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Thursday, August 8, 2013

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  • Sen. Corker: 'Congress Needs Ownership' Over Covert Activities
    Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, lead Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is pushing for a rewrite of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). It is the AUMF that was used by the George W. Bush administration to justify torture and warrantless wiretapping and it has been used by the Obama administration to defend drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere. Senator Corker tells Audie Cornish about his objections to classifying certain covert operations.
  • Egypt's Top General And His U.S. Lessons In Democracy
    Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi led the recent ouster of Egypt's democratically elected president. Seven years earlier, he was a student at the U.S. Army War College and wrote a paper called "Democracy in the Middle East." He's the latest in a series of U.S.-trained military officers to topple a civilian government.
  • 'Dream 9' Win Small Victory In Fight To Stay In U.S.
    Nine young immigrants facing deportation were released from detention on Wednesday. They are known as the Dream 9 and have made a public plea to stay in the U.S. All were brought here as children and now they are trying to stay by applying for asylum.
  • Laid To Rest: A Proper Burial For The Poor
    In New Mexico, the cremated remains of the state's deceased indigents often enter a state of limbo. Many spend years on county storage shelves. But country officials are now trying to give these remains a grave, a headstone and a public memorial service.
  • As Myanmar Opens Up, A Look Back On A 1988 Uprising
    The country also known as Burma is emerging from decades of authoritarian rule. But 25 years ago, in the middle of that dark period, there were six weeks of hope. Demonstrations brought millions onto the streets until a harsh crackdown left thousands dead and landed thousands more in prison.
  • Minn. Minor League Baseball Team Goes Atheist For One Night
    Melissa Block speaks with the St. Paul Saints' Executive Vice President and General Manager Derek Sharrer about the game that will be sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists. The team will go by the name "Mr. Paul Aints" for the game.
  • Don't Let The Price Of Pine Nuts Keep You From Pesto
    Hungry bugs and warmer temperatures mean pine trees aren't producing as many seeds as they once did, driving up the cost of Italian pine nuts to $120 per pound in some cases. Cookbook author Julia della Croce found a colorful — and delicious — alternative in pistachios.
  • Fannie Mae Posts $10 Billion Profit In Second Quarter
    Mortgage giant Fannie Mae announced Thursday that it made a $10 billion profit in the second quarter. Americans may remember that the government had to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when the housing bubble burst five years ago. Now, with home prices rising, Fannie and Freddie are profitable again. That's good news for taxpayers, as well as home buyers who count on the two companies to guarantee and finance most home loans. But some investors in Fannie and Freddie are angry. They say they deserve a share of those new profits.
  • Can Congress Figure Out How To Rescue The Post Office?
    The U.S. Postal Service lost some $16 billion last year and continues to bleed red ink. Congress has been unable to agree on a plan to turn things around. The latest proposal would allow the post office to end Saturday delivery in a year, and enable it to ship wine and beer.
  • Hillary Clinton Still Mum On 2016, But She Hasn't Slowed Down
    More than six months have passed since Hillary Clinton stepped down from her position as Secretary of State. At the time she said she was eager for some down time — to rest and do the things she didn't normally have time for, like catch up on episodes of Love It or List It. But Amy Chozick of the The New York Times, who has been following Clinton's transition out of office, tells Melissa Block that there hasn't been much R & R in her agenda.

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