Boston Bombings, Hunger Strikes at Gitmo, George W. Bush Library

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing: Many Unanswered Questions | Hunger Strikes: The Latest from Gitmo and the History | New Report Confirms Torture at Guantanamo Bay | Could Texas Go Blue? | A Sneak Peak of the George W. Bush Library | As Brits Mourn Thatcher, Americans Reflect on Boston Bombings

As Brits Mourn Thatcher, Americans Reflect on Boston Bombings

Stephen Sackur has spent most of his professional career reporting on the biggest news events, based both in the United States working as a Washington correspondent for the BBC and abroad, reporting for many years in the Middle East. He joins us to reflect both on the bombings in Boston and the funeral scheduled today for the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Could Texas Go Blue?

Now that Texan demographics are changing, many are starting to wonder if the Lone Star State is headed back to blue. For the first time, big Democratic donors are starting to pour money into Texas in anticipation of it becoming a battleground state as early as the 2016 presidential election. One such donor is Steve Mostyn, a Texas trial lawyer and one of Barack Obama’s biggest financial supporters in 2012. 

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Boston Marathon Bombing: Many Unanswered Questions

The explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line left three dead and many more injured. Two days after the tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions. Todd Zwillich and Callie Crossley update us on the situation in Washington and in Boston. Eric Schmitt, a national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains the mechanics of the Boston bombs.

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A Sneak Peak of the George W. Bush Library

George W. Bush is back in the press with his Presidential Center scheduled to open on May 1st. According to Dallas Morning News Staff Writer Tom Benning, this new presence in the media is a reluctant one. And what can we expect to see in the library itself? Brendan Miniter, Senior Editorial Director of the George W. Bush Institute, offers a few sneak peeks.

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New Report Confirms Torture at Guantanamo Bay

A new report by the non-partisan Constitution Project concludes that, without a doubt, the United States engaged in “the practice of torture” in the years after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Currently at Gitmo, 43 of the prisoners are on hunger strikes, in protest of what they see as the unethical treatment of prisoners and their indefinite detention without trial.

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Hunger Strikes: The Latest from Gitmo and the History

The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay is just the latest use of a protest technique that has been adopted by activists of all stripes, all around the world. Sharman Apt Russell, Professor of writing at Western New Mexico State University, explains the history of the hunger strike.

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Arrest Made in the Texas DA Killings

A breaking story in Texas involves the double murder of the Kaufman County district attorney and his wife last month. The killings of Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and an Assistant District Attorney, Mark Hasse, was investigated as a possible right wing militia killing but it turns out to be a former employee and his wife on a vendetta of revenge.

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