February 16th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's Talk of the Nation, the 2012 budget attacked from both sides of the aisle, the directors of Restrepo, how the shooting in Tucson has changed the gun debate, and the challenges faced by Western women reporting in the Middle East.
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February 16th Show

The January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Tucson has renewed debates over access to guns by the mentally ill and the availability of extended magazines. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Battle Over The Budget

President Obama sent his proposed budget to Capitol Hill this week and members of both parties lambasted it. Republicans complain that it doesn't cut enough — or in the right places. Many Democrats argue the spending cuts disproportionately affect the poor. On this week's Political Junkie, host Neal Conan and political editor Ken Rudin talk with the head of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND). Neal and Ken will also wrap up the week in politics: From what might be the briefest sex scandal in Congressional history to Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) announcement that he will retire and the races that news set off in Arizona and Washington.

Oscar Docs: 'Restrepo'

In the run-up to the Academy Awards, we begin our series of conversations with the directors of the five Oscar-nominated documentary films. Restrepo chronicles the deployment of 15 men into Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, which was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the military. Co-directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington wanted the film to "capture the experience of combat, boredom and fear through the eyes of the soldiers themselves." Host Neal Conan talks with the first-time filmmakers about their months embedded at the outpost and the remaining days leading up to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

How Tucson Changed The Gun Debate

Last month's shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson raised fresh questions in the gun debate. Some legislators want to ban extended magazine clips like the one allegedly used by the suspected shooter, Jared Loughner. That handgun held more than 30 bullets. Many states also want to make it more difficult for the mentally ill to buy guns.

Western Women Reporting In The Middle East

CBS News announced last night that foreign correspondent Lara Logan was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted in Cairo last week. A group of Egyptian women and soldiers stopped the assault, which occurred among the masses of protesters in the central Tahrir Square. Logan's now recovering back in the U.S. NPR's Jamie Tarabay has reported extensively in the Middle East and worked alongside Logan. Tarabay joins Neal Conan to discuss the challenges for Western women reporting in the Middle East.