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How Drones Fundamentally Alter The Nature Of Conflict

The use of drones in the war on terror has been getting a lot of attention. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to author Mark Bowden about his article on the U.S. government's use of drones in this week's The Atlantic magazine. Bowden is the author of Black Hawk Down.
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Private Bradley Manning Apologizes, Faces 90 Years In Prison

David Greene talks to Dave Dishneau, a reporter with The Associated Press, about Army Private Bradley Manning's apology at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case. On Wednesday, he apologized for hurting his country by divulging reams of classified information.
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Drone Manufacturers Confident Domestic Industry Will Grow

Gathering in Washington, D.C., drone manufacturers say they are optimistic about their business, despite a downturn in defense spending. The unmanned vehicle industry is hopeful the domestic market will open up. But they first must address privacy concerns exacerbated by the NSA spying scandal.
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The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

Ten years after a cascading power outage across a broad section of the U.S. and Canada, utility operators and regulators are concerned about another blackout scenario: a massive cyberattack that could threaten the U.S. electric grid.
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Al-Qaida Today: Evolution Of A Terrorist Organization

Host Jacki Lyden talks to Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, foreign correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, about how Al-Qaida as an organization has changed in recent times.
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Diplomatic Security In An Age Of Terror Threats

The State Department announced that all but one of the 19 embassies and consulates closed because of terror threats last week will reopen Sunday. The embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed. Host Jacki Lyden talks with Prudence Bushnell, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, about what changes on the ground when an embassy closes and how diplomatic security has evolved in recent decades.
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Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

This week's U.S.-Russia talks in Washington were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition — under fire — wasn't out of place.
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Obama Reaffirms Support Of NSA Programs

Speaking at a White House press conference, the president acknowledged that some Americans might believe that the government can read their emails or listen to their phone calls. But President Obama insisted the programs are conducted lawfully, don't violate privacy rights and are critical to national security.
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Obama Outlines Surveillance Proposal

In a wide-ranging news conference before summer vacation, President Obama announced a series of steps designed to boost confidence that government surveillance efforts are not trampling Americans' privacy.
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Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met their Russian counterparts for a day of talks in Washington on Friday. They hope to find common ground despite U.S.-Russian friction over the Edward Snowden asylum case.

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