July 30, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 94

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Topics: Big Ideas in U.S. Reform – Measuring government performance; Arms control; Libya crisis. People: Bill and Persephone. Produced: July 27, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Big Idea: Can government programs’ performance be measured objectively — or is it inherently political?
- Should the U.S. and its NATO allies completely stop selling and giving weapons to other governments, especially repressive ones?
- Is a general from Virginia about to become the next dictator of Libya? Should the U.S. pick a side?

Part 1 – Measurement:
Part 1 – Measurement – AFD 94
Part 2 – Arms Sales:
Part 2 – Arms Sales – AFD 94
Part 3 – Libya Crisis:
Part 3 – Libya Crisis – AFD 94

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Segment 1

- AFD: Should government programs be funded Moneyball-style?
- NYT: The Quiet Movement to Make Government Fail Less Often
- AFD: In Mass., Goldman wants in on prison profit stream
- AFD: United State of Unemployment

Segment 2

- AFD: UK has a real arms sales problem on its hands
- Middle East Monitor: Kerry says US will deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt soon

Segment 3

- AFD: US embassy staff moved out of Libya
- AFD: Meanwhile in Libya
- Previously on the show: July 2013 debate on types of U.S. involvement in Syria

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July 23, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 93

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Topics: Big Ideas in U.S. Reform — Is health care a human right? Central American unaccompanied children. People: Bill, Nate, Greg. Produced: July 20, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Is health care a fundamental human right? Why or why not?
- What should be done about the wave of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States from Central America without permission?

Part 1 – Health care:
Part 1 – Health care – AFD 92
Part 2 – Unaccompanied children:
Part 2 – Unaccompanied children – AFD 93

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- AFD: Central American toddlers are existential threat to USA, say militias
- AFD: Unaccompanied minors forced to defend themselves in court

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July 16, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 92

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The Big Ideas for Reforming American Governance episode. Topics: gerrymandering, constitutional amendment conventions, interstate compacts. People: Bill, Nate, Persephone. Produced: July 13, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- How should Congressional districts be drawn?
- Should the states exercise their option to request a national convention to discuss constitutional amendments?
- Can some U.S. policy problems be solved through interstate compacts instead of state-only or Federal-only approaches?

We’re piloting a new concept on this week’s episode for future segments. All three segments this week are examples. Please email us or contact us on social media to let us know what you think.

Part 1 – Gerrymandering:
Part 1 – Gerrymandering – AFD 92
Part 2 – Amendment Convention:
Part 2 – Convention – AFD 92
Part 3 – Sectional Interstate Compacts:
Part 3 – Interstate Compacts – AFD 92

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Segment 1

- PBS Newshour: Judge rules Fla. Legislature broke laws on congressional district maps
- AFD: Democrats need to focus on state legislatures (or stay doomed)

Segment 2

- AFD: Amending The Constitution: The National Convention Option?
- The Atlantic: “A Real Step to Fix Democracy” by Lawrence Lessig

Segment 3

- Book: “American Nations” by Colin Woodard
- Wikipedia: Interstate compact
- Wikipedia: Compact Clause
- Wikipedia: Driver License Compact

Correction Note: In the third segment, Bill incorrectly listed the states in the Delaware River Basin compact. They are Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

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July 9, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 91

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Topics: NSA foreign political surveillance, students challenge voter IDs under 26th Amendment, Hobby Lobby ruling. People: Bill, Persephone, Sasha. Produced: July 6, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Is it wrong for the NSA to spy on non-allied governments and foreign politicians?
- Are state voter ID laws unconstitutional under the 26th Amendment (the right to vote at age 18)?
- What are the implications of the Hobby Lobby ruling?

Part 1 – NSA:
Part 1 – NSA – AFD 91
Part 2 – 26th Amendment:
Part 2 – 26th Amendment – AFD 91
Part 3 – Hobby Lobby:
Part 3 – Hobby Lobby – AFD 91

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Segment 1

- NDTV: US Hopes National Security Agency Surveillance on BJP Not to Impact Bilateral Ties
- AFD: Australia was spying on Indonesia

Segment 2

- NYT: College Students Claim Voter ID Laws Discriminate Based on Age

Segment 3

- Politico: Supreme Court rulings 2014: SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control
- Mother Jones: Are You There God? It’s Me, Hobby Lobby
- FAIR: The Deeply Held Religious Principle Hobby Lobby Suddenly Remembered It Had
- NBC: Female justices issue searing dissent over new contraceptive case

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July 2, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 90

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Topics: Buffer zones, search and seizure, recess appointments, and Detroit water shutoffs, plus Jameis Winston and the flaws of college athletics. People: Bill, Sasha, Persephone, Greg, Nate. Produced: June 28-30, 2014.

