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Obama's Farewell, Russian Secrets and Trump, Military Brutality

January 10, 201747 min
Coming up on today's show:
Barack Obama delivered his final speech as president from his home city of Chicago on Tuesday night. Though he offered hope for the future, the violence plaguing the Windy City lurked in the shadows of his address. Ja’Mal Green, a community organizer and activist in Chicago, weighs in. 
Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil and President-elect Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, will testify before the Senate during a confirmation hearing today. Suzanne Maloney, a former Middle East advisor for ExxonMobil and currently the deputy director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, explains why Tillerson should be confirmed. 
An explosive but unsubstantiated report on Donald Trump and his ties to Russia is raising new questions about the president-elect’s connections to the Kremlin. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Endrew V. Douglas County School District, a suit brought by a Colorado couple who claim their autistic son was not provided an adequate education in the public school system. Wayne Steedman, a senior partner with The Steedman Law Group, has over 24 years of experience as a special education attorney and examines the case.
On Tuesday, Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for killing nine worshippers at the Emanuel AME Church. Meg Kinnard, legal affairs reporter for the Associated Press in South Carolina, discusses Roof's sentence and explains how family members are reacting. 
A two and a half year investigation by The Intercept reveals a pattern of violence and abuse employed by the widely praised Seal Team 6 — the unit responsible for killing Osama bin Laden in 2011. For details on this story we turn to Matthew Cole, a reporter for The Intercept.

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