December 16th Show

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hide captionSen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) speaks to reporters about the health care reform bill being debated in the Senate.

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Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) speaks to reporters about the health care reform bill being debated in the Senate.

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Political Junkie and Gay Marriage
NPR's political junkie Ken Rudin talks about the week in political news, including the final stretch for the Senate health care bill, the appearance of millions of emails from the Bush White House, and the vote to legalize gay marriage in the nation's capitol.

Pakistan
Ted Koppel, NPR News Analyst and the former anchor for ABC News Nightline, and David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, examine tensions within the U.S. — Pakistan alliance in waging the war on terrorism.

Readiness for War
How do you define "readiness" when it comes to war? Roman Skaskiw served as an infantry officer with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. In an opinion blog written for The New York Times, he writes that "war may be hell, but getting ready to deploy is a battle all its own." Skaskiw explains the process of preparing to go into a combat zone.

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