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The US and Iran held historic meetings in Baghdad yesterday, amid signs that Iran is increasingly flexing its power in the region. How will the United Nations respond to Iran's continued development of its nuclear program?  What about the fate of American-Iranians who have been detained in Iran and accused of endangering national security?  Also, President Bush orders new economic sanctions against Sudan and, on Reporter's Notebook, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan pulls up stakes outside the President's Crawford ranch, and heads for home.  Sara Terry guest hosts.

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Making News President Bush Announces Additional Sanctions against Sudan 5 MIN, 52 SEC

President Bush today ordered new economic sanctions against Sudan, in an attempt to pressure the government there to end the bloodshed in Darfur. Calling the crisis a genocide that "challenges the conscience of the world," Bush urged Sudanese President Bashir to "end the campaign of violence" and allow peacekeepers into the region. John Prendergast is a senior advisor to the International Crisis Group.

John Prendergast, Founder, Enough Project

Main Topic The US and Iran Finally Talk about Iraq 34 MIN, 18 SEC

After nearly three decades of formal silence, representatives from the US and Iran met in Baghdad yesterday and agreed on the need for a stable Iraq.  There were many issues that were not on the table, including Iran's continued defiance of the international community with its nuclear program. There is also the question of US-Iranian citizens who have been detained during visits to their home country and were today charged with espionage.  Guest host Sara Terry explores Iran's agenda in the Middle East and US response to it.

Larry Kaplow, Baghdad Correspondent for Newsweek
Marina Ottaway, Wilson Center
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD)
Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor (@peterson__scott)
Shaul Bakhash, Professor of Middle East History, George Mason University

Reporter's Notebook Cindy Sheehan's About-Face on the Anti-War Movement 8 MIN

Five acres of land in Crawford Texas were put up for sale today by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who is calling it quits. Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, captured the media spotlight when she camped outside President Bush's Crawford ranch, hoping to meet with him. She bought the land as a permanent site for protesters. Today, on what would have been her son's twenty-eighth birthday, she headed home for California, disillusioned with the cause she once championed.  Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University.

Todd Gitlin, Columbia University (@toddgitlin)

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