Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Afghan withdrawal plan President Obama presented last night was more aggressive than he originally envisioned. However, Mullen said, he supoorts the president's decision.
President Obama says Afghans are prepared to take the reins of power in their country as U.S. troops start pulling out. Some worry this will end progress in Afghan society, especially for women. To learn how Afghan women may be affected by Obama's announcement, host Michel Martin speaks with Samira Hamidi, country director of the Afghan Women's Network, and Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relation's Women and Foreign Policy program.
North Carolina's Eugenics Task Force is considering how to compensate thousands of victims of a state-sponsored sterilization program that lasted until the 1970s. Rationalization for eugenics ranged from protecting offspring of mentally disabled parents to improving overall health. To learn how and why N.C.'s eugenics board did what they did, host Michel Martin speaks with retired psychologist Mary Kilburn, who administered IQ tests on those deemed appropriate for sterilization by N.C.'s Social Services.
Starting July 1st, Ga. will require employers to verify all workers are legal, and police can check suspects' immigration statuses and send illegal immigrants to federal authorities. With undocumented workers reportedly fleeing Ga. by the thousands, farmers are complaining they can't find enough laborers to harvest crops. To learn more about these concerns, host Michel Martin speaks with Paul Bridges, Mayor of Uvalda, Ga., and Jeanne Bonner, who covers the state legislature for Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Now that President Obama has announced plans to reduce troops in Afghanistan, what will happen to women's rights in that country? Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Samira Hamidi, country director of the Afghan Women's Network, and Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relation's Women and Foreign Policy program.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the estate of Anna Nicole Smith in its quest to capture some of the $1.6 billion estate left behind by her late Texas billionaire husband," The Associated Press reports.