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It's often said that compromise gives something to everyone but leaves nobody happy. Case in point is the bipartisan effort to replace "No Child Left Behind" with a new, federal education reform called, "Every Child Succeeds." We hear where and how Republicans and Democrats agree to disagree.

Later on the program the despair and outrage of migrants trapped at the border between Greece and Macedonia now that Europe has changed the rules about who's allowed in and who's not.

Photo: Bob Cotter

Pentagon to Send Expeditionary Force to Iraq to Fight ISIS 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In the wake of the ISIS attacks on Paris, Defense Secretary Ash Carter today announced a new specialized expeditionary force for Iraq and possibly for Syria. "These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence and capture ISIL leaders. This force will also be in a position to conduct unilateral operations in Syria. That creates a virtuous cycle of better intelligence, which generates more targets, more raids, more momentum."

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies before the House Armed Services Committee
about US strategy for Syria and Iraq, December 1, 2015.
DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

Felicia Schwartz is security correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

Felicia Schwartz, Wall Street Journal (@felschwartz)

Is It Time to Reform Education Reform… Again? 32 MIN, 49 SEC

It could be a rare compromise in a sharply divided Congress. Democrats and Republicans want to get rid of No Child Left Behind. The likely replacement would be called Every Child Succeeds — with less standardized testing and more power to states and local districts. But, conservatives complain there’s still too much federal involvement; liberals worry the rights of low-income and minority students will be ignored. We hear details of efforts to thread the needle between teachers, advocates of school choice, civil libertarians and many other interested parties.

Mary Kusler, National Education Association (@MKusler)
Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post (@LyndseyLayton)
Janel George, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (@LDFJanel)
Rick Hess, American Enterprise Institute (@rickhess99)

Layton on opponents on the far right, left trying to scuttle the bipartisan bill

Outrage and Despair in Europe's Refugee Camps 10 MIN, 21 SEC

Iranians, Pakistanis and Moroccans are among those trapped in a migrant bottleneck since Europe abruptly changed the rules for admission. Until two weeks ago, anybody who survived the trip from Turkey up through Balkans was allowed to migrate the rest of the way into Europe. That’s still possible for refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. For everyone else, the door has been slammed shut on the border between Greece and Macedonia.

Photo by Camilla Q. Madsen

There, reporter Scott Carrier found a hellish camp, where he talked to a man from Iran. Scott Carrier is a contributor to This American Life and has won a Peabody Award for reports from the US-Mexican border. His podcast is called, Home of the Brave.    

Scott Carrier, Independent Producer

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