Geithner Responds to George Steinbrenner Estate Tax Lapse United States Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sits down for a conversation with attendees of the Monitor Breakfast about the Obama administration's 2011 legislative priorities for the financial sector. In this segment he responds to some questions regarding George Steinbrenner estate tax lapse.
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Nuclear Iran and Mideast Proliferation Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund, says the real threat a nuclear Iran poses to the United States is the cascading proliferation that would occur among other Middle East nations.
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Rethinking the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Reza Aslan discusses the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, arguing the clash is not based on identity or religion, but rather on land and resources. Aslan says a two-state solution is likely impossible, and diplomatic efforts should be focused on negotiating a one-state solution that provides Palestinian autonomy.
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David Boies on Possible Supreme Court Ruling on Prop. 8 Lawyer David Boies, one of the head litigators in the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger "gay marriage" case, weighs in on how he thinks the Supreme Court will rule if the recent victory overturning California's Proposition 8 is appealed. "We are not taking any justice for granted on this issue," he says.
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Thomas Sowell on Nuclear Iran and the Point of No Return Thomas Sowell, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, criticizes President Obama's stance on Iran. He argues that the military option needs to be on the table, and calls Obama's policies "elaborate ways of doing nothing."
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Sen. Barbara Boxer on Attempts for Climate Change Legislation Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, Senator Boxer is now preparing for a tough race against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee, Boxer is the only U.S. senator to chair two committees. She also serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as well as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Senato
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Sen. Boxer Advocates for Afghanistan Exit Strategy California Senator Barbara Boxer advocates for a clear exit strategy with regards to the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan. "I believe in nation-helping, not nation-building," she says. "We can't take over these countries and run them."
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Gov. Haley Barbour Bashes Obama's Lurch to the Left Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour criticizes the Obama administration's policies, branding them "the biggest lurch to the left in American political history." He argues that Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi, who he considered "the lunatic fringe" in the 1980s, are now promoting radical policies among the mainstream.
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Gov. Barbour on Obamacare and Medicare Spending Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour crusades against Obama's treatment of entitlements, such as cutting $500 billion from Medicare and allocating it to universal healthcare. He describes his own successes in cutting spending on such entitlements, citing that Mississippi has the lowest Medicaid eligibility error rate in the U.S.
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Dealing with the Remains of Palestinian Suicide Bombers Megan Stack, foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, reflects on something "truly bizarre" that she observed while covering the Second Intifada in Israel. The morgue in Jaffa, she says, was filling up with the remains of Palestinian suicide bombers, and the question of what to do with them became a national issue.
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Megan Stack on the Existence of the War on Terror Megan Stack, author of Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War, defends her claim that the so-called War on Terror was more of a political generalization than an actual, coherent war. The war, she says, was a "very sort of fragmentary and ever-evolving process."
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Would the Founding Fathers Have Supported Gay Marriage Former United States Solicitor Generals Walter Dellinger and Paul Clement agree that framing-era documents provide no hints as to Constitutional issues around same-sex marriage. Dellinger adds that the 14th Amendment fundamentally changed the authority of the federal government in the protection of individual rights.
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Markos Moulitsas on the Concept of the American Taliban America's main international enemy, Islamic radicalism, favors theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, reviles homosexuality, subverts science and education, and reveres force over diplomacy. In American Taliban, Markos Moulitsas shows how the American right shares those very same traits. He argues that our domestic jihadists are a greater threat to American democracy than any Islamic terror.
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Harvey Mansfield Explains Why Conservatives More Tolerant Are Conservatives More Tolerant than Liberals? Ivy League institutions as well as most colleges and universities in America today lean categorically to the left. Why? If academia cares so much about ethnic and gender diversity, why does it overlook intellectual diversity? Harvey Mansfield responds. He also defends his position that conservatism is closer to the mission of the university than liberalism and asserts that conservatives are more tolerant than Liberals.
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Christopher Hitchens on Obama's Iran Policy This debate, moderated by political writer and analyst Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast), features Christopher Hitchens and George Packer. The panel discusses America's position in, and relationship to, the rest of the world under Obama and whether or not his foreign policy has been effective.
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Has Press Releases Kills Traditional Journalism John Nichols, political blogger for The Nation, divides modern news into two categories: traditional journalism and press releases. He explains that a majority of stories now come from the latter and, as a result, people are kept in the dark about issues that really matter. "Power has always spoken its truth, but now power is shouting," says Nichols. "It is dominating our discourse."
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Cynthia Nixon Says Gays Don't Want to Redefine Marriage "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon weighs in on the gay marriage debate. "Gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way," she says. "When women got the vote, they did not redefine voting."Justice in its
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Claire Belinksi Compares Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher Expanding on her book, Claire Berlinski asserts that Margaret Thatcher saved Great Britain by asserting her iron will, exemplified in international affairs by the Falklands War and domestically by breaking the coal miners' strike, and by restoring a moral philosophy that begins with the individual. Berlinski goes on to compare and contrast Sarah Palin with Thatcher.
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Rogue Economics and Laundered Money in Terrorist Hands Loretta Napoleoni makes the case that terrorist groups are filled not so much with ideological zealots as cold, calculating economists who are more akin to investment bankers. Using insider access to terror networks and an economic analysis of "terror" finance, she has followed the money trail that has allowed terrorist cells to flourish well before 9/11.
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Afghan Perceptions of International Forces vs. Insurgents The current strategy in Afghanistan depends now more than ever on the cooperation and trust of Afghan communities. However, a new study by the Open Society Foundations shows that the past nine years of civilian casualties, wrongful and abusive detentions, deteriorating security, and a lack of accountability by international forces have eroded much of that trust.Failure to understand and
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Jonathan Safran Foer Advocates for a Food Marketing Reform Jonathan Safran Foer looks at our dining habits, insatiable appetites and the cultural meaning of food. He explores the ethical, environmental and health risks behind commercial fishing and factory farming and discusses his journey from carnivore to vegetarian.Hear from the man that actress Natalie Portman claims changed her from a "20-year vegetarian to a vegan activist."
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If India and Pakistan Went Nuclear Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Dark Sun, and Arsenals of Folly Richard Rhodes completes his tetralogy on nuclear weapons with his new book, The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons.A single weapon profoundly shaped world history for most of a century. Its disappearance can have equally profound effect
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P.J. O'Rourke's Killer Stimulus Plan Libertarian political satirist P.J. O'Rourke makes a case for the economic benefits of gun violence, employing what he sees as the flawed political logic behind government spending.
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John Keane on the Decline of the American Empire British author John Keane discusses the negative reviews that his recent work, The Life and Death of Democracy, has received from American critics. In the book, Keane makes a bleak forecast for the United States as an empire whose dominance is on the wane.
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