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A constitutional amendment giving equal rights to women was almost ratified 25 years. Is it time for a revival? With Nancy Pelosi as the first female House Speaker, the Equal Rights Amendment is back under another name. Has its time come 'round at last or would women lose as much as they gained? Also, the TSA tightens up security over the holiday weekend and, on Reporter's Notebook, after four years of war in Iraq, the President still has not called for national sacrifice. We talk about public service as an American tradition.


Note: This archived edition To the Point will be pre-empted by special holiday programming.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Making News TSA Boosts Security after UK Car Bombs 6 MIN, 25 SEC

The Transportation Safety Administration has increased security for the Fourth of July with armed officers and dogs in airports, subways and bus stops. They've been a feature of holidays and special events since September 11, but the TSA concedes that the aborted car bombs in the United Kingdom have had an impact. Bryan Bender is national security reporter for the Boston Globe.

Guests:
Bryan Bender, Boston Globe (@GlobeBender)

Reporter's Notebook Will No One Sound the Bugle Call? 9 MIN, 22 SEC

A soldier's day once was regulated by bugle calls. "Answer the bugle call" came to describe citizens responding to a national threat. President John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."  But after four years of war in Iraq, the bugle call has not sounded. That's according to John McCausland, a retired Army colonel who served in the first Gulf War. He's now senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and visiting Professor of Law at Penn State.

Guests:
Jeff McCausland, Retired Army colonel

Main Topic An Old Controversy Gets a New Name 33 MIN, 19 SEC

On this 4th of July, a lot of people may think that equal rights for women are part of the Constitution. They are not. The drive for women's equality under the law began in 1923, three years after the granting of women's suffrage.  In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment by the required two thirds of both houses.  But in the next ten years, it gathered just 35 of the 38 states it also needed, failing to meet a deadline set by the Congress.  With Nancy Pelosi now the first female House Speaker in history, the ERA is back under a new name. The key sentence: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." On this archived edition of To the Point, does an idea as old as women's suffrage finally have a chance?  Would women lose as much as they might gain?

Guests:
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation
Phyllis Schlafly, President of the Eagle Forum
Idella Moore, Executive officer of 4ERA.org
Wendy Kaminer, Atlantic

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