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New Threat Emerges At Intersection Of Terrorism, Syndicated Crime

Analysts and administration officials are talking about terrorist groups not just as part of an ideological movement, but rather as criminal syndicates. With funding sources drying up, local terrorist groups are going beyond traditional deep pocket donors. Now they are bilking local economies. Al-Qaida is robbing banks in Iraq, the Taliban is taking hostages in Afghanistan and al-Shabab is laundering money in Somalia.
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Women In Combat: What Do Troops In Afghanistan Think?

Opinions are mixed. Women are already in dangerous places handling difficult assignments. But some troops, both men and women, say they think few women will want to take combat positions, and they question whether women will be able to meet the current physical standards.
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Rep. Duckworth: About Time For Women In Combat

Host Michel Martin looks at the Pentagon's new policy to open combat positions to women with Representative Tammy Duckworth. The Illinois Democrat lost both her legs as a helicopter pilot in Iraq, and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
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Did President Obama Misuse MLK's Bible?

The fact that President Obama's second inauguration took place on the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday felt right to many people, but some critics say the comparison is all wrong. Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news.
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Amid Gun Debate, What Will Actually Protect Kids?

Putting guns in schools may make people think more of Terminator than teaching. But Emily Richmond of the National Education Writers Association says that it's time to step back from the hysteria. She talks to host Michel Martin about practical ways to make schools safer.
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Around The Globe, Women Already Serve In Combat Units

Israel, Germany and Canada are among the countries that have marched down the path the U.S. will soon follow in allowing women a role in front-line combat units. And experts say the integration of women elsewhere has gone smoothly, despite concerns.

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