Against Clemency for Snowden; The Role of the City Council Speaker; The Bisexual Label; War on Poverty Anniversary

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The NSA whistleblower and former agent of CIA & NSA, Edward Snowden. (Laura Poitras/Praxis Films/Shutterstock)

While some are calling for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to be granted clemency, Slate’s Fred Kaplan disagrees. He explains his position. Plus: The new City Council convenes to pick a new speaker today. Capital New York’s Sally Goldenberg reports on the race and the evolving powers of the speaker; the bisexuality label and changing attitudes toward bisexuality; Peniel Joseph, author, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, discusses poverty in the U.S. today, 50 years after President Johnson declared a war on poverty; and “because” – the American Dialect Society’s word of the year. 

Christie Aid Linked to GWB Lane Closures

A top Christie aide is linked to the lane closures that caused major traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J. New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz explains what happened and the implications for Chris Christie's political future. 

Check out the emails that exposed the link and more here.

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The Case Against Clemency for Snowden

Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist, author of The Insurgents, and the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses his recent Slate piece, "Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency."



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Council Speaker 101

The new city council convenes today and picks a speaker. Sally Goldenberg, senior reporter at Capital New York, talks about the race, and explains the speaker's powers and how they're changing.


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Don't Call Bisexuality a Fad

“Bisexuality and talking about it is important," says Brian Lehrer show caller Chemda, "so that people don’t see it as a party drug.”

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The 50th Anniversary of Johnson's War On Poverty

Peniel Joseph, professor of history, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author, discusses poverty today, 50 years after President Johnson famously declared a "war on poverty" in America.


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Because New

Ben Zimmer, chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and executive producer of and the Visual Thesaurus, discusses the American Dialect Society's choice for word of the year: the new twitter-based use of the word "because."


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