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Thursday, December 15, 2011

All troops are returning from Iraq by the end of the month. Tom Tarantino, Iraq war veteran and senior legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), discusses how many troops are returning, how many will be re-deployed elsewhere, and what transitioning to civilian life will be like for new veterans. Plus: Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey defends the NYPD intelligence division against accusations of entrapment; the effort to extend the statute of limitations for sexual abuse in light of the Syracuse case; how doctors are affected by Medicare changes; and whether selling Metrocard swipes should be considered larceny.

Troops Coming Home From Iraq

Tom Tarantino, Iraq veteran and senior legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), discusses what's next for the returning troops. Washington bureau reporter for Stars and Stripes, Leo Shane III, joins the conversation. 

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Limits of Justice

Marci Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children, discusses efforts to extend the statutes of limitations for sexual abuse in New York State, in the wake of allegations at Syracuse University.

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Metrocard Swipes and Larceny

Michael Grynbaum, transportation reporter for The New York Times, discusses a recent court decision about selling unlimited Metrocard swipes, which ruled that it does not fit the definition of larceny.

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Medicare Fixes

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review and past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists, talks about how changes to Medicare are affecting doctors and patients.

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To the NYPD's Defense

Michael Mukasey, former U.S. Attorney General (2007-2009) and partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, praises and defends the NYPD intelligence division against accusations of entrapment in a recent Daily News op-ed.

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Open Phones: Can You Trust a Cheater?

Fidelity came up in election politics this week. We are opening the phones and asking, can you trust people professionally if you know that they are cheating on their partners? Let us know what you think: 212-433-9692.

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"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's Word of The Year. What's Yours?

Merriam-Webster has chosen "pragmatic" as their word of the year. The dictionary saw a spike in searches for the word in the run-up to the debt ceiling negotiations and again during deficit negotiations this Fall.

»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it below and tell us why! Or tweet us @brianlehrer using the tag #blword.

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