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Detroit--America’s largest city to file for bankruptcy--has not asked for a federal bailout.  But partisan forces are lining up on both sides. Should local officials-- there and in other failing cities and suburbs--take the fall—or have they been hit by slow-moving equivalents of natural disaster? The State Department has extended a travel advisory and the closing of US embassies in predominantly Muslim countries for the rest of this week. McClatchy Newspapers reports that it’s the result of “intercepted communications” containing “clear orders” for attacks by Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula. And on today's Talking Point, a survey of Amazon.com shows there are three times more books now available from the 1850’s than there are from the 1950’s. How is that possible?
 
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Today's Talking Point Does Copyrighting Books Make Them Vanish? 7 MIN, 59 SEC
A survey of Amazon.com shows there are three times more books now available from the 1850’s than there are from the 1950’s. How is that possible?

Guests:
Paul Heald, University of Illinois, College of Law

Main Topic Should Detroit be Left on its Own? 34 MIN, 59 SEC
Detroit has not asked for a federal bailout but, the issue is causing partisan squabbles in Washington anyway. For the moment, the city is on it’s own.

Guests:
John Pottow, University of Michigan
Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press (@SHendersonFreep)
Alison Acosta Fraser, Heritage Foundation
Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

Making News U.S. Extends Embassy Closures 7 MIN, 45 SEC
The State Department has extended a travel advisory and the closing of US embassies in predominantly Muslim countries for the rest of this week. McClatchy Newspapers reports that it’s the result of “intercepted communications” containing “clear orders” for attacks by Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.

Guests:
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)

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