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Hillary Rodham Clinton is now the acknowledged front-runner on the Democratic side.  We hear how that creates its own set of problems?  Why are Republicans rubbing their hands? Also, Turkey considers going after separist Kurds in Iraq, and the US Supreme Court turns down a case of "extraordinary rendition."

Katie Cooper
Dan Konecky

Making News Turkey Considers a Raid into Northern Iraq 6 MIN

In the past three days, 15 Turkish troops have been ambushed and killed near the Iraq border—reportedly by the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group.  Today, Turkey's government said it has started to plan a military operation into Iraq to chase after the PKK.  Semih Idiz is columnist for Milliyet, one of Turkey's major newspapers

Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse (@semihidiz)

Main Topic Hillary Clinton and the Price of Inevitability 34 MIN, 57 SEC

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has begun a bus tour she calls the "Middle Class Express" to tell voters she cares abut hard-working Americans. Meantime, conventional wisdom has shifted in her direction and the acknowledgement that she's overcome years of personal scrutiny. The Boston Globe reports that New Hampshire voters are "warming unexpectedly to Clinton."  She's leading in the latest Iowa poll. Today's New York Times calls here the "presumptive Democratic presidential nominee." But as her lead grows in fund raising and Democratic public opinion polls, some Republicans are rubbing their hands. With the Iowa caucuses still three months away, does being the acknowledged front-runner create a new set of vulnerabilities? Have those old, negative images been erased forever?

Mark Halperin, Bloomberg Politics / Showtime's 'The Circus' (@markhalperin)
Andrew Sullivan, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Kim Gandy, National Network to End Domestic Violence (@Kim_Gandy)
Peverill Squire, Political Scientist, University of Iowa
Jennifer Donahue, Senior Advisor, New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Reporter's Notebook Supreme Court Says No to el-Masri Case 8 MIN, 6 SEC

The case of Khaled el-Masri is the most extensively documented case of what's called "extraordinary rendition." The CIA is accused of seizing terrorists and transporting them to countries known to use torture in their interrogations. When it refused to take el-Masri's case, the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals said, "We recognize the gravity of our conclusions." It explained that the case "pits the judiciary's search for truth against the executive's duty to maintain the nation's security."  Today the US Supreme Court turned down el-Masri's appeal. Dahlia Lithwick is senior editor at Slate and a contributor to NPR's Day to Day.


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