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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Participants attend the annual Chaos Communication Congress on December 28, 2013 in Germany. A strong topic of discussion this year is the role of anti-terror surveillance & NSA data collection. (Patrick Lux/Getty)

The End of Equal Internet Access? | Your Take: The Benefits of Bragging | Congress Finally Reveals New Spending Deal | NSA Can Spy on Computers Not Connected to the Web | Russia Just Expelled Another Journalist, and it’s a Big Problem | What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran | Examining The Most Innovative Eras in U.S. History |

The End of Equal Internet Access?

A federal appeals court has invalidated key provisions of the government's net neutrality rules. In a 3-0 decision, the court ruled that the FCC overstepped its regulatory authority in issuing a 2010 order that barred broadband carriers from blocking or slowing certain websites. Scott Cleland, Chairman of Net Competition, an e-forum that represents broadband interests, applauds the court for overruling the FCC. Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, disagrees. 

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Your Take: The Benefits of Bragging

Jessi Smith, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montana State University, researched the psychology of bragging in women. Tomorrow you'll hear more about Professor Smith and her fascinating research into the psychology of bragging. But first, we're opening the door for you to brag—tell us about a time when promoting yourself paid off. We want to hear all types of stories. Call us at 1-877-869-8253 and be part of the conversation, or leave a comment here or by visiting us on Facebook.

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What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran

After seven weeks of negotiations, America's nuclear talks with Iran are reaching a critical phase. If all goes well, Iran will get $7 billion in sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to roll back its nuclear program. But much to President Barack Obama’s consternation, the Senate is considering new Iranian sanctions. P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesperson and a professor at George Washington University, examines the power struggle between the White House and the Senate.

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Examining The Most Innovative Eras in U.S. History

The idea of standardized service for electricity and for railroads, along with the notion of "a common carrier," was once something new—and rare. In the case of railroads, establishing train lines as "common carriers" set the stage for massive transformations. It's something Edmund Phelps, economics professor at Columbia University and winner of the 2006 Nobel prize in economics, thinks brought in one of the most innovative eras of American history—a time we stand to learn a few lessons from.

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Today's Highlights | January 15, 2014

On Today's Show: Congress finally revealed the new spending deal. This deal comes in at just over $1 trillion dollars...The National Security Agency has access to almost 100,000 computers around the globe. And it's able to spy on these computers and attack them even when they're not hooked up to the internet...Author and journalist David Satter was expelled from Russia this week after attempting to renew his visa. Satter is the first journalist to be banned from Russia since the Cold War over two decades ago.

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