Getting Prepped

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U.S. President Barack Obama talks to retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander, during a meeting with cabinet members to discuss the administration's response to oil spill.

Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen discusses his new post-Sandy role as the co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Respond Commission, charged with making sure New York State is prepared for future weather disasters—and what he learned from having led the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Plus: Emily Bazelon of Slate discusses the same-sex marriage cases that could go before the Supreme Court; overlooked international news stories; the argument for higher wages for retail workers; and new inductees to the People’s Hall of Fame.