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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Archie Kirk plays in the snow as his school remains closed after the heavy snow of the last few days, in Brighton, southern England on December 3, 2010. (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty)

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA | A New Chapter for the Voting Rights Act? | Tech Giants Clash With City Residents in San Francisco | The Most Popular Super Bowl Foods | Doctor Predicted 'Agony and Horror' in Ohio Execution | The Magic of a Snow Day, Now and Then

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA

More and more signs indicate that the 2014 Olympics will be not just a showcase of Russia's security forces, but a showcase for Russian President Vladimir Putin's broader ambitions in Europe. General Wesley Clark was the NATO Supreme Commander back in the 90's. In a wide ranging conversation, General Clark says Putin's ambitions with Ukraine were apparent more than two decades ago. Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, also weighs in on the latest news coming out of Ukraine.

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A New Chapter for the Voting Rights Act?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced a new bill that takes up some of the issues identified in the Supreme Court’s June decision in Shelby Counter v. Holder. Joining The Takeaway to explain the aspects of the new bill are Erin O’Brien, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, who has been following the politics behind the proposed update to the Voting Rights Act. 

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'Agony and Horror' in Ohio Execution

The case of Dennis McGuire has raised questions about the future of death penalty execution in the United States. Ohio officials executed McGuire last Thursday, through a new, two-drug, lethal injection protocol. Eyewitness accounts indicate that McGuire suffered excruciating pain before he died. David Waisel served as an expert witness for McGuire's defense team, and he testified that McGuire would suffer "pain and agony" before he died. By all accounts, he was right.

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The Magic of a Snow Day, Now and Then

Though heavy snowfalls can conjure feelings of frustration for commuters, a bed of freshly packed snow can also bring back memories of days passed when thick snow meant a day at home from school. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, gives us some of his best snow day memories. Lester Laminack is the author of the children's book "Snow Day!" When he's not writing books he's a professor of education at Western Carolina University. He joins The Takeaway to explain how snow days bring back childhood memories.

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Today's Highlights | January 22, 2014

Also On Today's Show: A look at some of the most intriguing Super or Bowl contest entries and a discussion about the most popular Super Bowl Sunday foods...In yet another clash of cultures between tech giants and the rest of the city, San Francisco is claiming that tech companies like Google are illegally using city bus stops to transport their employees.

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