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Agenda: Peace Talks, Jobs, Auto Sales

Monday, August 30, 2010

We look ahead to this week of Middle East peace talks, a new jobs report, and auto sales numbers. On Tuesday, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office as combat operations in Iraq officially end. On Wednesday, we'll hear about auto sales numbers for August, and on Thursday, a new round of Middle East peace talks will begin. Friday brings the anticipated jobs report from the Labor Department.

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Allies Consider How to Hand Afghanistan More Responsibility

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives from over 60 countries are meeting in Kabul today. This is the first major international conference in Afghanistan since the 1970s, and the first time Afghanistan is playing host to its major donors. Atop of the agenda: how to hand more responsibility for Afghanistan to the Afghan government. This comes at a crucial period, as American troops are expected to start leaving Afghanistan by next year. 

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Netanyahu Comes to Washington

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington today for a meeting with President Obama, to discuss the Middle East peace process and Israel's national security. The visit is also to show a public display of unity. Diplomatic meetings continue in other quarters as well: Just yesterday, the Israeli defense minister and the Palestinian prime minister met in Jerusalem, in the first face-to-face meeting between such high level officials in several months. 

This all comes on the heels of Turkey's announcement that it may sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless Israel apologizes for the deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza in late May.

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This Week's Agenda: Petraeus' Confirmation, Saudi King Comes to DC, Job Numbers

Monday, June 28, 2010

The week was thrown into uncertainty with the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. The New York Times' Marcus Mabry and The Takeaway's Charles Herman, look at that and the rest of the news coming up in the next seven days.

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Over 100 Militants Arrested in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saudi Arabia security officials said that they have arrested more than 100 militants suspected of working with al-Qaida to target oil facilities and security forces. 

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Mr. Netanyahu Goes to Washington

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Obama later today, but the two leaders come to the table amidst growing tension. Can this meeting smooth the friction between them, given the long history between the U.S. and Israel? And how far can Obama push Israel to jumpstart peace talks with Palestine ... again?

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First Take: Health Care End Game, Mideast Tensions, Detroit's Shrinking Schools, DIY Bailout

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

UPDATED: 8:10 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark, Senior Producer, here on the evening shift. 

We continue to follow the developments in health care reform, clashes in Israel, and of course the NCAA tournament. Our curiosity was also piqued by a recent study on women of color and wealth. They found: 

 

Single black and Hispanic
women have one penny of
wealth for every dollar of
wealth owned by their male
counterparts and a tiny
fraction of a penny for
every dollar of wealth
owned by white women.

"Single black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by their male counterparts and a tiny fraction of a penny for every dollar of wealth owned by white women."

We'll find out how bad it is, and why. Also as part of our DIY bailout series, we'll have some suggestions for building your own wealth. 

We'll also check in on the fiscal health of our nation as Moody's hints at lowering America's bond rating and the Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates low based on moderate economic expectations.  

 

 

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Israel, Palestinians Agree to Indirect Talks

Monday, March 08, 2010

A 14-month deadlock between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on peace negotiations is apparently over.

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This Week's Agenda: Iraqi Elections, Biden in the Middle East, Financial Reform

Monday, March 08, 2010

In this week's agenda, Marcus Mabry, international business editor for the New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent, look at what to expect this week. They'll look at the aftermath of Iraq's national elections, Vice President Biden's visit to the Middle East, and the latest news on financial reform.

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This Week's Agenda: Dalai Lama's White House Visit, US-Islamic World Forum

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's our weekly look at the news to watch out for with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson, BBC political correspondent.

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US-Middle East Policy Enough to Warrant Peace Prize?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

President Obama was in part awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his outreach to the Muslim world. The administration has made Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan top priorities, but some analysts say Obama has  neglected much of the Middle East. We ask Reza Aslan, author and contributing editor to the Daily Beast, and Abderrahim Foukara, the D.C. Bureau Cheif of al-Jazeera, to evaluate the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the president's Middle East diplomacy.

