Russia Prevents No-Fly Zone in Libya; Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Westboro

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

A Libyan civilian holds anti aircraft ammunitions at an army barrack on February 28, 2011 in Benghazi where dozens of civilians registered for a civil defense training amid fears of an air raid. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty)

A growing debate about a no-fly zone puts Russia at odds with the West; a controversial bill reducing the power of unions passes in Ohio; another union-management debate flares up in the NFL; Libya before Gadhafi; the country's former U.N. Deputy Ambassador speaks on the country; the Supreme Court rules in favor of Westboro Baptist Church; an assesment of Saudi Arabia's potential for unrest; a changing relationship between the Jewish people and the Catholic Church; and the question of whether paying nothing for music can make it worth something again. 

Top of the Hour: Update from Libya, Morning Headlines

Eastern Libya saw continued air strikes by Gadhafi's forces this morning as rebels continue to fight for freedom. Elsewhere in the region: Egyptian prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq has resigned, which was a key demand of the protesters; and Yemeni President Ali Saleh has agreed to step down at the end of the year, but he's made promises like this before.

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NFL Union Battles and the Future of Football

The NFL management has accused its players of deliberately trying to decertify their own union. If no action is taken, the National Football League Players Association will be decertified at midnight tonight. Why would NFL players want to do this? To be able to sue. Unions are barred from filing anti-trust lawsuits against the league, but individual players would have this right without the unions and can make more money. However, players stand to lose benefits and a say in how the league is run.

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Ohio Senate Passes Union Bill

Ohio’s Senate voted 17 to 16 in favor of a controversial bill that would effectively end collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. This is the first step towards passage of the bill — a political move that could impact similar battles playing out in Wisconsin and Indiana. Unions called the vote the biggest blow to public sector workers in more than 25 years. We talk with Bill Cohen, State House reporter for Ohio Public Radio who was in the Senate chamber when the vote came down yesterday.

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What's Next for Libya?

Rebel forces continue to fight for freedom from the Gadhafi regime. They have taken over much of the eastern part of the country, but experts say that Gadhafi will likely retain his hold on the capital city of Tripoli. Complicating the current and future situation in Libya is the fact that it's a tribal country, with some factions supporting Gadhafi and others fighting with the opposition.

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Terrorism Link in Killing of 2 US Troops at German Airport

Two United States airmen were shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on an American military bus at the Frankfurt, Germany airport, Wednesday. Two others were wounded. German prosecutors say the attack appears to motivated by Islamic extremism. The shooter has been identified as a 21-year-old ethnic Albanian Muslim from Kosovo who was raised in Germany and is a German citizen. For more on the developing story is New York Times reporter, Jack Ewing.

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Taking the Long View on Libya

Since the explosion of the democratic movements in the Arab world, the Western world has gotten a huge dose of information about the countries experiencing revolution. Marius Deeb, Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University, explains how looking at Libya's past — before the Gadhafi regime — may give us clues about what could happen should he fall.

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Top of the Hour: Free Speech, Morning Headlines

The Supreme Court has ruled that a controversial church can create emotional turmoil at military funerals in an emotional case; this morning's headlines.

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Westboro Church

The Supreme Court ruled on what may be the most controversial case this term: Snyder v. Phelps. Pastor Fred Phelps leads a small crusade against homosexuality. His Topeka, Kansas based Westboro Baptists Church has become infamous for protesting outside the funerals of fallen soldiers. Soldiers like Lance Corporal Mathew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. Snyder’s father, Albert, filed the suit against Phelps and his church for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of distress.

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Former Libyan UN Deputy Ambassador on His Country

It is unlikely that many people know the Gadhafi regime better than U.N. Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi, who has represented Gadhafi's interests at the U.N. for years. On Feb. 21st, he broke with the Libyan leader, and is urging international intevention in the country. He shares his impressions on the situation in his country, the specter of civil war, and his ideas about what must be done. 

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Libyan Spokesperson 'Col. Gadhafi is Leading the Country Forward'

Musa Ibrahim, Libyan government spokesperson says that there is no evidence that Col. Gadhafi is using air strikes on his own people. Instead, he says he welcomes the United Nations to Libya for a fact finding mission into his country. He says that there are millions of people who support Gadhafi. "Col. Gadhafi is leading the country forward to a new constitution, freedom of the press, and better salaries for people," he says. Without him, the country will see chaos.

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Pope Exonerates Jews for Death of Christ

In a new book, "Jesus of Nazareth: Part II," Pope Benedict exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ. But why has it taken thousands of years to absolve the Jewish community of this crime? And does this say something about the evolving relationship between Jews and Catholics? We talk with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is also the author of "You Don't Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right."

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Music Company to Consumer: Name Your Price

The music industry has been criticized in recent years for having too many manufactured stars, and not enough artists; too many middle men making money, and not enough musicians being paid. But some are trying to forge a new way for a viable music market, like Stephen Nawara. He is a Detroit entrepreneur who has created a new site that lets customers to pay want they want, even if that amount is nothing at all.

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Tripoli: People Want Change

Marie Colvin, reporter for The Sunday Times of London reports from Tripoli, where fighting continues between pro and anti-Gadhafi forces. Although there are some Gadhafi supporters, the majority of people want change, she says. Earlier Thursday morning, the International Criminal Court in the Hague officially opened an investigation into whether Moammar Gadhafi and his sons have committed crimes against humanity.

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