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The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has called free-enterprise capitalism "a new tyranny" and called for new focus on serving the poor. We hear different views on what Pope Francis means about politics, economics and religion. Also, what's next for the beleaguered NSA surveillance program? On today's Talking Point, major drug company GlaxoSmithKline says it won't pay doctors to promote its products any more. Will the rest of Big pharma follow suit?

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Making News What's Next for the Beleaguered NSA Surveillance Program 8 MIN, 20 SEC

A federal judge came down hard yesterday on the National Security Agency's collection of billions of Americans' telephone records, calling it a likely violation of the Constitution.  But Judge Richard Leon stayed his own injunction against the NSA, setting off what's likely to be a long debate about the law and national security. That's the specialty of Professor Stephen Vladeck at American University Law School.

Stephen Vladeck, University of Texas at Austin (@steve_vladeck)

Main Topic Pope Francis: God and Money 36 MIN, 5 SEC

The new Roman Catholic Pontiff shared his 77th birthday today with homeless people, one of whom brought his dog inside the Vatican. It was a visual example of Pope Francis' informality and modest lifestyle, in contrast to what he has called the "idolatry of money." In a recent statement he said, "It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare." This weekend, he denied right-wing accusations that he's a Marxist, while defending his criticism of capitalism and his focus on serving the poor. Is one of the world's most influential leaders pitting his church against the free market?  Is he inserting religion into the realm of politics, or emphasizing the teachings of Jesus Christ, who warned against trying to serve both God and money?

Mark Silk, Trinity College (@directorsilk)
Chris Lowney, one-time Jesuit seminarian (@chrislowney)
Jerry Muller, Catholic University of America
Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside (@rezaaslan‎)

Pope Francis

Chris Lowney

Today's Talking Point Glaxo Will No Longer Pay Doctors to Promote Its Drugs 7 MIN, 13 SEC

It's been standard practice for drug companies to pay doctors for promoting their products in speaking engagements and elsewhere, making some doctors rich but raising ethical questions. Now GlaxoSmithKline says it won't do that any more. But today's announcement from the sixth largest drug company -- maker of Advair, Lovaza and other products -- may be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. That's according to Charles Ornstein, senior reporter at ProPublica and past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica (@charlesornstein)

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