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NATO today joined the US in warning Syria that the use of chemical weapons against its people would be “completely unacceptable.” We’ll update signs of a new, military offensive and debate the pros and cons of increased US intervention.  Also, we re-visit a brutal crime via "The Central Park Five," and we'll talk about the latest offers w/ House Speaker Boehner regarding the Fiscal Cliff.  

Producers:
Anna Scott
Evan George
Lata Pandya

Reporter's Notebook Ken Burn's new documentary 'The Central Park Five' 18 MIN
Main Topic The Crisis in Syria and Possible US Involvement 30 MIN

Syria’s al-Assad regime has superior military resources, but it hasn’t been able to stop the assaults of rebel forces in the suburbs of the capitol city, Damascus. As Syria’s al-Assad regime looks increasingly desperate, the US and NATO are threatening “consequences” if it resorts to chemical weapons.  Intelligence agencies have reportedly noticed signs of action near chemical weapons sites, leading to a warning yesterday from President Obama. The shadow of Libya hovers over a possible increase in US involvement. As the crisis deepens, what are America’s options?         

Guests:
Anne Barnard, New York Times (@ABarnardNYT)
Eva Galperin, International Freedom of Expression Coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (@evacide)
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)
Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars (@aarondmiller2)

Making News Conservatives Revolt As Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Stall 12 MIN

A bipartisan group of governors visited the White House today as the President looks for leverage in avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” He’s been exchanging offers with House Speaker Boehner, but can Boehner keepTea-Party Republicans in line?

Guests:
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)

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