Replacing Holbrooke

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The death of diplomat Richard Holbrooke has left a void during a vital time in U.S. relations with Afghanistan.  Steve Clemons, the director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, previews the speech on Afghanistan that President Obama will give Thursday and reflects on moving forward after Holbrooke.  Plus: what WikiLeaks reveled about Pfizer in Nigeria; the prevalence of political euphemisms; and some early previews on what might be in the 2010 census data due to be released next week.

Assessing Afghanistan After Holbrooke

President Obama is speaking about the latest assessment of the war in Afghanistan on Thursday.  Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the man behind the popular political blog The Washington Note, previews the report and discusses how the death of Richard Holbrooke will affect US policy in Afghanistan.

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Weiner on the Tax Compromise

Congressman Anthony Weiner weighs in on the compromise between President Obama and the Republican leadership on the Bush tax cuts.

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Political Euphemisms

Ralph Keyes, author of many books including the new Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms, talks about the prevalence of euphemisms in our culture—particularly when talking politics.

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WikiLeaks Africa

Elizabeth Dickinson, assistant managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and former Nigeria correspondent for the Economist, talks about what the WikiLeaks cables have revealed about Nigeria and Sudan.

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Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, chief sponsor of the medical cannabis legislation currently before the state Senate, discusses Governor Chris Christie's revisions to the law that would mandate stricter regulation of medical marijuana.

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The Worst Commute

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for the New York Times, looks at the new census data that shows that the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have the country's longest commute, among other revealing data.

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