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Can Mexico's New President Turn The Corner?

Mexico's President-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, is promising to work closely with President Obama. Pena Nieto was in Washington this week ahead of his inauguration on Saturday. Host Michel Martin speaks with Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, and Stephen Johnson from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Senators 'More Troubled' After Meeting With Rice

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, touted as a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with a small group of Republican Senate critics. They are unhappy with comments Rice made on TV shortly after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the ambassador and three others died. They say she incorrectly characterized the violence as a response to an anti-Islam video. After the closed-door meeting, the senators said they were more troubled than ever, and one promised to block her potential nomination. But it's unclear whether their views are gaining momentum.
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Susan Rice Says Benghazi Claims Were Based On Information From Intelligence

The U.S. envoy to the U.N. is seen as a front-runner for the job of secretary of state in President Obama's second term, but her comments in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi have made her a focus of criticism. Rice also said she looked forward to discussing Sen. John McCain's concerns over her comments with the Republican.
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How The Government Set Up A Fake Bank To Launder Drug Money

In the early 1990s, Colombian drug cartels had a problem: They had more money than they knew what to do with. So a pair of federal agents created an offshore bank.
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The Long Walk To Defuse A Ticking Bomb

If you've seen the film The Hurt Locker, you probably remember a scene where a bomb defuser in an 80-pound Kevlar suit takes the long walk to extinguish an unexploded bomb. Brian Castner spent years as an explosive ordinance disposal officer in the U.S. Air Force, and knows that long walk well.
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Documents Show FBI Kept Tabs On Stalin's Daughter After Defection

Lana Peters, who died last year, defected to the U.S. in 1967. The Associated Press, citing newly declassified documents, says the FBI was trying to gauge how the former Svetlana Alliluyeva's defection was affecting international relations.
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What's The Big Idea? Pentagon Agency Backs Student Tinkerers To Find Out

The Pentagon's research agency, DARPA, played key roles in developing the Internet and GPS. Now it's investing money in high school hackerspaces, where students gather to come up with high-tech ideas — like a bicycle that generates electricity.

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