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Europe

Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February 2014, says, "I've never seen [Putin] devote a speech to the necessity of reuniting Crimea with Russia. That came only recently."

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Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine
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Friday

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Pop Culture

Comedian Maria Bamford Finds Humor In Uncomfortable Topics

The star of the new Netflix series Lady Dynamite has used comedy to address her serious struggles with OCD, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Originally broadcast July 18, 2013.

Comedian Maria Bamford Finds Humor In Uncomfortable Topics
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Movie Reviews

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress

In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.

'Weiner' Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress
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Thursday

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Politics

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates

New Yorker writer Jane Mayer discusses conservative activist James O'Keefe's latest botched sting operation, and the new kind of political opposition research O'Keefe pioneered.

In New Political Warfare, 'Armies Of Video Trackers' Swarm Candidates
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Television

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television
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Wednesday

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Author Interviews

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan
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Book Reviews

4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading
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