On eve of Afghan elections, measured optimism from experts

Afghans will elect a new president tomorrow. It is the second election since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001. Two AP reporters were shot today, one fatally, ramping up tensions over security. Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He says in spite of the potential for fraud and serious security breaches, hopes are still high for an improvement over past elections.

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Al-Qaeda’s Latest is an English-Language Magazine: Poppie Mphuthing interviews J.M. Berger

Al Qaeda released a video online this week advertising its new publication Resurgence Magazine. It is an English-language magazine slated for release soon. J.M. Berger is a terror analyst and consultant, and the author of Jihad Joe. He explains that Al Qaeda sees value in recruiting in English-speaking Western countries to boost the numbers of Jihadists to fight their cause.

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Increase in heroin use leads to debate over treatment versus punishment

As prescription pills are becoming harder and harder to get, many drug users in New York are turning to heroin. Lawmakers are looking for ways to stem the tide of a new epidemic. One bill would increase access to naloxone, a life-saving drug for people who’ve overdosed. Another bill would increase access to treatment centers. And perhaps most controversially, a planned bill from State Senator Marty Golden would make harsher sentences for heroin possession.

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Ukraine: Avi Wolfman-Arent interviews Nicolai Petro

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych reached an agreement with opposition leaders earlier today aimed at ending the country’s civil unrest. Yanukovych promised to hold early elections and curtail presidential power. It’s unclear if those moves will satisfy street demonstrators, many of whom want Yanukovych removed from office. Nicolai Petro, a professor of politics at the University of Rhode Island, is […]

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Fears over freedoms in Russia post-Olympics

HOST INTRO: The 2014 Winter Olympics is certainly making its way to the history books as a controversial parade of expensive logistical fiascos. With the Games coming to an end on Sunday, recent arrests over peaceful protests have made people concerned about the future of human rights in Russia. Rachel Vianna reports on the crackdown […]

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Obama’s core curriculum draws criticism

HOST INTRO: As debates continue across the country around the roll-out of the Obama administration’s Common Core curriculum, one issue is in the limelight in New York. Teacher performance and how it is measured using the newly designed standardized test scores. Poppie Mphuthing has more. President Obama’s Common Core curriculum was designed to education standards […]

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