September 29 - The Latest Showdown in the Tea Party's Governance by Extortion; Insight into Who Was Behind the Mall Massacre in Kenya; A Specialist on Iran Who Met With Rouhani

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Part 1

We begin with the pending shutdown of the U.S. government following the latest move by the Republican House to load conditions on keeping the government funded through a continuing resolution the Senate will not even begin to consider until Monday afternoon, ten hours before the shutdown. Steve Clemons, the Washington editor-at-large for The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of Atlantic LIVE joins us to discuss the latest showdown in The Tea Party’s governance by extortion.


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Part 2

Then we speak with the founder and editor of Somalia Report, against whom the so-called “White Widow” the Kenyan authorities have implicated in the mall massacre, Samantha Lewthwaite, issued a fatwa before her twitter went silent on September 20. Robert Young Pelton joins us to clarify the confusion over the 61 people still missing from the mall attack and the 11 al Shabab terrorists the Kenyans claim to have in custody, as well as analyzing the fighting and factions within the failed state of Somalia.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with the former Iran specialist on the National Security Council under presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan, Gary Sick, who met with the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last Wednesday. He joins us to discuss his meeting, the P5+1 meeting that followed, the phone call between the two presidents after 34 years of hostility, and the meeting at the IAEA last Friday on the possibility of opening up Iran’s nuclear sites that is a precondition for removing the crippling sanctions Rouhani wants ended. 

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