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Around the Nation
6:40 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Part-Time Judge Picks Laughs Over The Law

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne with an update on a joking judge. Vince Sicari presided as a part-time judge in South Hackensack, until his moonlighting as standup comic and TV actor took center stage. Because some of his characters were racist and homophobic, the state ethics committee ruled that he had to choose between laughs and the law.

He appealed but yesterday, New Jersey's Supreme Court also said: Choose. And Sicari resigned from the bench.

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Europe
6:28 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Putin Defends Italy's Former Prime Minister Berlusconi

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 6:30 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with news analysis by Vladimir Putin. Russia's president supports removing Syria's chemical weapons but denies Syria used them. And now, he's defending Silvio Berlusconi. The former Italian prime minister was convicted of paying for sex with a minor. And yesterday, Putin suggested Berlusconi was a victim of discrimination. He said Berlusconi was put on trial for living with women, and the prosecutors, quote, "wouldn't touch them if they were gay."

Law
5:10 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Holder Makes Moral Argument Against Mandatory Sentences

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

The nation's top law enforcement officer says the criminal justice system is broken. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus yesterday.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: Throughout this country, too many Americans are trapped and too many Americans are weakened by a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration.

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Africa
4:58 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Sudan Leader's Visa Request Puts U.S. In Diplomatic Bind

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 5:10 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The president of Sudan wants the U.S. to give him a visa so he can come to New York next week to attend the U.N. General Assembly. For most heads of state, no problem. But Omar al-Bashir faces arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court, accusing him of genocide and crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur region. So the question of whether to grant President Bashir a visa has put the U.S. in a diplomatic bind.

With us now is Colum Lynch. He covers the U.N. for The Washington Post and Foreign Policy.com. Good morning.

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Middle East
4:58 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Iran's New President Mounts A Charm Offensive

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 5:10 am

Hassan Rouhani ran on a promise of getting his country out from under the weight of sanctions, embargoes and other financial weapons from the West that have crippled that country's economy. Since taking office, he has been striking a more conciliatory note than his predecessor, especially toward the U.S. For more, Renee Montagne talks with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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