Foreclosures; Afghan Summit; Job Retraining; Rural Care for Veterans; Trying to Trust the New Orleans Police Dept

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry for meetings inside the Presidential Palace in Kabul, on July 19, 2010. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty)

Government's ownership of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as foreclosure rates stay high; international donors to Afghanistan meet to consider how best to hand more control to the Afghan government; Georgia's political primary; attempts to rebuild trust between local residents and the New Orleans Police Department; effectiveness of job training for the unemployed; VA considers 'telemedicine' to reach rural veterans; Laurence Gonzales' "Lucy." Todd Zwillich fills in for John Hockenberry.

Top of the Hour: Foreclosures in America, Morning Headlines

The foreclosure crisis continues to have devastating effects on neighborhoods across the country; headlines.

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Government's Role in Country's Ever-Collapsing Housing Market

The number of foreclosures on houses in the United States is growing at a rapid rate. The signs of a broken housing market have permeated nearly the entire country. With the federal government now in control of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is it fair to blame the feds for the crisis?

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Cash-Strapped City Outsources Municipal Jobs

By firing all 96 of its full-time employees, the cash-strapped city of Maywood, California is saving money by utilizing a strategy well known to American companies: outsourcing. They town may have had to file for bankruptcy if it hadn't taken this outsourcing approach.

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Listeners Respond: More on Maintaining Mental Health

We started the conversation over the weekend, asking,

"How do you keep your peace of mind? Have you been able to find good therapy for mental health issues?"

We then heard from Newsweek's health reporter Kate Dailey, and Harvard psychologist, Richard McNally, who chimed in yesterday with their expertise on mental health. However, we received such an overwhelming response from all of you, that we felt the need to tackle the topic for a second day, and hear what you had to say.

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Allies Consider How to Hand Afghanistan More Responsibility

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives from over 60 countries are meeting in Kabul today. This is the first major international conference in Afghanistan since the 1970s, and the first time Afghanistan is playing host to its major donors. Atop of the agenda: how to hand more responsibility for Afghanistan to the Afghan government. This comes at a crucial period, as American troops are expected to start leaving Afghanistan by next year. 

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Georgia Primary Underway

Ahead of today's primary elections, politicians in Georgia tried to overcome voter apathy with increasingly pointed advertisements and anti-incumbent rhetoric.  

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Building Trust Between Community and Police In New Orleans

The New Orleans Police Department is in trouble with the law. The department is under at least eight federal criminal investigations, including several cases in which police killed civilians. The details revealed in the investigations are horrific. n the Danziger Bridge case, a mentally handicapped man was shot in the back of the head, and police stomped on his body. In the Glover case, a man was killed and his body was torched inside his car.

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Top of the Hour: Is Job Retraining Working?, Morning Headlines

We hear from Sandy Cole, who is almost finished with a job training program to become a dental assistant; headlines.

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How Much Does Job Training Actually Help With Unemployment?

The Senate is set to vote later today on extending unemployment benefits, just 15 minutes after the new Democratic senator from West Virginia is sworn in to replace Robert Byrd. The new senator’s arrival will give Democrats the last vote they need to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.

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Why Do We Still Drink and Drive?

Why do people still drink and drive when they know they're not supposed to? Lindsay Lohan is going to jail because she violated her probation for NOT learning that lesson ... and she's not alone. 30 percent of us will be involved in a drunk driving accident in our lives. Every 45 minutes, someone will be killed by a drunk driver. And at least 50 percent of drunk drivers will continue to drive drunk after having their licenses suspended. 

What's your take: How do you stop doing something you know is wrong?

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For Rural Veterans, New Strategies for Access to Health Care

Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan come from hill towns and farm country all across America – and when they return home, they bring their combat injuries with them. Traumatic brain injuries and missing limbs require sophisticated and constant treatment, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has a duty to treat them. But when roads are blocked by snow, or the nearest VA facility is hours away, giving veterans the care they’ve been promised can be a challenge.

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New Hope in Reducing Rate of HIV Infections in Women

There's good news in the fight against HIV. A new South African study has found that a microbicide gel containing the antiretroviral medication, Tenofovir can significantly reduce the rate of HIV infections. The study included almost 900 volunteers and showed that the gel cut a woman's chances of being infected by 50 percent after the first year.

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Summer Reading: 'Lucy'

This summer we’ve been making a list of great beach reads or books to crack open poolside.  We’ve talked to Justin Cronin, author of 'The Passage' and Hilary Thayer Hamman about her novel ‘Anthropology of an American Girl.’ This week, Laurence Gonzales' 'Lucy' is at the top of our list.

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Good News in HIV Protection, But More Trials Necessary

The International AIDS conference in Vienna is underway and there's excitement about a new study showing that there may be a new effective microbicide to help prevent against HIV infection. Science Magazine correspondent, Jon Cohen is at the conference. He says that the microbicide is not ready for general use and that more trials are needed. He also says that this is part of a combination prevention and that condoms and behavioral change are still necessary.

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