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Jillian Weinberger

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What Can the N.S.A. do With Cell Phone and Internet Data?

Friday, June 07, 2013

There is growing outrage at the revelation this week that the Obama administration required Verizon to provide call data on their customers. The news yesterday that the NSA is also mining internet data via sites like Google, Facebook, and Apple only heightened public anger. What can the government do with our cell phone and internet data, anyway?

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U.S. and Chinese Presidents Meet in California

Friday, June 07, 2013

Today President Obama meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping far outside the beltway, in sunny Palm Springs, California. The two leaders have much to discuss, from North Korea to cyberattacks to recent reports of Chinese espionage in American institutions. Peter Narvarro is a professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine. He recently directed a film entitled “Death By China.”

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The Possibilities and Limitations of Affecting Change Through the United Nations

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, has focused her career on the study of genocide and humanitarian intervention, If Power is confirmed, she faces a number of challenges to her strong beliefs: she may find herself debating policy with some of the dictators she has sought to bring down. Kurt Volker understands the challenges Samantha Power might face. Volker served as the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2008 to 2009.

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The Coming Revolution in Higher Ed

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Last year Harvard and M.I.T. announced a joint online learning initiative called edX, that promised to reach students across the globe by providing online classes free of charge. Recently, there has been some debate about the effectiveness of the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, offered by the nonprofit start-up, and its for-profit competitors. Anant Agarwal, the president of edX, remains a strong advocate of online education and its ability to democratize education.

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Bono and the Polarizing Face of Celebrity Activism

Monday, June 03, 2013

Is there a more polarizing contemporary rockstar than Bono? For some, the U2 frontman's international relief efforts epitomize what can be accomplished when a celebrity harnesses his fame to tackle global problems. But for others, Bono's self-appointed role as the definitive celebrity activist is a narcissistic venture that does as much harm (if not more harm) than good for the people he purports to be helping.

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Author and Veteran Kevin Powers Reflects on Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2013

From Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" to Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," the combat novel takes its readers right into the action, into the horrors of war. With his recent novel "The Yellow Birds," author and veteran Kevin Powers does for Iraq what Remarque did for World War I and O'Brien did for Vietnam. On this Memorial Day, Powers reflects on his fellow veterans, and the military personnel still serving today.

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Oklahoma High School Seniors Graduate in Tornado's Aftermath

Friday, May 24, 2013

It has been a devastating week for the people of Oklahoma. Monday’s tornado left twenty-four people dead, hundreds injured, and an estimated 2 billion dollars in damage. Despite the destruction, students from Moore, Southmoore and Westmoore high schools will graduate as planned on Saturday. Jeff Wood and Brooke Potter will be among them. 

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Drone Strikes and Diplomacy, from Yemen to Pakistan

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today, in an address at National Defense University, President Obama will describe his administration's legal justification and framework for drone strikes and targeted killings. This follows official confirmation by Attorney General Eric Holder that four United States citizens have been killed in strikes. Micah Zenko, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of a recent comprehensive report on drone strike policies, describes the diplomatic problems that arise from targeted killing. 

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The DSM and Mental Health in America

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This week, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual. Known as psychiatry's bible, the DSM provides mental health professionals with descriptions and diagnostic criteria for every recognized mental disorder. Dr. Allen Frances chaired the DSM IV Task Force. He is concerned about "a loosening of the diagnostic criteria" in mental health care.

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The IRS Scandal: Who Gets Tax-Exempt Status?

Friday, May 17, 2013

The IRS scandal continues to plague the Obama Administration. In part because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case, applications for tax-exempt status have increased dramatically over the past few years. Ken Gross, election law expert at and former counsel to the Federal Election Commission, explains the qualifications for tax-exempt status, and the political benefits.

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From 'Spinal Tap' to 'Family Tree,' the Wild Worlds of Christopher Guest

Friday, May 17, 2013

In 1984, Christopher Guest and collaborators Michael McKean, Rob Reiner and Harry Shearer unveiled "This Is Spinal Tap," a comedy shot in documentary form that follows the life and times of a fictional metal band. Today, television has fully embraced Guest's pioneering documentary style, and Guest himself has turned to the small screen, with his new HBO comedy, "Family Tree." 

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Sexual Assault in the Military: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Proposals for Change

Thursday, May 16, 2013

By removing the case from the chain of command, commanding officers with potential conflicts of interest would no longer be in charge of deciding whether a case should go to trial.

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Immigration, Race and Hair, Through Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Eyes

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The immigrant experience has long been part and parcel of the American literary tradition."Americanah," the new novel by celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, explores the immigrant experience through Nigerian eyes. Her story follows a young couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, high school sweethearts in Lagos who find very different paths to adulthood.

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U.S. Seizes A.P.'s Phone Records: Media Surveillance and the Law

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On May 7, 2012, the Associated Press published an article about a Yemen-based terror plot that was thwarted by the C.I.A. Around that time, the Justice Department began collecting the phone records of several A.P. reporters across the country, without the organization’s knowledge. Bob Garfield, co-host of On the Media, explores the fallout.

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Rep. Keith Ellison on Islamophobia and Home-Grown Terrorism

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In the wake of a Minnesota case in which nine Somali immigrants left the U.S. to fight with Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia, and the Boston bombing, Americans are re-thinking our understanding of home-grown terrorism. While Congressman Keith Ellison, Democrat from Minnesota’s fifth district, is certainly concerned about these recent cases, as the first Muslim representative elected to Congress, he also cautions against undue surveillance of Muslim communities.

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Cleveland's Puerto Rican Community Reacts to Kidnappings

Friday, May 10, 2013

As a member of Cleveland's Puerto Rican community, Arielle M. Rios distinctly remembers the day of Gina DeJesus's disappearance. She describes the community's reaction DeJesus's release, and learning that Ariel Castro, who hung a Puerto Rican flag on the porch of the home where he kept the three victims, is the lead suspect in this kidnapping case.

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The Drama and Lasting Influence of 'The Great Gatsby'

Friday, May 10, 2013

In anticipation of Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby” opening in theaters this weekend, novelists Chang-Rae Lee, Jeffrey Eugenides and Nell Freudenberger discuss the novel's influence on their writing and the difficulty of transferring Nick Carraway's voice to the big screen.

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The Evolution of Marijuana Culture

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in California. Today, we explore the different issues that weed legalization and use pose.

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Cleveland Alarmed After Abduction Case

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Cleveland is feeling a mix of emotions this week after the discovery and rescue of three young women who were kidnapped 9, 10, and 11 years ago and held captive in a residential home for years. The community is celebrating their safe return, but there are also questions and alarm. Connie Schultz, syndicated columnist and Cleveland resident, says the community is reeling.

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South Carolina Elects Ex-Governor Mark Sanford to Congress

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Only 4 years ago, former Governor Mark Sanford was embroiled in an ethics scandal stemming from his disappearance to visit his mistress in Argentina. But last night, all that seemed forgotten as he was elected to South Carolina's First Congressional District with a 10-percentage-point lead over the Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Brian Hicks, a political columnist for the Charleston Post and Courier, discusses the circumstances that led to Sanford's comeback.

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