Politics

1:26pm

Fri January 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Gen. Dempsey: Better To Get Others To Solve Their Own Problems

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talking to U.S. military personnel in Tokyo last April.
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  • Gen. Martin Dempsey on the situation in Iraq
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On Morning Edition, NPR's Tom Bowman profiled Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dempsey, as Tom reported, says the U.S. public, and even its leaders, know little about how military power can be used. The disconnect is most glaring when comes to this: What can the U.S. military achieve in places like Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria?

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11:09am

Fri January 17, 2014
Barbershop

Is Obama's Jobs 'Crusade' Focused?

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:56 am

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10:34am

Fri January 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Calls For Limits On NSA's Collection Of Phone Data

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:20 pm

President Obama speaks about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques during a speech Friday at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
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Saying that "critics are right to point out that without proper safeguards, this type of program could be used to yield more information about our private lives," President Obama said Friday that he wants the National Security Agency to stop holding on to massive amounts of "metadata" about the phone calls and electronic communications of millions of people around the world.

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9:12am

Fri January 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 4:17 pm

Before the voter ID law was put on hold, this Penndot Drivers License Center in Butler, Pa., displayed signs promoting the requirement for voters to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls.
Keith Srakocic AP

Ruling that "voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election" and that Pennsylvania's "Voter ID Law does not further this goal," a state judge on Friday struck down that controversial statute.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley's ruling is posted here.

The Associated Press writes that:

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7:20am

Fri January 17, 2014
The Salt

Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 8:07 am

Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests.
Jacques Brinon AP

When a federal ban on slaughtering horses to produce horse meat was lifted several years back, ranchers including Rick De Los Santos, a New Mexico rancher and owner of Valley Meat Co., stepped up to start operations with an aim to export the meat.

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