 

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Planned Israeli Settlement Expansion Complicates Peace Process

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As President Obama wraps up his trip in Asia, news out of the Middle East is threatening to distract from whatever progress he might have made this past week on the international stage. Israel has announced plans to expand a Jewish district of Jerusalem captured in the 1967 war. The Palestinians have said this district belongs to their future state.

Isabel Kershner
is a reporter for our partner The New York Times. She reported on the story, and she joins us from Jerusalem.

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Palestinian President Abbas Won't Seek Re-Election

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told his political allies that he will not seek re-election in January. Israel's president and defense minister, along with the president of Egypt and the King of Jordan, have all called Abbas asking him to reconsider. Abbas is expected to give a speech later today, where he will express his frustration with the peace process.

Officials say Abbas told President Obama in October that he would not run for re-election unless Israel agreed to freeze the building of settlements in the West Bank, thereby allowing him to resume peace talks without losing all credibility. Aaron David Miller, public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., joins us with his thoughts on the move. Miller has served as an adviser on Middle East politics to both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State.

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Will Obama Administration Unveil Middle East Peace Plan?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Obama administration wants Israel to stop all construction in the West Bank as a precondition to resuming peace talks with the Palestinians. That's partly why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been meeting with world leaders this week. All of this, according to some predictors, comes ahead of a new Middle East peace plan that could be unveiled by President Obama as early as next month. For more, we're joined by Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC.

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How Arab States See the Iran Crisis

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It's been thirteen days since the results in Iran's presidential election swept President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad back to power and thousands of protesters into the streets. For Arab leaders who have seen President Ahmadinejad as a destabilizing force in the region, it's a win-win situation. For more on the continued unrest and its effect on the region, Michael Slackman, a reporter with our partners The New York Times, joins us from Cairo, Egypt.

For more, read Michael Slackman's article, Arab States Aligned With U.S. Savor Turmoil in Iran, in The New York Times.

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Ahmadinejad Stays in Power. What's Next for Iran?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Protests rocked the streets of Iran throughout the weekend, as citizens reacted to the apparent victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the country's presidential election. Many had hoped that a Mir Hossein Mousavi would ease repression and create a better relationship with the outside world. Afshin Molavi, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of "Soul of Iran: A Nation's Journey to Freedom," joins The Takeaway with a look at what comes next for Iran.

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How Iran's Election Affects the Mideast Peace Process

Monday, June 15, 2009

A hardline anti-Israeli apparently won the election in Iran. Does that strengthen the bargaining position of Israeli president Benjamin Neganyahu, himself a hardliner? Netanyahu finally gave public acceptance to the idea of a Palestinian state. How much more can American diplomats expect from him? Joining The Takeaway from Washington to analyze this latest challenge for the Obama administration is David Sanger. David is the Chief Washington Correspondent and author of “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.” Also joining the discussion is Aaron David Miller, former advisor to the Middle East and the author of “The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.”

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George Mitchell's Road Map to Mideast Peace

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East George Mitchell is in Jerusalem today for meetings with Israeli leaders. Yesterday he called for "immediate" peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinians. That comes on the back of President Obama’s speech in Cairo last week where he made clear his wish for a two-state solution to the conflict and the end of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank. The BBC's Diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus joins us with his analysis.

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Lebanon's Elections: It's the Moderates Over Hezbollah

Monday, June 08, 2009

In Lebanon, hotly-contested parliamentary elections have ended with a win for a U.S.-backed political alliance. The Lebanese opposition, headed by militant Hezbollah, is backed by Syria and Iran; American diplomats did not want to see Hezbollah in charge of a pivotal Mideast nation.The Takeaway is joined by Natalia Antelava, a BBC correspondent in Beirut.

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The Muslim World Parses Obama's Speech

Friday, June 05, 2009

President Obama spoke in Cairo yesterday in an attempt to engage the Muslim world. New York Times reporter Michael Slackman has been collecting responses to the speech and joins The Takeaway from Beirut, Lebanon. What did Palestinians react to? Israelis? Did the president succeed in finding "a new beginning"?

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