AirTalk for September 2, 2010

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Boxer and Fiorina spar in heated first debate

In their first debate last night, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer criticized Republican opponent Carly Fiorina for firing thousands of workers while the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, while Fiorina accused Boxer of being a tax-and-spend, big government liberal. Who came out stronger in the debate, and with two months until election day, how will this affect the race?
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Dodger debt: will both McCourts strike out?

Testifying at his divorce trial Wednesday, Frank McCourt maintained his claim that he is the sole owner of the LA Dodgers. His wife Jamie McCourt has submitted documents stating she co-owns the baseball franchise. Yet, financial disclosures filed in court suggest the team is so saddled with debt, that both McCourts may walk away empty handed. What’s next in the marital saga, and what will it take for the Dodgers to attract top talent?
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Liberation theology

According to Glenn Beck, President Obama is a “liberation theologist.” What exactly is liberation theology? Strictly defined it’s a movement in Christian theology which interprets the teachings of Jesus Christ in terms of liberation from poverty and unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It began as a movement within the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America in the 1950s - 1960s as a moral response to the poverty and social injustice in that region. But what does that have to do with President Obama’s political and religious ideology and how does liberation theology fit into the American political and religious landscape?
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The peace talks begin

On Wednesday President Obama began a series of bilateral meetings with the leaders of Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. The president's goal is to kick start a process that will ultimately resolve the big issues in the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict – borders, settlements, refugees, Jerusalem -- so that the implementation of a two-state solution becomes a reality. These are the first direct Middle East peace talks in 20 months and many observers are asking the question. What, if anything, makes this round more hopeful than the last?
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Has pornography heightened or hijacked our sexuality?

Today’s vastly growing porn industry, estimated to have a $96 billion global worth, has come a long way since the 1950s Playboy pinups. Over the years, the commercialization of pornography has led to the drastic objectification of women and the dehumanization of sexual relationships, according to anti-porn activist Gail Dines. And, thanks to the internet, accessing adult entertainment becomes easier each year. In her new book Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, Dines warns that our society’s porn addiction is on the rise. Has the infiltration of porn damaged our sexuality? Or just added a healthy dose of spice?
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