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Arwa Gunja

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CIA Drone Strikes Come Under Scrutiny

Friday, August 12, 2011

Speaking about the CIA's classified drone program, President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser John O. Brennan has said, “There hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.” But a new report by British and Pakistani journalists claims otherwise.

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Advances and Uncertainty in Afghanistan

Friday, August 12, 2011

It has been a tragic couple of weeks for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. What is the status of the situation in Afghanistan? Has the Taliban retreated and when can U.S. troops withdraw? Our partners at the BBC talk with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker about America's long-standing involvement in the region and how we can avoid making the same mistakes that led to 9/11.

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on No Child Left Behind Proposal

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Yesterday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a major override of the No Child Left Behind accountability law for schools. Duncan's proposal will mean that states can apply to bypass performance requirements in the law. One of those requirements is that 100 percent students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Arne Duncan talks about about the overhaul in the law and how it will affect students and schools. (Transcript available after the jump.)

Yesterday, the Secretary of Education announced a major override of the No Child Left Behind accountability law for schools.
Secretary Arne Duncan's proposal will mean that states can apply to bypass performance requirements in the law.
One of those requirements is that 100% students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.

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How Does Market Plunge Affect Economy as a Whole?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

How closely tied are the financial markets to the economy at large? In reaction to the country’s credit rating downgrade on Friday the markets had their worst day since the 2008 financial crisis yesterday as the Dow Jones dropped about 635 points and the Nasdaq was down 175. But do these numbers affect our country’s ability to create jobs? Do they have any meaningful relationship to consumer confidence, the arguable engine of our economy?

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Riots Continue to Spread Across London

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Looting and arson has spread across London for a third successive night, as rioters took to the streets of more deprived boroughs from Hackney in the East to Ealing in the West. While much of the British capital remains quiet, including the major financial and government districts, police and fire crews have struggle to contain the violence where it has occurred. Over 450 people have been arrested, and more than 6,000 police were deployed across London on Monday night.

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With Struggle to Create Jobs, Polytech Incubator Encourages Innovation

Friday, August 05, 2011

Economists forecast that Friday's unemployment report will show the nation's unemployment rate has not changed at 9.2 percent, with an expected figure of 90,000 jobs added last month. Congress has done little to address unemployment, infuriating voters around the nation. But, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has an idea about lowering unemployment. The institute has teamed up with the city of New York to found an incubator that provides a physical space and money to help new businesses take off.

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Ramadan Continues, Amid Violence in Syria and Egypt

Friday, August 05, 2011

Today is the fifth day of Ramadan — the holiest month on the Islamic calendar during which, typically, life in the Middle East slows down. Businesses close early, and families and communities gather every night to break their fast. But this year has been strikingly different. The Syrian government has used the holy month to intensify its violent crackdown on protesters, with tanks entering the town Hama every day since the weekend. Meanwhile in Egypt, hundreds of armed troops stormed Cairo’s Tahrir Square earlier in the week, beating protesters with electric batons.

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Furloughed FAA Workers Demand Congress Pass Authorization Bill

Thursday, August 04, 2011

With Congress at an impasse over an authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Authority, the agency is partially shutdown, leaving about 4,000 FAA workers indefinitely furloughed. They have already gone one two-week pay period without receiving a paycheck — and that could last until September if Congress does not come to an agreement soon. 

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Global Hacking Threats Raise Concern Over U.S. Readiness

Thursday, August 04, 2011

McAfee, a leading cyber security company, issued a report on Wednesday that indirectly points to China as the source of a broad ranging cyber attack on more than 72 organizations throughout the world — including the United Nations, the Olympic movement and the U.S. government. As cyber attacks become a growing threat to the country, the National Security Agency has made a push to employ the best and brightest to combat these attacks. Often, the most qualified people to play defense are often the ones that were once on the offensive — former hackers.

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From Positive Change to Extremist Force: The History of al-Shabab in Somalia

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

One of the biggest obstacles to providing aid to those affected by the drought and famine crisis in Somalia has been the militant group al-Shabab, which controls large parts of southern Somalia. The al-Qaida-linked group is refusing to allow many Western aid organizations into the country, and at the same time is blocking people who attempt to flee. As a result, the lives of 500,000 children are at risk as they suffer from malnutrition. Al-Shabab is viewed as a dangerous and extremist force in Somalia today, but that was not always the case.

