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The incoming administration announced another cabinet choice today: Doctor Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He's a retired neurosurgeon and former candidate for President until he gave his support to Donald Trump. Here's an excerpt from Carson on Fox News late last month. Emily Badger, who covers urban policy for "The Upshot" at the New York Times, says the choice was a surprise to many – and for many a cause for concern.
Secretary of State John Kerry said last year that Syria's Assad regime helped create ISIS — to distract the US by aiding alternative enemies in the region. Defectors from his regime now claim Assad has even attacked his own facilities — using agents he sent to infiltrate both Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Donald Trump insists that, “Syria is fighting ISIS,” hinting at closer US relations with Syria -- and with Russia, Assad's ally in bombing so-called “moderate” rebels. We look at the possible consequences of changing American policies in the Middle East, where nothing ever is what it seems to be.
Roy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran foreign correspondent (@roygutman)
Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma (@joshua_landis)
Suhayla Sibaai, Georgetown University (@SuhaylaAdelah)
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)
A victory — or not victory — in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
Native American "water protectors" celebrate that the Army Corps of Engineers
has denied an easement for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline
near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, December 4, 2016.
Yesterday the voices of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe and other protesters at Standing Rock were raised in victory after the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not permit completion of the Dakota Access pipeline. But last night, Energy Transfer Partners said it would resume construction anyway.
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Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
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