Benghazi Hearing; Sequestration Cuts; Albany Corruption; The Worst Nurse

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the American consulate compound in Benghazi late on September 11, 2012. (Getty)

There was another hearing yesterday on the Benghazi attack last year. We'll discuss the implications. Plus: yet another corruption case in Albany begs the question about what kind of reforms are needed and if prosecutors should have more or less leeway; sequestration impacts; and journalist Charles Graeber tells the story of The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder.

The Case Against Intervention in Syria

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, discusses what we learned at yesterday's hearings on Benghazi, and why she believes the situation in Syria needs diplomacy, not military intervention.

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The Sequester's Real: Head Start

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Office of Head Start, explains how sequestration cuts are affecting the program and the children enrolled in it.

→ Reading List: FAQ on Sequester ImpactRoundup of Media Coverage (By State)

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Reform in Albany?

As the wire taps yield more unsavory stories from Albany, Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement and director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, and author of The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics, talks about the chances of reform, but also asks if prosecutors have too much leeway.

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Following Up: Activists on the East Ramapo School Cuts

A group of concerned parents and students say that decisions made by the East Ramapo School Board are not in the best interest of most students. Peggy Hatton, co-host of East Ramapo Underground, a radio program broadcast on AM 1300, talks about the Rockland County controversy. And Olivia Castor, Spring Valley high school senior and leader of the East Ramapo Student Coalition, talks about her school experience and what budget cuts mean inside the school.


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The Worst Nurse

Charles Graeber, journalist and author of the new book The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, tells the story of homicidal nurse Charlie Cullen, and how he slipped through regulatory cracks.

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Open Phones: Best and Worst Advice from Mom

What is the best piece of advice your mom has ever given you--and what's the worst?

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