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Can businesses refuse service to gays and lesbians if it violates their owners' religious freedoms or is that outright discrimination? Can valuable new rights be protected without infringing on cherished old rights? We look at those questions. Also, Russians move into Crimea as diplomacy continues, and the deepening mystery over that missing airplane in Asia.

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Russians Move into Crimea as Diplomacy Continues 7 MIN, 37 SEC

Russia accuses Ukraine's new pro-western government of causing "chaos" in the eastern part of the country, and pro-Russian forces stormed a number of Ukrainian military bases in the Crimean Peninsula. The crisis is deepening. Andrew Kuchins is Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  His most recent book is The Russia Balance Sheet.

Andrew Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@CSISRussia)

The Russia Balance Sheet

Anders Aslund

The Clash of Religious Freedom and Civil Rights 34 MIN, 25 SEC

Arizona's Senate Bill 1062 did not give businesses the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but it did say they could use religious belief as a defense if they were sued for refusing service. In any case, the issue has not disappeared since Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the measures under heavy pressure from businesses and gay rights groups. As more and more states recognize the right to same-sex marriage, some religious conservatives are finding ways to fight back. Photographers, bakers and florists have claimed they can't participate in same-sex weddings without violating their religious beliefs. Is that outright discrimination or an exercise of the First Amendment? Can hotels, restaurants or other public businesses do the same thing? We hear how the Religious Freedom Movement is making waves from Arizona and other states to the US Supreme Court.

Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post national affairs correspondent (@eilperin)
John Eastman, National Organization for Marriage (@Chapman_Law)
Rob Boston, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (@americansunited)
Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia (@UVALaw)
Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker magazine / CNN (@JeffreyToobin)

Americans United Applauds Arizona Governor's Veto Of Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Bill
Boston's 'Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do'
Eilperin on conservatives' vow to fight for religious liberties after Brewer's veto of gay discrimination bill
Eilperin on states that have heightened protections for religious freedom
Hobby Lobby case, TtP feature on
Laycock's 'Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts'
Mike Lee's (R-UT) 'Marriage and Religious Freedom Act'
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court
Toobin on Arizona's anti-gay law and the Hobby Lobby case

Taking Liberties

Robert Boston

Why Can't We Find the Malaysia Airlines Flight? 8 MIN, 45 SEC

The oil slicks don't match; the flotsam found in the water doesn't connect; the stolen passports could be just a coincidence. Forty ships and 34 aircraft from nine countries have not turned up any evidence. There's no clue as to what happened to Asiana Airlines Flight 214 with 239 people on board. With all the radar, sonar and satellite signals involved in modern air traffic control, how could the plane have disappeared? Thomas Anthony is Director of the Aviation Safety and Security Program at the University of Southern California.

Thomas Anthony, University of Southern California (@USCViterb)

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