November 30, 2010 To be sure, the FBI did provide a van and the fake explosives that were supposed to terrorize the crowds that had gathered the day after Thanksgiving for the annual lighting of the tree in downtown Portland -- but providing the means to do something isn't enough for entrapment.
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November 30, 2010 David Geyer of the State Department tells NPR's Guy Raz about the history of terminology for a diplomatic message. When did "cable" become a noun for a packet of information from abroad? What term preceded it? When did "cables" actually start being used, and when did that method of transmission cease? (If, in fact, it has ceased in this digital age.)
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November 30, 2010 NPR's Guy Raz talks to Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the National Security Archive, about what the cables released by WikiLeaks mean to historians.
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November 30, 2010 An investment offer pitched to several thousand Canadians and Americans in 2008 on a traveling investment infomercial/seminar circuit has gone terribly wrong. Several companies offered buyers what they pitched as an opportunity to take advantage of the foreclosure crisis: buying foreclosed homes at low prices and then collecting payments on a rent-to-own basis from people who would live in those houses. Legal documents show about 1,200 properties across the Midwest were sold to investors from the U.S. and Canada, but deeds were rarely transferred.
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November 30, 2010 Last week, FBI agents arrested a 19-year-old man, accused of trying to detonate what he thought were explosives at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland. But the bomb was a fake, given to the suspect by undercover federal agents. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to the mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, who didn't know about the sting operation because five years ago, Portland became the first U.S. city to opt out of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
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November 30, 2010 Among the cables obtained by WikiLeaks are several that point to the State Department's directive to embassy staff to collect human intelligence on foreign diplomats, including biometric information. NPR's Guy Raz talks to Stephanie Schuckers, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University, about how one might go about collecting biometric information.
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The gymnasium at San Quentin State Prison, shown in this June 14, 2007, photo, was filled with nearly 400 double-bunked inmates because of crowded conditions.
November 30, 2010 The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that pits California's right to run its prisons against the Constitution's guarantee that those behind bars get basic minimum medical care.
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November 30, 2010 A new report by the Pentagon says repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy would have no long-term impact on the military's effectiveness. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters Tuesday that most concerns associated with repealing the 17-year-old ban on gays serving openly could be addressed through increased training and education. For more, host Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
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November 30, 2010 While Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the leaks "tear at the fabric" of our government, the defense secretary says all nations know the U.S. "leaks like a sieve" and will still deal with America.
November 30, 2010 The defense secretary also urges the Senate to pass a repeal of the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the military before the end of the year.
November 30, 2010 Sources tell the wire service that the study concludes there might be some disruption in the military at first, but no widespread or long-lasting problems.
President Obama as he arrived at today's event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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November 30, 2010 The president met with Congressional leaders at the White House -- the first such gathering since the midterm elections.
How'd that get there?
November 30, 2010 In Cranston, R.I., authorities don't know who authorized hundreds of stop signs on the city's streets.
November 30, 2010 Valerie Burd kept the gunman calm and acted as a liaison with authorities. None of the hostages were hurt. The gunman shot himself as police drew near.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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November 30, 2010 By saying that his motives include bringing down U.S. administrations, he could be giving the Justice Department some of the evidence it needs to prosecute, famed First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams says.
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