iran sanctions
Parsi's 'A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran'


Yossi Alpher

Obama Moves to Block Development in Arctic Refuge 8 MIN, 7 SEC

For 35 years, Democrats and Republicans have been fighting over petroleum reserves in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Over the weekend, the Obama White House announced another aggressive use of executive authority to halt oil exploration, a proposal to designate 12 million additional acres of Alaska as wilderness.

The message was gentle, but to the ears of Alaskan politicians, it was grating. Andrew Restuccia is energy and environment reporter for Politico.

Andrew Restuccia, Politico (@AndrewRestuccia)

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