JFK 50 Years Later; Filibuster in the Senate; US Future in Afghanistan

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Friday, November 22, 2013

U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signs the order of naval blockade of Cuba, on October 24, 1962 in White House, Washington DC, during the Cuban missiles crisis. (AFP/Getty Images)

On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, we hear from historian Peniel Joseph and journalism Marvin Kalb about what the moment meant for politics, civil rights and our sense of safety – and we’ll take your calls. Plus: the latest on the negotiations in Afghanistan; and the filibuster news from the US Senate.

New Rules: Majority Rules

The Senate has voted on the "nuclear option" and changed the rules for how executive-level appointees and most judges get approved. Bob Cusak, managing editor for The Hill, discusses the change and what precedent it sets for future Senate work.

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Will US Forces Withdraw from Afghanistan?

This week, John Kerry announced that a security pact between the US and Afghanistan had been agreed upon. But in a surprise announcement just a day later, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the pact would not be signed until after Afghanistan’s presidential elections in April 2014, leaving the US military’s future presence in the country unclear. NPR’s international correspondent Sean Carberry in Kabul, and David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power discuss the possible deal, which allowed troops to stay in Afghanistan until 2024 -- although the President has long promised 2014 would be the deadline.

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Where Were You When You Heard JFK Was Shot?

Where were you fifty years ago today? How did you change after the assassination of John F. Kennedy? How did you see our country change?

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