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White House Lauds Debt Ceiling Compromise

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

After weeks of a bitter standoff, Congress and the White House have finally reached a deal on how to raise the debt ceiling in the 11th hour. The deal was passed by the House of Representatives on Monday evening and is expected to pass the Senate early Tuesday afternoon. But some question whether the President conceded too much in the debate, and if the administration is calling this compromise a victory. For a perspective from the White House, we talk with Jennifer Psaki, White House Deputy Communications Director.

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'The 99': Superheroes and Comics in the Islamic World

Monday, August 01, 2011

When times are tough, Americans often turn to comic books. The so-called Golden Age of Comics in the U.S. began with the Great Depression, when out-of-work Americans were desperate for superheroes and role models. Our appetite for Superman and the Green Lantern only grew as Hitler marched across Europe. And Americans aren’t the only ones who need superheroes in difficult times. Our guest for this segment is the author of "The 99," a comic book series published in Kuwait and translated into nine languages. "The 99" follows Islam-inspired superheroes as they fight evil dictators and extremists.

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Rosa Parks' Essay on Rape Sheds Light on Her Legacy

Monday, August 01, 2011

Over the weekend, the AP gained access to a six-page essay handwritten by Rosa Parks, recounting details of a white man attacking and attempting to rape his black housekeeper. It’s unclear whether the story is autobiographical or fictional, but it provides a window into the life of Rosa Parks, a legendary human rights activist who spent years bringing the cases of rape and violence against black women to national attention.

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As Debt Deadline Looms, States Could Be Biggest Loser of Them All

Thursday, July 28, 2011

As the deadline for increasing the nation's debt ceiling inches closer, individual states are getting ready for the possibility that the Treasury will run out of cash. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, 35 percent of state budgets rely upon federal funding to keep programs like unemployment, Medicaid, transportation projects and highways running.

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What If Congress Doesn't Raise the Debt Ceiling By Aug. 2?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In his speech last night, President Obama urged the House and Senate to reach a compromise on a debt plan by August 2. "We can't allow the American people to become collateral damage to Washington's political warfare," he said. Immediately afterward, House Speaker John Boehner gave a live speech responding to Obama, in which he pushed for Obama to sign the Republican plan to raise the debt limit. The Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House have proposed two vastly different plans. So, what happens if they can’t agree by the deadline? 

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Deal or No Deal: Debt Deal vs. NFL Lockout Deal

Friday, July 22, 2011

There are two major stories in the news both revolving around deals that have been held up by long, entrenched standoffs.

First, the debt debate wages on in Washington. After hours of closed-door meetings with high-level members of Congress, rumors floated around Capitol Hill yesterday that President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner were close to reaching a debt deal that would call for as much as $3 trillion in savings. 

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Eurozone Leaders Hold Emergency Meeting in 'Make-or-Break' Moment for Greece

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Eurozone leaders are meeting in Brussels today, for an emergency summit on the looming debt crisis in Greece. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called this summit a "make-or-break" moment. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund warned that this crisis could spread to the rest of Europe, even if Eurozone leaders prevent a default in Greece.

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NATO Begins Transfer of Power to Afghan Army in Helmand Province

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Late last month, President Obama gave a speech laying out his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. "Even as there are dark days ahead in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance. These long wars will come to a responsible end," Obama said

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Famine Declared in Southern Somalia but Terrorists May Block Aid

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The United Nations has declared parts of southern Somalia to be in a state of famine, as the country struggles to cope with a drought that has affected more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. But international aid efforts may be complicated because of the Islamic terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, which controls sections of southern Somalia and has in the past restricted access to the region.

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How Easy Is It to Hack Into a Cell Phone?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So far, the News Corp. phone hacking scandal has led to the shutdown of the British tabloid News of the World, the arrests of 10 people, and the resignations of several News Corp. executives and high ranking police officials. Today, Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, will face a round of questioning before the British Parliament. And it all started with phone hacking. There’s no question that hacking is illegal and unethical. But is it difficult to do?

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