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Friday, August 30, 2013

New Snowden Leak Reveals Secret "Black Budget" for U.S. Intelligence | As U.S. Considers a Syria Response, Echoes of Iraq Reverberate | New Movie Releases of The Week: Our Nixon, Closed Circuit, One Direction: This Is Us | "Our Nixon" Documentary Gives Inside Look at 37th President | N.F.L. Agrees to $765 Million Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit | The Dreams of the Undocumented Community

Kerry: "High Confidence" Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times reflects on the similarities between Iraq and Syria. UPDATE: Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the world on Friday afternoon, saying that the United States has "high confidence" that the regime of Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical attack last week outside of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Kerry said that the U.S. government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in the attack, including at least 426 children.

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New Snowden Leak Reveals Secret "Black Budget" for U.S. Intelligence

Edward Snowden's latest leak reveals the "black budget" for the U.S. National Intelligence Program in fiscal year 2013: $52.6 billion. Until now, the application of funds and the performance of spy agencies has never been made public. Lee Hamilton is the Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, a member of the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and the C.I.A. External Advisory Board. He discusses the implications of Snowden's latest leak.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: Our Nixon, Closed Circuit, One Direction: This Is Us

This week’s movie releases include "Our Nixon," which examines the Nixon presidency, and “Closed Circuit,” the British crime thriller, in addition to “One Direction: This Is Us,” a documentary on the boy band One Direction. As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in with their thoughts.

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"Our Nixon" Documentary Gives Inside Look at 37th President

New recordings—all Super 8 home movies—made between 1969 and 1973, and seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation show a new picture of Nixon. The 37th president's home movies are available now to the public in a new film by Penny Lane called "Our Nixon."

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N.F.L. Agrees to $765 Million Settlement in Concussion Lawsuit

The N.F.L. has agreed to a $765 million settlement with 4,500 retired players in a concussion-related lawsuit. It's a symbolic victory for a lot of players and their families who have been personally affected by the consequences of head trauma. Lisa McHale is the widow of Tom McHale, an offensive guard in the N.F.L. from 1987 to 1995 who was diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and passed away in 2008. 

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The Dreams of the Undocumented Community

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Founder of Define America. He says that while there are obvious differences between the civil rights struggles of African Americans 50 years ago and those of undocumented immigrants today, he draws inspiration from their struggles and sees points of commonality.

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