N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Comes Forward, George Zimmerman Trial Begins, Syria and the Growing Need for Humanitarian Aid

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Monday, June 10, 2013

N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Comes Forward | Is the U.S. Now Syria's Only Hope? | Day One of the George Zimmerman Murder Trial | Syrian Conflict Spurs Sectarian Violence | The Senate Begins Debate on Immigration Reform Bill | Where are the Cicadas? | The Role Private Contracting Firms Play in Government National Security

N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Comes Forward

After days of speculation over the identity of the source who leaked a F.I.S.A. court order mandating that Verizon turn over all metadata on its phone records, Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the C.I.A., revealed himself as the whistle blower this weekend om a 12-minute video interview with the Guardian.

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Is the U.S. Now Syria's Only Hope?

New figures from the United Nations estimate that by the end of the year, more than 10 million Syrians will need some kind of aid. That’s half the country’s population. The UN says it needs $5 billion to provide assistance to the growing number of Syrian refugees. Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent for the BBC, discusses the latest developments in Syria and the growing appeals for humanitarian aid.

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Syrian Conflict Spurs Sectarian Violence

The civil war in Syria is increasingly becoming a sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, particularly with the recent involvement of Hezbollah. But it didn't start out that way. In a recent op-ed for our partner The New York Times, Journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek argues that sectarian strife is in the interest of many players, including Bashar al-Assad.

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The Senate Begins Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

It's going to come down to a debate over security versus equity for illegal immigrants in the U.S. The senate begins debate this week on a compromise immigration reform bill that is not a done deal despite the optimism from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Momentum has a way of becoming molasses in this congress. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich weighs in.

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Where are the Cicadas?

The cicada "Swarmaggedon" has so far not lived up to its hype. Where are the scary looking creatures? And why do they only come out every 17 years? Dr. Gene Kritsky is the Chair of Biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and the Editor of American Entomologist.

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Day One of the George Zimmerman Murder Trial

As the city of Sanford, Trayvon Martin’s family, and George Zimmerman’s supporters brace for the first day of Zimmerman's murder trial today, Valerie Houston, Pastor at Allen Chapel Church in Sanford, Florida shares her thoughts about what's transpired and what's ahead. Houston has been actively involved in town hall meetings and community outreach in the days and months since Trayvon Martin’s death.

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The Role Private Contracting Firms Play in Government National Security

Many questions this morning about Edward Snowden, the former C.I.A. computer technician behind the national security leaks that have dominated the headlines over the past few days. For more on the consequences Snowden may face and the role of private contracting firms in government national security, we turned to Mike Rispoli, the communications manager for Privacy International.

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