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Week In News: Controversy Over Drone Strikes

A Justice Department memo outlining the President's authority to initiate drone strikes against suspected terrorists - even U.S. born ones - has sparked a discussion about the limits of the executive branch. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about the controversy.
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What's Legal Vs. What's Wise In Drone Attacks

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution about a recently released Obama administration memo that gave the legal justification for targeting U.S. citizens with drones.
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Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is to side with national security over civil liberties. That instinct has been true throughout history, and has been acted on by liberal presidents and core conservatives.
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Massive Manhunt Continues In Southern California

The search for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, who's suspected of killing a police officer and two other people, has stretched across a large area. It's feared he's intent on killing more officers.
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Pakistan Says U.S. Drone Strikes Violate Its Sovereignty

There was another U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday. At least three people were killed when missiles struck a compound in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. The strike comes as Washington debates the use of drones and not long after Ambassador Sherry Rehman said the use of drones was a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and international law. Throughout Pakistan, popular reaction to the drone strikes continues to be vociferously negative. Robert Siegel talks to Jackie Northam.
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Drone Program Under Scrutiny As CIA Nominee Testifies

The Obama administration has relied heavily on its drone program, but prefers not to talk about it. Yet drones and interrogation practices came under scrutiny as CIA nominee John Brennan testified before a Senate committee.

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