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President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that the U.S. is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital rocked the Middle East. We discuss the future of Jerusalem and the peace process.

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An escalating war in the Middle East as Israel sends ground forces into Gaza. We discuss the latest conflict with Israel's Consul General in Chicago and a local Palestinian professor.

"The Color Purple" author on poetry

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Her most famous work may be the novel The Color Purple, but Alice Walker says she is a poet at heart. Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for The Color Purple in 1983, the first African-American woman to do so. Now the poet-turned-novelist has two new books, of poetry and prose. She joins us. Read an article.

Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed

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The last time an American president asked Congress for a declaration of war was in 1941, after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Longtime CBS and NBC News correspondent Marvin Kalb says this new normal undercuts Congress' constitutional authority and undermines America's reputation worldwide. Read a Q&A with Kalb.

How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East

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Middle East scholar Rashid Khalidi says America has not been working for peace in its efforts to mediate the Israel-Palestine conflict, including President Obama's backtracking on freezing West Bank settlements. He joins us.