January 4 - The GOP Candidates and God's Plan; The Backlash Against Putin; An Analysis of What is in the NDAA

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We begin with the invocation of God in the Republican primaries where both the winners and losers in Iowa made election night speeches attributing America’s freedom and greatness to God and their political purpose, guidance and fortunes to the will of God. Frederick Clarkson, the author of “Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy” joins us to discuss the threat posed by Romney and Santorum to the separation of church and state that John F. Kennedy stated as an absolute in the 1960 presidential campaign. clarkson

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Then we look into the growing opposition in Russia to Putin’s prolonged rule as demonstrations against the regime and the electoral fraud carried out by the ruling United Russia party are growing ahead of the March 2012 presidential elections. Daniel Treisman, the author of “The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev” joins us to shed light on an enigmatic country that emerged 20 years ago from the collapse of the Soviet Union, as an unruly democracy that Putin has since transformed into an authoritarian capitalist state.

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Then finally we try to determine what is in the National Defense Authorization Act President Obama recently signed into law accompanied by a signing statement. With civil libertarians on one side convinced it opens the door to an American police state, and on the other side an overwhelming majority of the Senators and Congressmen who signed it, insisting it protects the rights of American citizens and legal residents, we examine the bill’s contents with Dahlia Lithwick, a contributing editor at Newsweek and a senior editor and legal correspondent at Slate, where she specialized in covering the Supreme Court and judicial issues.

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