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President Obama and the Effort to Find Common Ground

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Yesterday, President Obama toughened his language against political repression by the government of Iran. Today, more bloody violence is being reported. The President has tried to keep open the prospect of dialogue about nuclear development and other issues, but critics now call that policy "dead." Was it a mistake to try to find common ground? Is there any hope that the US can protect demonstrators or persuade Iran to change its ways? What do these events reveal about the President's overall strategy, for domestic issues as well as foreign affairs?  

Credits

Guests:
David Sanger - National Security Correspondent for the New York Times - @SangerNYT, E.J. Dionne - Brookings Institution / Washington Post - @EJDionne, Michael Goldfarb - Weekly Standard, Jonathan Chait - New York magazine - @jonathanchait, John "Rick" MacArthur - Publisher, Harper's magazine

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Christian Bordal, Sonya Geis