Afghanistan on Track?

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Sgt. Richard A. Darvial and Spc. Corey C. Canterbury fire a mortar in eastern Afghanistan Dec. 11. (Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, U.S. Army)

Despite concerns about the stability of the progress, the Obama Administration’s report assessing the war in Afghanistan says that the U.S. is on pace for troops to begin pulling out in June. NPR’s national security correspondent Rachel Martin digs in to the report.  Plus: Former NY Senator James L. Buckley on his new book Freedom is at Risk; and Follow Up Friday looks negotiating with terrorists and mandatory gun ownership.

Why the Fed is Sticking with Quantitative Easing

Jon Hilsenrath, chief economics correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, talks about Federal Reserve policy regarding quantitative easing, its effects on inflation, and why the Fed remains optimistic about economic recovery.

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Following Up: Hostages and Gun Mandate

It's not just Friday, it's Follow-Up-Friday! Maki Haberfeld, professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on President Obama's analogy between negotiating the tax bill and negotiating with hostages. Then, Mark Graber, a Professor of Law and Government at the University of Maryland, and Slate author Jeremy Singer-Vine  follow up on a caller's claim that there was once a period in American history in which citizens were legally obligated to own guns.

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Khodorkovsky's Trial

David Remnick, New Yorker editor and the author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, discusses the trial of jailed Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once the country's richest man, and talks about the notion of an independent judiciary in Russia.

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Freedom at Risk

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Over the course of his long political career, James L. Buckley has worn many different hats: he's been New York's U.S. Senator, an Under Secretary of State for Ronald Reagan, the president of Radio Free Europe, and a federal appellate judge. He discusses his new book, Freedom at Risk, in which he reflects on what he calls the "intrusive" growth of the federal government.

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Afghanistan Assessment

NPR national security correspondent Rachel Martin reviews the Obama administration's assessment of the war in Afghanistan.

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Open Phones: Holiday Market

Calling all small business and local store owners: Help out last-weekend-before-Christmas shoppers by plugging your wares on the air.

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