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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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Analysis Of The State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama speaks to Congress and the nation Tuesday night. Diane and her guests provide analysis of key themes in his State of the Union address and the Republican response.

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Cuccinelli's New Book Targets Obama Administration, Social Programs

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book coming out next week has some harsh words for the Obama administration, and may ruffle some feathers on the other side of the aisle.


The Difficulties of Proving Housing Discrimination

Civil rights advocates have long relied on a principle called, "disparate impact," to prove minorities are discriminated in housing. Now, the Supreme Court is poised to review whether it's a legitimate tool in such cases. Host Michel Martin speaks with investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who has written about the issue for ProPublica.

Richard Land Not Quitting Fight For Nation's Soul

As a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land has spent nearly 25 years on the front lines of America's so-called 'culture war'. Now, as social conservatives worry that they're losing key policy battles, Land tells host Michel Martin that he may be stepping down from his post, but not from the fight.

Should Christie Lighten Up Over Doctor's Concern?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn't laughing about his weight anymore. After poking fun at himself earlier this week, he ended up telling a former White House doctor to "shut up," when she commented on his size. Did he overreact? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Analysis: Effort For Virginia's Restricting Weakens, Gray Mentions Affordable Housing In District Address

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the highlights of Mayor Vincent Gray's District Address.


Even Without Earmarks, Tax Breaks And Special Deals Fill Bills

Congress likes to say it doesn't do earmarks anymore. And while that may be true, it's also a fact that targeted provisions are still useful in moving legislation — even critical legislation like the bill that pulled Washington back from the fiscal cliff last month.

Republicans Criticize Pentagon's Response To Attack On U.S. Consulate In Benghazi

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified before a Senate committee Thursday about the September attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Panetta was questioned about whether the U.S. response was fast enough and about why the U.S. military had not been better prepared for the possibility of an attack.