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The verdicts are in.  Army Colonel Denise Lind, the judge in Bradley Manning’s court martial ruled today that Manning did not “aid the enemy” when he gave 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks while he was an intelligence analyst stationed in Iraq.  But he was found guilty of other, very serious charges. President Obama and Vice President Biden met today with negotiators for Israel and the Palestinians.  Secretary of State John Kerry said they’ve agreed to tackle all the so-called “final status” issues. And on today's Talking Point, when NPR’s “Weekend Edition” host Scot Simon began tweeting about his mother’s process of dying, his messages were shared by a wider and wider audience—on talk shows, in magazines and elsewhere on the Internet.  What’s the broader message—about Americans’ ability to share our grief.  Back in a moment with “To the Point.”  

Banner image: Private First Class Bradley Manning (C), 25, is escorted out of court after closing arguments in his military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland July 25, 2013. James Lawler Duggan/REUTERS

Today's Talking Point Live-Tweeting a Loved One’s Death 7 MIN, 19 SEC

NPR’s “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon touched a chord beyond his own followers when he tweeted about his mother as she was dying in a hospital.  Are social media platforms making it easier to confront the inevitable?  

Guests:
Meghan O’Rourke, author, "The Long Goodbye" (@meghanor)

Making News Kerry Announces New Round of Formal Mid East Peace Talks 7 MIN, 29 SEC

President Obama and Vice President Biden met today with negotiators for Israel and the Palestinians.  Secretary of State John Kerry said they’ve agreed to tackle all the so-called “final status” issues.

Guests:
Anne Gearan, Washington Post (@agearan)

Main Topic Bradley Manning Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy 35 MIN, 38 SEC

After Pfc. Bradley Manning confessed to releasing 700,000 classified documents, he was charged with “aiding the enemy.” Today, a military court judge found him not guilty of that crime but guilty of espionage.  What are the consequences for Bradley Manning, government secrecy and investigative reporting?       

Guests:
Greg Mitchell, The Nation (@GregMitch)
Elizabeth Goitein, New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice
David Rivkin, writer and attorney (@DavidRivkin)
Jesselyn Radack, Government Accountability Project (@JesselynRadack)

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