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Tensions are escalating between Syria and Turkey, and the NATO Alliance is taking sides. Will that mean international military action against Syria's Assad regime?  What are the risks and the benefits for the Syrian people and the prospects for regional conflict? Also, fires across Colorado may burn for some time, and conservatives used to argue that full disclosure of campaign contributions would prevent corruption.  Now they're making a pitch for secrecy.

Banner image: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks following the North Atlantic Council meeting on the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft by Syria, June 26, 2012. © NATO

Making News Fires Across Colorado May Burn for Some Time 7 MIN, 8 SEC

Eight wildfires are burning out of control in Colorado and some may last until Fall. It's the result of a "perfect storm" of weather conditions and insect infestations that hasn't been seen before. That's according to Douglas Rideout, Professor of Forest Economics and Director of the WESTFIRE Research Center at Colorado State University.

Douglas Rideout, Colorado State University

Main Topic NATO and Syria: The Military Option 32 MIN, 53 SEC

At today's meeting in Brussels, the leaders of the NATO alliance denounced Syria for shooting down a Turkish jet fighter. Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan threatened Syria with retaliation and warned against any military approach to the Turkish border. It is the first time that the North Atlantic Conference has opened the door to international military action against Syria's brutal repression of its own people. Would NATO involvement help the Syrian people or just lead to more violence? Would the diplomatic alternative mean sitting down at the table -- not just with Russia, but also Iran?

Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)
Salman Shaikh, Brookings Doha Center (@Salman_Shaikh1)
Soli Ozel, Kadir Has University (@soliozel2)
Asli Bali, UCLA School of Law
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)

In the Lion's Den

Andrew Tabler

Reporter's Notebook Political Groups Fight to Shroud Super PAC Donors 10 MIN, 28 SEC

Conservatives have waged a long battle against restrictions on campaign finance, claiming that there would be no corruption if voters knew where the money was coming from. Now that they've won their battle in the US Supreme Court, they've changed their tune. In a recent speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced concern that if the names of high-profile political donors were made public, contributors could face bullying and harassment from liberals out to "muzzle" free speech. The Wall Street Journal has warned that corporations might face boycotts and picket lines if their names are revealed.


Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times (@melmason)
Trevor Potter, Campaign Legal Center

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