Today's Takeaways: Troops, Trigger Warnings, and The Campaign Trail

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Activists protest the surveillance of U.S. citizens by the NSA outside the Justice Department where U.S. President Barack Obama gave a major speech on reforming the NSA on January 17, 2014. (Win McNamee/Getty)

U.S. Troops Aid Nigeria's Schoolgirl Search | Russia, China and Europe's Energy Equation | Should College Material Come with a Trigger Warning? | Takeaway Listeners Weigh In on Long Distance Love | Archival Papers Show Discrimination Against Gays in Government | Dr. Ben Carson: The Next GOP Presidential Candidate? 

U.S. Troops Aid Nigeria's Schoolgirl Search

President Obama has sent 80 U.S. troops to Chad to help the Nigerian government search for more than 260 Nigerian schoolgirls, kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14th. What are the risks associated with this mission?

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Russia, China and Europe's Energy Equation

In the months since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has found herself between a rock and a hard place. And now the Russia-China gas deal could affect Europe's energy equation.

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Should College Material Come with a Trigger Warning?

The growing practice of requesting “trigger warnings” on college course material that might be disturbing to students has caused a great deal of controversy. Why are trigger warnings such a hot-button topic and how should we address them?

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Your Long Distance Love Stories

More than 3.5 million Americans are living in "commuter marriages." Hundreds of you got in touch to tell us how you're hanging in there.

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House Votes to Curb NSA Spying

The USA Freedom Act aims to stop some of the NSA’s most invasive surveillance practices. But some say the bill doesn't go far enough.

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When Gay Discrimination Was Government Policy

Unearthed memos reveal that for years the government would "lean over backwards" to fire gay staffers, who inspired "revulsion."

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Is This the Next GOP Presidential Candidate?

A handful of conservative politicians have already shown interest in running on the 2016 Republican presidential ticket. One name being brought up in many circles is Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. His new book reads like a campaign manifesto, but Carson insists that he's not running.

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