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Mar 7, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Gil Troy
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Gil talks about his experience at the AIPAC policy conference, where a single perspective of the Mideast conflict is decidedly on view. Matt criticizes the impact of AIPAC’s one-sided approach. Matt and Gil debate efforts in Congress to support an Israeli strike on Iran, and Matt notes that North Korea presents a great example of the disincentives for Iran to go nuclear. They both condemn Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s harsh remarks on Zionism. Plus: What can we expect from Obama’s upcoming trip to Israel?
Mar 6, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ: Do liberals love the late Hugo Chavez? Why are both parties calling a sequester cease-fire? Is the media starting to turn on Obama? Did Obama fail to stop the sequester because of bad leadership, or because presidents are not omnipotent? And should Jeb Bush just go away?
Mar 5, 2013 — Adam Serwer & Daniel Foster
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Adamize
On Adamize, Dan and Adam consider the tension between the unpopular national GOP and its far more popular state and local leaders. Dan says there’s no market for GOP solutions at the national level, and Adam argues that’s a direct result of conservative success in enforcing ideological discipline. Is Chris Christie fulfilling a forgotten part of Reagan’s legacy? They discuss the controversy over GOProud, a gay conservative group, being barred from CPAC. Adam argues that John Roberts, as an ideological descendant of Barry Goldwater, shouldn’t get to pull down the curtain on the Voting Rights Act, while Dan says that we should all want the law to no longer be necessary.
Mar 3, 2013 — Robert Farley & Nate Jones
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob talks to Nate about his efforts to pressure US intelligence agencies to release classified documents. They consider the impact of Wikileaks. Nate offers some horror stories about FOIA requests, and also describes his research on Able Archer, the 1983 incident that nearly triggered a nuclear war. They discuss the new show The Americans, which both Rob and Nate prefer to Homeland. Rob and Nate then discuss Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, the two “national security” entrants in this year’s Academy Awards, and reflect on the difficulties of getting historical films right. Finally, a brief conversation about Seth MacFarlane‘s turn as Oscar host.
Mar 1, 2013 — Sarah Posner & Debra Haffner
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The Posner Show
On The Posner Show, Sarah talks with Debra about the legacy of former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, who died this week. Koop was an ardent foe of abortion, but Debra recounts his adherence to science, not ideology, in concluding there was no medical evidence that abortion harms women. Has today’s anti-abortion movement differed from Koop by not separating moral beliefs from medical facts? On the AIDS crisis, Debra credits Koop with “changing the dialogue”, and promoting AIDS education in schools, in the 1980s. Has school-based sex education become passé? Plus: Debra and Koop on the set of the Golden Girls.

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