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Sunday February 01, 2015

Speaking before a Senate Armed Services Committee panel this week, former head of U.S. Central Command, retired General James Mattis referred to the Middle East as a “region erupting in crises.” The hearing, called to discuss U.S. national security challenges with former top military brass providing testimony, served as a harsh rebuke of President Obama’s handling of foreign policy. We’ll discuss the fight against ISIS, the release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, the fall of Yemen, the Iranian threat and President Obama’s handling of these issues, with a panel of experts: Sen Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who led the hearing, retired four-star General Jack Keane, who testified, and former Special Middle East Coordinator, Ambassador Dennis Ross.

Common Core, the set of education standards for K-12th-grade students funded largely by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has faced increased criticism and implementation setbacks since at one point being adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. The Obama administration helped develop two online tests for states to compare results, but just 30 states have chosen to administer either test, and Common Core has become a political football creating a growing rift within the Republican party. We’ll debate Common Core’s standard’s exclusively with new Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), who vowed when running for office that he would not allow Common Core in Texas, and former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, who has been a staunch, conservative defender of Common Core.

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President Obama's foreign policy under fire

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Power Player

America’s biggest sports stage is set, as the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will kick off this Sunday. To celebrate the big game, our Power Player of the Week is Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame running back John Riggins. Chris talks with Riggins about his time with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, and how football has changed since his 14-year career in the 1970’s and 1980’s.