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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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President Obama is nominating former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which officially opens on Thursday. Elizabeth Warren, who created and has been leading the bureau over the past year, didn’t get the job, but some say the financial industry is just as scared of Cordray because of his record of fighting banks in Ohio. We’ll look over his record.

There’s another resignation in the phone hacking scandal: Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner John Yates. Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks are scheduled to testify before Parliament tomorrow. We’ll talk to a BBC reporter covering the case.

And if you’ve been downtown lately, you may have noticed blue boxes (like the one in the photo to the left) hanging on light posts. They’re part of new program in Louisville that encourages people to put their spare change in the box, where it can later be distributed among programs that serve the homeless, rather than giving money to panhandlers. Ken Herndon from the Louisville Downtown Management District joins us with details about the program, how it came about, and how it’s expected to work.