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Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The organizers of Sunday's contest for cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad specifically chose Garland, Texas, for their event. The Curtis Culwell Center also hosted a Muslim group's meeting in January.

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Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Texas Shooting

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with the Washington Post's Adam Goldman about the two men who opened fire in Garland, Texas, Sunday outside an exhibit of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

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Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

President Obama said Tuesday he will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest-ranking military officer.

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Ex-Guantanamo Prisoner In Canada Wants To Be Released On Bail

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Omar Khadr was sent to Guantanamo Bay prison when he was 15 years old. Now in prison in Canada, he is seeking bail while he appeals his war-crimes conviction. Ottawa wants him to stay put.

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Psychological Association Accused Of 'Complicity' In Bush-Era Torture

Saturday, May 02, 2015

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with James Risen of the New York Times about a new report alleging that the American Psychological Association helped justify prisoner torture.

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Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.

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House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill To Limit NSA Spying

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The House panel voted Thursday to advance a bill that would end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

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The Frightened Vietnamese Kid Who Became A U.S. Army General

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Forty years ago, Viet Luong was a 9-year-old Vietnamese boy fleeing Saigon with his family. Today he's the first Vietnamese-American general in the U.S. Army and is helping train the Afghan military.

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Wall Street Journal: FBI Facilitated Ransom Payment For Weinstein

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Adam Entous, a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, about his report on the FBI's role in arranging a ransom to al-Qaida to help free hostage Warren Weinstein.

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Morning Edition

GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One of President Obama's first promises in office was to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Congress, however, is trying to shut down the effort to empty the camp of all its inmates.

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President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

Monday, April 27, 2015

In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan.

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Hostage Deaths Call U.S. Drone Program Into Question

Friday, April 24, 2015

The unintended deaths of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike has reignited the debate over the tactic. President Obama said the program would be reviewed though it's not clear what that means.

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American Al-Qaida Member Killed In Strike Was Star Of Propaganda Videos

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The White House said Thursday that anti-terror operations inadvertently killed two American members of al-Qaida, Adam Gadahn and Ahmed Farouq, in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

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Obama Takes Full Responsibility For Death Of Hostages In U.S. Strike

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The White House disclosed that two hostages, including an American citizen, were killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida. It said that two al-Qaida leaders were also killed.

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U.S. Counterterrorism Operations Kill 2 Hostages Of Al-Qaida

Thursday, April 23, 2015

President Obama announced that a U.S. drone strike killed two hostages held by al-Qaida: one American and one Italian. Separate operations also killed two U.S. citizens who were members of al-Qaida.

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U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Two Americans who worked for al-Qaida were also killed in the counterterrorism operations in January, the White House said. The two hostages killed included an Italian who had been held since 2012.

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Congressional Battle Brews Over Bill To Extend NSA Data Collection

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A key provision in the USA Patriot Act that allows the NSA to collect and store bulk phone records is set to expire June 1. Senate GOP leaders are pushing to renew that provision for another 5 years.

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National Guard Members Struggle To Keep Civilian Careers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

National Guard soldiers live in two worlds: They can be deployed in a crisis, but must support themselves and their families with civilian jobs. That's made harder by the guard's unpredictable needs.

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Looming Budget Cuts Pit National Guard Against The Army

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In Washington state, a friendly family rivalry is taking place at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the National Guard and active Army lobby to protect their interests against deep budget cuts.

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ISIS' Peer-To-Peer Recruiting Style Concerns U.S. Authorities

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Federal authorities in Minnesota announced that six young Somali-Americans had been arrested for attempting to travel to Syria to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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