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U.S.: Syria Behind Schedule On Dismantling Chemical Stockpile

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed concerns expressed by the international watchdog group overseeing the operation that Syria is not meeting deadlines for handing over dangerous chemicals.
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The Politics Hour - Jan. 31, 2014

Ken Ulman, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Maryland, joins the team in the studio.


Heroin In The Drive-Thru? McDonald's Employee Busted

Undercover police officers say they bought heroin at a McDonald's in Pittsburgh, acting on a tip that included a code phrase. They were then allegedly given a Happy Meal box containing the drug.

Welcome To Homs, A Syrian City Under Siege

Among the many issues in contention at the Syrian peace talks is the possibility of humanitarian relief for cities and villages under siege. No place is in greater need of assistance than the city of Homs in western Syria. One of the first regions to rise up against President Bashar al-Assad, Homs is now the site of an ongoing humanitarian aid crisis. Approximately two to three thousand people find themselves trapped in a disputed district and in increasingly desperate circumstances.

A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict includes a shadow war in which Israel turns to Palestinian informants to gather intelligence. Palestinian Abed Hamed el-Rajoub was imprisoned for fighting against Israel, but while in jail, he secretly gathered information from fellow Palestinian prisoners.

President Shows A 'Different Attitude' At State Of The Union

In his State of the Union address, President Obama said America needs a raise. Host Michel Martin checks in with journalists from Minnesota, California, and Missouri - to see how the President's speech played out across the country.

Should The President Have Apologized For Obamacare Issues?

Host Michel Martin asks political journalists from outside the beltway for their take on President Obama's State of the Union speech. She speaks with Michael Smolens of the U-T San Diego, Christopher Ave of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

Disrupting Class To Make Way For Technology

Technology is changing quickly, and now some educators say it's time for classrooms to catch up. Host Michel Martin speaks with Patrick Gusman of Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science about how he's bringing social media, coding, and app development into the classroom.

Morrie Turner, 1923-2014: Drawing Gentle Lessons In Tolerance

Morrie Turner's Wee Pals was the first nationally syndicated comic strip by a black cartoonist. It featured a rainbow tribe of young friends and gentle lessons in tolerance.

The Coup Goes To Court: Ousted Pres. Morsi On Trial In Cairo

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was in a Cairo courtroom on Tuesday, seen and heard for only the second time since he was thrust from office in a military coup last July. Morsi and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood are facing charges of collusion with Hamas and Hezbollah during the 2011 uprising against the Mubarak regime.