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Wed September 7, 2011
Law

New ATF Chief Inherits Agency Fighting For Survival

Originally published on Wed September 7, 2011 5:27 pm

B. Todd Jones, the top federal prosecutor in Minnesota, speaks during a press conference with Attorney General Eric Holder last year. Jones has been tapped as acting chief of the troubled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is fighting for its life. The agency is under pressure from Republicans in Congress after a botched gun-trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious," and the scandal has already cost the ATF leader and a top prosecutor their jobs.

Now, the Obama administration is counting on a new leader, B. Todd Jones, to try to get the agency back on track. Jones spent years as a U.S. Marine, and he's got the direct approach to prove it.

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1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Rumsfeld: Obama Has Embraced Bush's Post Sept. 11 Policies

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks draws closer, we're pointing to some of the stories being told about that day and the days since.

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1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
NPR Story

In Football, Ugly Uniforms Make A Statement

This week, University of Maryland debuted its new football uniforms — to mixed response. Robert Siegel talks with Paul Lukas who writes the "Uni Watch" column for ESPN. They discuss ugly uniforms in college football and why we're seeing so many of them.

1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: U.S. Post Office; Fingerboarding

Robert Siegel clarifies Tuesday's reporting on the U.S. Post Office's funding woes — and reads listener letters about fingerboarding.

1:00pm

Wed September 7, 2011
National Security

Terrorism, Budget Among Panetta's Challenges

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is managing two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the fight against al-Qaida.
Susan Walsh AP

Leon Panetta has been defense secretary for just over two months, and the challenges are already mounting. The biggest of all: figuring out how to keep America safe and keep putting pressure on al-Qaida — all for less money.

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