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Wall Street Journal: FBI Facilitated Ransom Payment For Weinstein

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Adam Entous, a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, about his report on the FBI's role in arranging a ransom to al-Qaida to help free hostage Warren Weinstein.
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GOP Measure Would Make It Harder For Obama To Empty Guantanamo

One of the president's first promises in office was to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. Congress, however, is trying to shut down the effort to empty the camp of all its inmates.
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President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan.
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Hostage Deaths Call U.S. Drone Program Into Question

The unintended deaths of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike has reignited the debate over the tactic. President Obama said the program would be reviewed though it's not clear what that means.
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American Al-Qaida Member Killed In Strike Was Star Of Propaganda Videos

The White House said Thursday that anti-terror operations inadvertently killed two American members of al-Qaida, Adam Gadahn and Ahmed Farouq, in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.
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Obama Takes Full Responsibility For Death Of Hostages In U.S. Strike

The White House disclosed that two hostages, including an American citizen, were killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation against al-Qaida. It said that two al-Qaida leaders were also killed.
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U.S. Counterterrorism Operations Kill 2 Hostages Of Al-Qaida

President Obama announced that a U.S. drone strike killed two hostages held by al-Qaida: one American and one Italian. Separate operations also killed two U.S. citizens who were members of al-Qaida.
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U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

Two Americans who worked for al-Qaida were also killed in the counterterrorism operations in January, the White House said. The two hostages killed included an Italian who had been held since 2012.
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Congressional Battle Brews Over Bill To Extend NSA Data Collection

A key provision in the USA Patriot Act that allows the NSA to collect and store bulk phone records is set to expire June 1. Senate GOP leaders are pushing to renew that provision for another 5 years.
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National Guard Members Struggle To Keep Civilian Careers

National Guard soldiers live in two worlds: They can be deployed in a crisis, but must support themselves and their families with civilian jobs. That's made harder by the guard's unpredictable needs.

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