Politics Roundup; Library Resources; Inside Counterterrorism

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, rounds up the political news from Washington, including immigration reform and the surveillance tactics employed by the NSA. Plus: your local library may have more resources than you thought for both job hunters and entrepreneurs; Philip Mudd, formerly of the CIA and FBI and now research fellow at the New America Foundation, talks about how federal agencies worked together on counterterrorism over the last decade; and the Supreme Court is nearing its deadline to decide major cases – we’ll open the phones to get your analysis and reaction.

Monday Morning Politics: Snowden, Surveillance, and Border Security

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is reportedly headed for asylum in Ecuador (via Cuba). Meanwhile, the conversation over the impact of the surveillance tactics employed by the US government continues, including a heated exchange over the role of journalists on Meet the Press yesterday (see video below). Plus: an immigration bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate this week, but the arguing over border security provisions may hold up its passage or stall it in the House. Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, discusses the latest news out of Washington.

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Libraries and Business

Kristin McDonough, director of the NYPL's Science, Industry and Business LibraryRobyn Saunders, career coach at the Career and Education Information Service at the Bronx Library Center, and Jesse Montero, coordinator of Information Services at the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library and manager of their Information Commons, talk about the library-based resources for job seekers and entrepreneurs and answer listener questions.

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Inside Counterterrorism

Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the Counterterrorism Center at the CIA and of the national security branch of the FBI, current research fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda, talks about how the White House, the State Department and the national security agencies worked together.

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Supreme Court Rules on Fisher vs. U-Texas: Back to Lower Court

This morning, the Supreme Court announced opinions on a few key cases, including:

  • In the affirmative action case Fisher vs. University of Texas, the court will send the case back to a lower court. SCOTUSBlog reports that this indicates "the majority seems to reaffirm that diversity is a compelling interest if only because that rule was not challenged by the plaintiffs in the case."
  • The court announced that it will hear a case this Fall about the constitutionality of President Obama's recess appointments.
  • Several pro-business rulings on the scope of the Civil Rights Act when it comes to workplace harassment.

We discuss the rulings and the impact with University of Chicago's Geoffrey Stone.

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