U.S. and Chinese Presidents Meet, When the C.I.A. Gets Too Cozy with Hollywood, Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Drags On

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Friday, June 07, 2013

What Can the NSA do with Our Cell Phone and Internet Data? | U.S. and Chinese Presidents Meet in California | The Latest Unemployment Report and What it Reveals About Our Economic Recovery | Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Drags into its 5th Month | IRA Hunger Strike Participant Reflects on What it's Like to Strike | When the C.I.A. Gets Too Cozy with Hollywood | New Movie Releases: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado Ado About Nothing"

 

What Can the N.S.A. do With Cell Phone and Internet Data?

There is growing outrage at the revelation this week that the Obama administration required Verizon to provide call data on their customers. The news yesterday that the NSA is also mining internet data via sites like Google, Facebook, and Apple only heightened public anger. What can the government do with our cell phone and internet data, anyway?

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The Latest Unemployment Report and What it Reveals About Our Economic Recovery

More bad news for the Obama administration this morning. May's employment numbers are here and they're not looking good. The unemployment rate rose to 7.6%. U.S. employers added 175 thousand jobs but more job seekers entered the market. Charlie Herman, Business and Economics Editor for Takeaway co-producer for WNYC, explains what this means for the economic recovery.

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U.S. and Chinese Presidents Meet in California

Today President Obama meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping far outside the beltway, in sunny Palm Springs, California. The two leaders have much to discuss, from North Korea to cyberattacks to recent reports of Chinese espionage in American institutions. Peter Narvarro is a professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine. He recently directed a film entitled “Death By China.”

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Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike Drags into its 5th Month

Less than a month ago President Obama reiterated his desire to close the Guantanmo Bay detention facility in a televised speech, specifically addressing the hunger strike that is now in its 5th month. "Look at the current situation, where we are force-feeding detainees who are being held on a hunger strike," he said, speaking from the National Defense University. "Is this who we are?" Carol Rosenberg, reporter for The Miami Herald, says there seems to be no end in sight.

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I.R.A. Hunger Strike Participant Reflects on What it's Like to Strike

The historic strike underway at Guantanamo is one in a long line of hunger strikes we’ve seen in the past century. One of the most dramatic strikes in recent decades came in 1980 when imprisoned I.R.A. members went on strike. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to negotiate with the strikers and in total 10 prisoners starved themselves to death. Irish republican fighter Pat Sheehan was part of that strike led by Bobby Sands. By the time the fast ended, Pat had gone 55 days without food.

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When the C.I.A. Gets Too Cozy with Hollywood

According to a report from the defense department that was made public on Wednesday, the C.I.A. disclosed the names of two special operations troops involved in the killing of Osama Bin Laden - specifically to “Zero Dark Thirty” screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow - and even arranged lunch with one of them.

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New Movie Releases: "The Internship," "The Purge," "Much Ado About Nothing"

Movie fans have plenty of films to choose from this weekend. They include “The Internship,” a comedy reuniting Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as they take on an internship at Google; "The Purge," a thriller starring Ethan Hawke, where one day a year, all crime is legalized; and Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, a modern take on the Shakespeare play.

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