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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features)

The Shrinking U.S. Military | Going Greek: An Inside Look at Fraternities | Ukraine's Troubled Economy Remains Uncertain in Political Upheaval | How Will Congress Respond to Reducing Troop Numbers? | Uganda's Anti-Gay Rights Bill Threatens U.S.-Uganda Relations | Real People / Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club' and the AIDS Crisis | The Dangerous Side of Fraternities

Why the U.S. Military is Shrinking

Today, the Army has 522,000 soldiers on active duty. Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget would cut manpower even further, to somewhere between  440,000 and 450,000.

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The Dangerous Side of Fraternities

Amidst all of the tragic headlines of initiation nights gone wrong, what does it mean to be part of a brotherhood in 2014? Caitlin Flanagan, contributing editor at The Atlantic Magazine, spent more than a year going through lawsuits filed due to accidents in frat houses. She says the problem goes far beyond our traditional perception of hazing. We also talk to Mic Wilson, executive director of the national organization of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, about the good side of brotherhood.

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Meet the Real People Behind the Best Pictures: 'Dallas Buyers Club'

All this week, our series "Real People/Best Picture" looks at some of the films that are nominated for Best Picture, and talking with people who are intimately connected with the stories behind those films. Today, our subject is Dallas Buyers Club. William Waybourn was the President of the Dallas Gay Alliance in the 1980s, which served the gay community and people living with AIDS. He tells us about that time and his thoughts on the movie. 

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Today's Highlights | February 25, 2014

Also on Today's Show: What role should international institutions play in helping Ukraine's troubled economy amid the political upheaval? ... A look at how congress might respond to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's proposal to reduce troop numbers to pre-World War II levels ... Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that would further criminalize homosexuality. Will this harsh legislation jeopardize U.S.-Uganda relations?