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Photo: President Barack Obama looks at the Nobel Peace Prize medal at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Turkish ground troops launch offensive in Syria 6 MIN, 32 SEC

Turkey today escalated its fight against ISIS by sending tanks, warplanes and special operations forces into the Syrian town of Jarabulus. American airplanes joined the operation. But the US is caught between two allies. The coalition it backs includes Kurdish elements that are anathema to Turkey’s President Erdoğan. Dion Nissenbaum, who is based in Istanbul for the Wall Street Journal, has more on the geopolitics involved.

Dion Nissenbaum, Wall Street Journal (@DionNissenbaum)

Barack Obama's nuclear legacy 36 MIN, 49 SEC

In 1945, the US became the first nation to use a nuclear weapon when it dropped bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, no other country has followed suit. But the threat of nuclear catastrophe hangs over the world as others build up their arsenals. In the early months of his first term as President Obama promised, "The United States will take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons. To put an end to Cold War thinking, we will reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same." That speech earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. But, in the last days of his second term, he's continuing to modernize America's arsenal — and approving a so-called "smart bomb" — potentially more usable than ever. Isn't it reasonable to ask, why?"

Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View (@joshrogin)
Len Ackland, University of Colorado at Boulder
John Noonan, national security commentator and analyst (@noonanjo)
Michael Krepon, Henry L. Stimson Center (@StimsonCenter)

Rogin on US allies uniting to block Obama's nuclear legacy
Ackland on the US' first "smart" nuclear bomb getting the green light
Krepon on nuclear orthodoxy after Trump, the real requirements of deterrence
Noonan on why Trump can't be trusted with the nuclear codes
Alex Wellerstein's NUKEMAP

Grad students get the right to unionize at private universities 6 MIN, 45 SEC

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board overturned a 12-year old ruling that graduate teaching assistants are not employees but students advancing their own education. Now, says the NLRB, they are both students and employees — and they have the right to form unions.

Photo by Urban~commonswiki

That's a big win for organized labor's campaigns in the Ivy League and across the country, according to Noam Scheiber, labor and workplace reporter for the New York Times.

Noam Scheiber, New York Times (@noamscheiber)

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