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Afghan President Makes First Official Visit To Washington

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani comes to Washington looking for help getting through this year's fighting season. With American attention shifting to other conflicts, that could be a tough sell.

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Gen. Allen: Iran's Involvement Complicates Anti-ISIS Effort

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Host Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Teri Schultz about her exclusive interview with Gen. John Allen, the man charged with U.S. efforts to counter the self-described Islamic State.

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Judge Rules U.S. Must Release Photos Of Prisoner Abuse In Iraq, Afghanistan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The ACLU has fought for years for the release of photos documenting abuse in prisons like Abu Ghraib. The government argues releasing the photos would pose a threat to American military.

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2 Men Convicted In Canada In 2013 Train Derailment Plot

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were found guilty on terrorism-related charges for a plan to derail a passenger train traveling from New York to Toronto.

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Kerry Cites Progress In Iran Talks, Saying Deal Is Possible

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The secretary of state says all sides appear to be getting closer to an agreement, although he acknowledges remaining differences.

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Expert: Iran Has Territorial Ambitions

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The U.S. and its international partners continue nuclear negotiations with Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Yale professor Stephen Carter about Iran's position in the Middle East.

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Morning Edition

As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

Thursday, March 19, 2015

As part of an experiment, the men and women of a Marine armor unit are being assessed on difficult physical tasks, such as hooking up heavy towing gear. The women are keeping up, but it's a struggle.

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U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged With Trying To Aid ISIS

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh faces charges of attempting to join the self-described Islamic State and obstruction of justice. He is expected to plead not guilty.

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Tweets: Under Pressure — Service Director Testifies

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy takes to Capitol Hill and faces tough questions about the agency's latest scandal.

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Morning Edition

In Intense Desert Training, Dozens Of Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Marines are being tested in California's Mojave Desert to see if they have what it takes to serve in infantry units. Injuries in earlier training kept another dozen women from getting that far.

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War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Monday, March 16, 2015

A little-known division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has helped track down people who committed atrocities in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia and El Salvador.

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All Things Considered

Most Americans' Behavior Unchanged After Snowden Revelations, Study Finds

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Pew Research Center study finds that while most are aware of government surveillance programs after Edward Snowden's revelations, many have not changed their behavior to protect their privacy.

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All Things Considered

An 'Upstream' Battle As Wikimedia Challenges NSA Surveillance

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A law professor and expert on national security law sheds some light on the lawsuit by Wikipedia's parent company against the National Security Agency.

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Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The U.S. is about to start training moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants. But Obama's plan for fighting ISIS is mute on protecting that force against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

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CIA Chief Says Governing Is Too Big A Job For ISIS

Friday, March 13, 2015

Director John Brennan sees discord within the group, despite its great success at attracting new fighters.

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All Things Considered

As Clinton Defends Email Policy, Department IG Finds Flaws

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account is raising eyebrows, while a new report says just a tiny fraction of a percent of all emails are being preserved.

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Taking U.S. Politics Beyond 'The Water's Edge'

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For generations, Congress has deferred to presidents when it comes to foreign policy. The concept was tossed out in the past week as Republicans reached out to foreign leaders, one an ally, one a foe.

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Report: Recent Guantanamo Releases Less Likely To Reengage In Terrorism

Friday, March 06, 2015

The data show former detainees a bit more likely to join insurgents than they were six months earlier. But the most recently-released are less likely to do so.

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Snowden: Asylum In Switzerland A 'Great Political Option'

Friday, March 06, 2015

The NSA leaker, living in exile in Russia, made the remark while speaking via video link to an audience in Geneva.

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Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle In Tikrit

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Iraqi army forces, Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga are battling to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State extremists.

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