Discussion Points:

- Detroit begins shutting off water for thousands of poor people
- The Supreme Court rules against abortion clinic buffer zones
- The Supreme Court rules that cell phone searches require warrants
- The Supreme Court blocks President Obama’s unconstitutional recess appointments
- Is Jameis Winston everything that’s wrong with college athletics in America — but not the way people think?

Part 1 – Supreme Court:
Part 1 – Supreme Court – AFD 90
Part 2 – Detroit Water Shutoffs:
Part 2 – Detroit – AFD 90
Part 3 – Jameis Winston:
Part 3 – Jameis Winston – AFD 90

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Segment 1

- Reuters: U.S. high court curbs state limits on abortion clinic protests
- AFD: Supreme Court says cell searches require warrants
- Flashback to Salinas v. Texas (2013) on “right to remain silent”
- NYT: High Court Finds Against Obama in Recess Case
- Previous coverage on AFD Radio – Recess appointments case: AFD Ep 36 (Jan 29 2013)

Segment 2

- Detroit News: Groups seek UN aid for Detroit water shut-offs
- Rep. John Conyers: Detroit’s Water Cutoffs: Counterproductive and Coldhearted
- Michigan Radio: Welfare rights group backs UN criticism over Detroit water shutoffs
- CityLab: Outraged Canadians Report the Detroit Water Authority to the UN for Human-Rights Violations
- Michigan Live: U.N. panel calls Detroit water disconnection ‘violation of international human rights’

Segment 3

- Deadspin: Who Does Jameis Winston Think He Is—Joe Namath?
- Deadspin: FSU Athlete Explains Why Jameis Winston Allegedly Stole Food

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June 22, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 89

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Topics: Washington NFL trademark, U.S. oil royalties for American Indians, Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan, and US/Iran in Iraq. People: Bill and Nate.

Discussion Points:

- Continued U.S. oppression of American Indians
- Will Iraqi Kurdistan declare independence with Turkey’s support?
- Should the US and Iran work together in Iraq?

Part 1 – Washington NFL trademark & American Indian policies:
Part 1 – Washington NFL – AFD 89
Part 2 – Turkey/Kurdistan:
Part 2 – Kurdistan – AFD 89
Part 3 – Iran in the Iraq Crisis:
Part 3 – Iraq – AFD 89

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Segment 1

- Nate’s AFD Essay: “Washingskins”
- Greg’s AFD Essay: What took so long? Washington NFL team loses trademark for racial slur.
- DOI: Interior Considers Procedures to Reestablish a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community
- DOI: Interior Announces Improved Valuation Method for Oil Produced on American Indian Lands

Segment 2

- AFD: Iraqi Kurdish PM calls for Sunni autonomy; Will Kurds leave Iraq?

Segment 3

- WSJ: Secret U.S. Plan to Aid Iraq Fizzled Amid Mutual Distrust
- AFD: Iran Supreme Leader not keen on working with US on ISIS

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June 15, 2014 – Arsenal For Democracy 88

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Topics: California teacher tenure ruling, Iraq-ISIS crisis. People: Bill, Persephone, Sarah, Nate.

Discussion Points:

- Why is maintaining teacher tenure and paying trained teachers more money so important?
- Just how badly did the United States screw up Iraq in 2003?

Part 1 – Teacher Tenure:
Part 1 – Teacher Tenure – AFD 88
Part 2 – Iraq/ISIS Crisis:
Part 2 – Iraq – AFD 88

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- NYT: Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California
- NYT Op-Ed: Taking On Teacher Tenure Backfires
- Guardian: “US sends aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf as Obama considers air strikes in Iraq”
- YouTube throwback: Thomas Friedman sums up the Iraq war… (5/29/2003)
- Washington Post blog: “How can the U.S. help Maliki when Maliki’s the problem?”
- AFD: “Maybe let’s stop trying to ‘help’ Iraq for a second”

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