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Boston Bombing Investigation, Rights

Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Slim Chance of Moving His Trial from Boston

February 19, 2015 by

Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s multiple attempts to move his trial out of the city he’s accused of traumatizing finally got a hearing at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. The same court has told him to stay put once, by a vote of 2-1. Thursday’s arguments before the same judges didn’t seem to reveal a change in sentiment. WhoWhatWhy’s Andy Thibault reports.

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Police State, Rights, Threats to Democracy

Up for a Vote: Rejoining America’s Police State

February 19, 2015 by

Portland, Oregon, may seem like an unlikely site for a stand against the FBI-led counterterrorism task forces that have spread to more than 100 cities since 9/11. Yet the city, which prides itself on odd-man-out independence, is now voting on whether it will rejoin the feds. The question they’re considering is an important one: whether cities or states get any protection from the federally-funded operations, or are just losing their independence to a national mandate.

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Daily Roundup

Al Qaeda’s Airborne Assassins, GOP Frontrunners & Bad Cops: Feb. 17, 2015‏

February 17, 2015 by

NOW LIVE ON WhoWhatWhy American Pilot Reveals Al Qaeda’s Early Airborne Assassination Ambitions by Phil Hirschkorn Al Qaeda’s ambitions to use planes as weapons started much earlier than was previously known, according to explosive testimony given by one of the group’s first pilots. Secretly imprisoned by the U.S. for a decade, American citizen Ihab Mohamed Read More

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The plane Osama bin Laden wanted to use to kill Hosni Mubarak. Courtesy U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York
Deep Politics, War & Peace

American Pilot Reveals Al Qaeda’s Early Airborne Assassination Ambitions

February 17, 2015 by

Al Qaeda’s ambitions to use planes as weapons started much earlier than was previously known, according to explosive testimony given by one of the group’s first pilots. Secretly imprisoned by the U.S. for a decade, American citizen Ihab Mohamed Ali revealed how Osama bin Laden’s plan to kill the Egyptian president gave birth to the strategy used in the 9/11 attacks. Phil Hirschkorn reports.

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Politics, Presidential Election

The Two Biggest Powers of the American President, and Their Limits

February 16, 2015 by

The American Presidency is thought to be the most powerful position in the world. Yet a president’s power is limited to two spheres: growing the empire abroad and producing unlimited economic growth at home, according to presidential scholar Joseph Peschek. Read Joseph L. Flatley’s interview with Peschek, the inauguration of WhoWhatWhy’s 2016 presidential coverage.

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Daily Roundup

Syria’s Warrior-Democrats, Dinosaurs on Dope & Oceans of Plastic‏: Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015 by

NOW LIVE ON WhoWhatWhy The Radical Experiment in Democracy That Defeated the Islamic State in Syria by Victor Kotsev The American allies that beat back a five-month Islamic State onslaught on the Syria-Turkey border are running a bold experiment in democracy started by … terrorists. From Istanbul, Victor Kotsev examines the Kurdish warrior-democrats doing Washington’s Read More

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Daily Roundup

Breaking in Boston, The CIA’s Yemen Exit & A Portuguese Miracle‏: Feb. 12, 2015

February 12, 2015 by

NOW LIVE ON WhoWhatWhy BOSTON WRONGED: The Tsarnaev Takedown Goes To Hollywood by Joanne Potter Hollywood has never let the truth get in the way of a good story. One cop’s tale about Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture is a sterling example. Joanne Potter points out the plot holes. Appeals Court Will Hear Tsarnaev’s Change Read More

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