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Paul Proposes Cutting Pakistan Aid to Help Release bin Laden Informant

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to introduce legislation to cut all aid to Pakistan until the foreign country releases a physician who assisted the U.S. in killing Osama bin Laden.

According to reports, Dr. Shakil Afridi worked with U.S. intelligence officials to run a number of a fake hepatitis B vaccine programs in order to prove the terrorist leader lived in the Abbottabad compound.

Last week, a Pakistani court sentenced Afridi to 33 years in prison for treason under tribal law.

“Pakistan must understand that they are choosing the wrong side. They accuse Dr. Afridi of working against Pakistan, but he was simply helping the U.S. capture the head of al Qaida. Surely Pakistan is not linking their interests with those of an international terrorist organization,” Paul said in a statement.

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Kentucky Author Forum

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid

The final Kentucky Author Forum of the 2011-12 season took place on May 15, 2012 and featured journalist Ahmed Rashid, an authority on the Taliban, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Rashid is author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of the region to explain what the future there may hold.

He was interviewed by Clarissa Ward, who was named CBS News Foreign Correspondent in Oct. 2011.  Previously, with ABC News, she spent time embedded with the Marines in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. In April, 2012, she earned a Peabody Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards given for outstanding work in electronic media, for her series of reports from inside Syria for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

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Here and Now

Obama’s Vision for Military, Relations with Pakistan, Bullitt County Sewage Spill, Richard Cordray’s Presidential Appointment: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, President Obama today spelled out his vision of the military in the years ahead, driven by the push to cut Pentagon spending by at least $450 billion dollars over the next decade. Obama will likely draw fire for spelling out that the U.S. military will not be expected to carry out two sustained ground wars at one time, as past military strategies have laid out. Washington Post military reporter Greg Jaffe will tell us more.

1:12pm: Pakistan relations may seem at their lowest ebb, but regional expert Adil Najam says they are likely to get much worse over this year. The immediate causes? Both countries are in the midst of political seasons, there is the planned U.S. withdrawal from neighboring Afghanistan, and the weakness of the world economy, which has had a severe impact on Pakistan. But Najam says the deeper reason behind the worsening relationship is the fact that both sides have been dishonest to each other for many years. He joins us to explain why he thinks both parties need to start making more realistic promises to each other.

1:35pm: A sewage spill in Bullitt County has left a creek polluted and neighbors upset. They say this isn’t the first time, and the state can’t do enough about it. WFPL’s Erica Peterson has more about the spill, and the limitations of the state’s older treatment plants.

1:40pm: President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has drawn criticism from Republicans. They say the Senate was actually in pro-forma session yesterday, not in recess. On the campaign trail today, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said Obama overstepped his authority by not getting approval from the Senate, saying “You are not above the law, Mr. President.” Ed O’Keefe, who writes The Federal Eye blog for the Washington Post, joins us to talk about the controversy and Cordray’s plans for the Bureau.

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Here and Now

Improving Relations Between India & Pakistan, Bureaucracy in Higher Education, Film Compares Coal Shortage in 1980s Wales to Modern Appalachia: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Today Pakistan agreed to normalize trade relations with India when Pakistan’s cabinet granted ‘Most Favored Nation’ status to its neighbor. Indian granted MFN status to Pakistan in the 90’s, but Pakistan did not reciprocate.

1:12pm: From 1975 to 2005, the costs of attending public universities in the U.S. have tripled. Benjamin Ginsberg argues that much of the cause is administrative bloat. Ginsberg writes that since the 1970s the number of administrative staffers has risen by 235%, while the number of faculty and students has increased by about 50%.

1:35pm: The coalfields of Appalachia are running out of coal, and there’s not a large-scale effort to diversify the region’s economy. But there are lessons to be learned from a similar transition in an unlikely place: the small United Kingdom country of Wales. Now, a documentary filmmaker is exploring parallels between 1980s Wales and modern-day Appalachia. WFPL’s Erica Peterson spoke with Tom Hansell and joins us with a report.

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Drone Technology Goes Global, Pakistan Charged with Supporting the Taliban, Mary Todd Lincoln’s Commitment Papers: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: A BBC investigation finds that Pakistan is secretly supporting the Taliban, training fighters who attack American forces in Afghanistan. US military personnel have made similar charges against Pakistan recently. We’ll get the story.

1:12pm: The US is aggressively using drones against insurgents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s also used armed drones in the hunt for Al Qaeda in places like Yemen. But the technology is now going global, as countries like China and Iran test them for their own use, and for sale. We’ll find out who else wants the technology.

1:35pm: The Frazier History Museum illuminates a darker period in the life of Mary Todd Lincoln — her commitment to a mental institution.

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Here and Now Local News

Thursday Here and Now: Oaks and Derby, Bullying, and Time to Cut Pakistan Loose?

Here’s some of what we’re getting ready for today’s show:
What Does Bin Laden’s Death Mean For The Afghan War & US Military? Defense analyst and author Tom Ricks says because Osama Bin Laden was found hiding in plain sight in Pakistan “the jig is up” and the U.S. should curtail relations with Pakistan. We’ll explore the consequences of that with him.

Three high school students are expected to accept plea arrangements today in a Massachusetts courtroom in the case of Phoebe Prince. We’ll look at what’s going on in state capitols around the country to stop bullying.

We’ll also look ahead to Oaks and Derby. And a memoir of homesteaders who wanted to get away from it all, but couldn’t leave their family problems behind.