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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Oscar Pistorius Oscar Pistorius (Karva Javi/flickr)

The Red Cross has declared the conflict in Syria a civil war. David Scheffer, director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University, explains why it matters and why the Red Cross holds so much weight. Plus: Glenn Reynolds, InstaPundit blogger, argues that there’s a higher education bubble like the housing bubble; a runner with prosthetic legs has been cleared to run in the Olympics – what does it mean for the future of competition?; and the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Red Cross Declares: Syria Conflict is Civil War

David Scheffer, law professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law and the author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, discusses the Red Cross announcement and what it means with regard to the Geneva Conventions, as well as the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court. Scheffer was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.

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DC Check-In: Disclose Act and Farm Bill

Yesterday the Senate failed to advance the DISCLOSE Act, which would have required more transparency in political donations. Niels Lesniewski, editor of CQ Senate Watch, looks at the vote, and another key piece of legislation which did pass the Senate - but may get held up in Congress - the Farm bill.

→ Read the Bills (PDF): DISCLOSE Act | Senate Farm Bill

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Rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge

Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino talk about the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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The Higher Education Bubble

Glenn Reynolds, law professor at the University of Tennessee, InstaPundit blogger and the author of The Higher Education Bubble, joins us to argue that the U.S. is currently experiencing a higher education bubble that mirrors the housing bubble and that college tuition costs have vastly outpaced inflation and family income.

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Prosthetics at the Olympics

Alena Grabowski, a researcher at the University of Colorado and the Department of Veterans Affairs, talks about the South African runner Oscar Pistorius (the Blade Runner), who will be competing in the Olympics using prosthetic legs—and what his participation means for the Olympics, sports and prosthetics.

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Stephen Covey and Leadership Lit

Stephen Covey, the author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, died yesterday. Heidi Grant Halvorson of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School, and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, discusses the impact of Covey's book, and the world of leadership and self-help advice. Are you a Covey fan? Did 7 Habits help you? What other leadership or self-help books have you used, and why? Let us know!

→ Read the 7 Habits Below

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