Mass Anti-Government Protests in Egypt, Round Two of Texas Abortion Debate, Reflecting on the Battle of Gettysburg

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Egypt's constitutional court refused to rule on the new constitution citing "the threat of harm" from protestors. December 2012. (Getty)

New Listeners Start Here! | C.E.O. Pay Continues to Climb | Special Session Marks Round Two in Texas Abortion Battle | The Battle of Gettysburg, 150 Years Later | Millions of Egyptians Take to the Streets to Demand Morsi's Resignation | Nelson Mandela's Lifelong Friend Reflects on the Ailing Leader | The Changing Mission of the All-American Paratroopers

 

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Millions of Egyptians Take to the Streets to Demand Morsi's Resignation

On the one year anniversary of the election of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, hundreds of thousands gathered in Tahrir Square, and millions across the country, demanding his resignation. Michael Wahid-Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, discusses the protests and the future stability of Egypt. And Dalia Ziada, an Egyptian blogger and activist, reports from Cairo on the unrest there.

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19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Wildfire

Arizona resident and officials are reeling from the biggest loss of life due to a wildfire in 30 years. At least 19 firefighters died this weekend battling a wildfire in the Central Arizona town of Yarnell, located about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix. The fire started on Friday and spread rapidly amid high heat, low humidity and strong winds. Fernanda Santos, reporter for our partner The New York Times, has the latest developments.

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C.E.O. Pay Continues to Climb

What does an annual raise look like to the top 200 chief executives at public companies? Try more than 1 million dollars. In 2012, the median pay package for CEO's was $15.1 million, a 16 percent increase from 2011. New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson tells us how executive salaries have become sky-high.

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Special Session Marks Round Two in Texas Abortion Battle

Last Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis filibustered her way to the national stage after spending nearly 11 hours speaking in order to block Senate Bill 5 from passing in the Texas legislature. But the very next day, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he wasn’t giving up the fight just yet. Instead, the Governor called a special legislative session to take up the bill. Erica Greider is the senior editor at Texas Monthly.

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Nelson Mandela's Lifelong Friend Reflects on the Ailing Leader

Before John left for Africa, he sat down to reflect on the sentiments of South Africans as they prepare for the passing of one of history's greatest leaders and peace activists. Denis Goldberg was a co-defendant with Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial in the Pretoria Supreme Court in 1963.

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The Changing Mission of the All-American Paratroopers

The 82 Airborne Division, the Army’s rapid-response force for global crises, is undergoing training exercises aimed at improving its ability to handle chemical weapons attacks. Major General John W. Nicholson Jr., the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, sheds light on the paratrooper's changing mission.

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The Battle of Gettysburg, 150 Years Later

When Union and Confederate soldiers clashed at the Battle of Gettysburg, 150 years ago today, The Saturday Evening Post sent reporters to cover the fighting. Today, the Post is one of the few remaining publications that covered the Civil War, as the magazine began printing in 1821. Jeff Nilsson, director of archives for The Saturday Evening Post, remembers the battle and its legacy.

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Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction

Congress left for July 4th recess over the weekend with some unfinished business. Congressional inaction has left student loan rates to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. We've passed the precipice and seven million students could be affected. Jeff Cutter is the founder and adviser for Cutter Financial Group.

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