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8:45am

Thu June 2, 2011
Opinion

The Root: Find A (Real) Reason For The Whine

From government spending to a next door neighbor, complaints are an everyday occurrence. However, some aren't sure if there's a valid reason behind the grievances.
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John McWhorter is a regular contributor to The Root.

It's all about this business of "contesting." And it's about all of us.

One thing we all know is that if Cornel West actually met Barack Obama alone in a room — and we can be sure this will happen one day, and likely more than once — he would embrace him and call him brother.

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8:41am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dip; Retail Sales Soft

There was a slight decline in the number of Americans who filed first-time claims for jobless benefits last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It said that 422,000 claims were filed, vs. 428,000 the week before.

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8:26am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

In Tripoli: A 'Sense Of Abandonment'

After arriving in Tripoli this week, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says she's been struck by the "sense of abandoment" in the Libyan capital.

Weeks of NATO air strikes and other allied actions aimed at stopping Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime from attacking rebels have taken a visible toll, Soraya told Morning Edition host Renee Montagne earlier today.

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7:58am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

After Sharp Drop Wednesday, Futures Hint At Better Day On Wall Street

Good morning.

There's a new study, as we just reported, that concludes the "global war on drugs has failed." It comes from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission's members include former Secretary of State George Shultz, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and others who have held top policy posts around the world.

Other stories making headlines this hour include:

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7:26am

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

'Global War On Drugs Has Failed,' Former World Leaders Say

Mexican police at the scene of a drug-related shootout in Juarez on March 21, 2010.
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"The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world," a high-powered commission whose members include former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan warns today.

The report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy goes on to recommend:

-- An end to "the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but who do no harm to others."

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