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Need to Know, November 25, 2011: Resisting Alabama’s immigration crackdown

Scott Simon hosts this week’s edition of Need to Know, which explores the nation’s struggle with immigration reform through the through the lens of Alabama’s controversial new law.

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Video: Alina Das on changing federal immigration laws

Scott Simon interviews NYU law professor Alina Das, an advocate for immigrant rights, on what needs to be done to reform our federal immigration policy.

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Poll: Illegal immigration

What do you think should be done with illegal immigrants? Vote in our poll.

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Need to Know, November 18, 2011: The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

This week, Need to Know shines a light on the debate over the Pentagon’s budget, exploring whether the $700 billion defense budget can be cut and, if so, how and by how much.

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Thomas Donnelly on sparing the Pentagon budget

Thomas Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute argues that the Pentagon’s budget should be spared the kind of major cuts being made to federal spending across the board.

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Poll: The future of defense spending

What do you think should be done with the Pentagon’s budget?

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Video: Looking home

This series of poignant portraits offers an intimate glimpse of U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan as they communicate with friends and family at home.

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Need to Know, November 11, 2011: Coming home: The enduring sacrifice

For Veteran’s Day, Need to Know dedicates the entire half-hour to exploring the economic and emotional difficulties many U.S. troops face once they return home.

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Video: American Voices: Mopping up

In our “American Voices” series, Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is now serving in Afghanistan. He says her job is like her son’s: they both clean up the mess left by others.