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Are Taliban militants really on the run in Pakistan? Is President Karzai on the same side as the US and other countries providing Afghanistan with troops and money? We look for answers to some challenging questions. Also, President Obama proposes a shift in us nuclear strategy, and NASA launches the shuttle Discovery. The President sets a course for the space program's privatization.

Banner image: Pakistani officials and media gather beside the wreckage of destroyed vehicles at a damaged military building next to the US consulate following a huge suicide bomb attack in Peshawar on April 5, 2010. Photo: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

Making News Obama Proposes a Shift in US Nuclear Strategy 7 MIN, 39 SEC

gates.jpgThe Obama Administration today unveiled a new strategy for nuclear weapons. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that rather than develop new warheads, the Nuclear Posture Review provides for using only "components based on previously tested designs and will not support new military missions or provide for new military capabilities" Yesterday, President Obama discussed the NPR with two New York Times reporters. David Sanger is also author of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.

Segment image: Defense Secretary Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu discuss the Nuclear Posture Review. DoD photo: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley 

David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for the New York Times (@SangerNYT)

The Inheritance

David Sanger

Main Topic US Strategy in South Asia: Is It Really Working? 36 MIN, 54 SEC

In Pakistan, the attack on the US consulate in Peshawar with guns, bombs and rocket-propelled grenades — the first such direct assault in that country since 2006 -- is being called a "message” that the Taliban can still cause havoc whenever they want to, despite the devastation caused by American drones and Pakistani soldiers. In Afghanistan, President Karzai's attack on "foreign meddling” has raised questions about the role of US troops and money. Will the much-touted "victory” by the Marines in Marjah be sustainable? What about plans to attack the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar? We get conflicting assessments.

Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Hasan-Askari Rizvi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Punjab
Thomas Johnson, Naval Postgraduate School
Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times (@mrosenbergNYT)

Reporter's Notebook Space Shuttle Heads Back to the Space Station 6 MIN, 28 SEC

nasa.jpgIt's too soon to tell if the space shuttle suffered much damage after today's launch because Discovery's big-dish antenna has failed to provide pictures. That's expected to be resolved when the crew reaches the space station tomorrow. The mission won't feature as much live TV as we've come to expect, with 13 astronauts planning three space walks and other chores. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics astronomer Jonathan McDowell writes about the space program at Jonathan's Space Report.

Segment image: Space shuttle Discovery lifts off. Photo: NASA

Jonathan McDowell, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (@planet4589)

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