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1:11pm

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Qatar Sends Iman Al-Obeidi Back To Libya; She Raised Rape Allegations

Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who to many has become a symbol of the cruelty of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime, has been deported from Qatar back to Libya.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is in Tripoli, tells our Newscast desk that U.N. officials confirm the deportation and believe Obeidi was sent to the rebel-held eastern Libyan city of Benghazi today. It isn't clear how long Obeidi had been in Qatar or exactly why she was sent to Libya.

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12:49pm

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller To Be NBC News' Chief Digital Officer

Vivian Schiller.
Stephen Voss

Vivian Schiller, NPR's CEO until controversies led to her departure in March, is joining NBC News to be its chief digital officer, the network just confirmed.

In a statement, NBC said she "will lead the digital strategy for both NBC News and MSNBC."

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12:45pm

Thu June 2, 2011
The Two-Way

China Denies Accessing High Profile Gmail Accounts

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

China fired back today after Google alleged it had disrupted a Chinese campaign to attain the passwords of hundreds of Gmail users including senior U.S. government officials and Chinese activists.

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12:31pm

Thu June 2, 2011
It's All Politics

White House Counsel Bauer Exits, Replaced By Career Prosecutor

President Obama's top lawyer, Bob Bauer, is leaving the White House to return to his law firm, Perkins and Coie.

Bauer isn't leaving Obama's orbit completely, however. He will advise Mr. Obama's reelection campaign and serve as the president's personal lawyer.

He'll be replaced by a veteran prosecutor, Kathleen Ruemmler. She has spent most of her career at the Justice Department.

She started out handling drug and crime cases in Washington D.C. then then took on a leading role in the prosecution of former Enron executives.

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12:00pm

Thu June 2, 2011
Law

Thousands Of Prisoners May Be Eligible For Early Release

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently said that a 2010 federal law that lowers prison sentences for crack cocaine offenses should be applied to inmates already in prison. That means nearly 12,000 prisoners could be released early, a vast majority of which are black. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is hearing testimony now. Host Michel Martin discusses these new developments with two people who have testified before the commission — Michael Nachmanoff is a public defender in Virginia and Christopher Chiles is the Chairman of the board for the National District Attorneys Association.

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