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The New START treaty with Russia would reduce nuclear weapons and renew inspections of both sides. So why did Republicans become so divided over Senate ratification? We hear the pros and cons.  Also, the repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' caps a winning lame-duck session for President Obama. On Reporter's Notebook, UConn Breaks a Record…or does it?

Banner image: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks with reporters before walking onto the Senate floor during debate on the START treaty December 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Bomb Scare

Joseph Cirincione

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis
Julia Flucht

Main Topic Nuclear Weapons and the Politics of National Security 36 MIN, 3 SEC

Senate ratification of the New START treaty with Russia looked like a shoo-in but, after Republicans raised objections, debate went down to the wire. The Pentagon's top brass and Republican cold warriors said it would make America safer, but Senate GOP leaders and other confirmed hawks disagreed. Did the President cave in to Russian demands? What about missile defense? Why were short-range battlefield weapons left out? Will another victory in the lame-duck session advance the cause of a world without nuclear weapons or solidify opposition to the President's vision?

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Richard Perle, former Assistant Secretary of Defense
Joseph Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund (@Cirincione)
Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy magazine (@joshrogin)

Making News Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Caps a Winning Lame-Duck Session for Obama 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Last week, it was the tax deal. This morning, it was repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, as President Obama signed a campaign promise into law, cheered by a big crowd of gay rights leaders. Though the old policy will remain in effect pending the military's readiness to implement the repeal, Obama stressed, "We are not going to be dragging our feet to get this done." Richard Wolffe is a correspondent for MSNBC and author of Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House.

Guests:
Richard Wolffe, Correspondent, MSNBC

Revival

Richard Wolffe

Reporter's Notebook Women's Basketball Makes History 6 MIN, 58 SEC

Maya Moore is the star player for the University of Connecticut Huskies. Last night, she scored 41 points in a 93-62 victory. It was the team's 89th victory, one more than the men's team at UCLA won in the early 1970's. While some sportswriters are saying they should not be compared, long-time ESPN women's basketball columnist Michelle Voepel offers a dissenting view.

Guests:
Mechelle Voepel, Columnist, ESPN.com

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