US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan hold a joint press conference, during a rain shower, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
May 16th, 2013
04:32 PM ET
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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- President Obama welcomed Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the White House today. A joint press conference gave the press corps a chance to pepper Mr. Obama with more questions about the Washington scandals at the moment. But it also allowed Erdogan the opportunity to hit on issues important to his country – including Iran's nuclear program, trade relations with the U.S., and Syria's war. Turkey has become one of the small countries leading a big shift in global power. Charles Kupchan, Georgetown International Affairs professor, calls Turkey a 'pivot state':
"We're entering a period where the distribution of power in the world is going to be dramatically changed."
- Syria's civil war is having significant side effects in nearby countries, like Turkey. That's where tens of thousands of refugees from the conflict have poured into. And last weekend, two bombs that exploded in Turkey killing dozens and injuring many more, were tied to the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad. Turkey's problems are intensifying the call for the U.S. to get involved in the Syrian conflict. But Marc Lynch, director of the Middle East program at George Washington University, says that involvement may have to be something other than military intervention: :
"I think the best hope for this would be the kind of push for a political transition that you see the United States and many of its allies trying to achieve, holding this conference they agreed upon, with Russia."
- There was Hurricane Sandy a few months ago on the East Coast. Then just last month, a severe storm hit the U.S. Midwest spurring massive flooding that swamped the region. Chicago got hit especially hard and is still cleaning-up. That city and others face tough questions, like how to deal with new weather realities. Don Wuebbles, a University of Illinois atmospheric sciences professor, says it's a wake-up call:
"Everybody said, well we won't see that in another 100 years. And then two years later we had another event. And this year, we had yet another. So we are seeing climate change. And it is real."
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