• Hanging up 42: Yankees Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano talk Jackie Robinson’s enduring legacy

    Politics Confidential

    The life and legend of Jackie Robinson has been recently chronicled in the movie "42," but the first African American major league player was immortalized long before the movie. And in this episode of Politics Confidential, we caught up with two baseball players who have special connections to Jackie -- one named after him, the other the last who will ever wear his jersey number.

    The New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera, set to retire at the season’s end, is the last major league baseball player still wearing a jersey with the number 42.

    The number 42 was retired across all major league teams in honor of Robinson 1997. But Rivera, who was already wearing 42 at that time, along with other players across the league, has been allowed to wear the number until his retirement.

    “It's not only a privilege, a satisfaction, it's a responsibility,” Rivera tells Politics Confidential about being the last to wear the symbolic 42. “I accept the challenge, because what…Mr. Jackie

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  • The gun lobby that senators and congressmen are really afraid of (hint: it’s not the NRA)

    Power Players

    As the Senate moves to vote on expanding background checks for gun purchases, the Gun Owners of America lobby group has a warning for Republicans on Capitol Hill: vote against background checks or face a showdown with the GOA in the next election.

    “We'll be doubling down to make sure the House members realize that they're all up for reelection next year,” says Larry Pratt, the executive director of GOA.

    Pratt contends that voting in favor of background checks is a vote against the Second Amendment and will lead to a government registry of gun owners.

    "This is actually a vote on registering gun owners," Pratt says. "It's not a background check. The background check doesn't solve crimes, they don't prosecute under it, it's not a crime-fighting tool, but it does give the government a list of people who have guns, and they are very open in saying they are keeping the names."

    Though the background checks bill crafted by Sen. Pat Toomey (R - Pa.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D - W.

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  • The Secret Wars: The CIA’s covert mission to combat terrorism

    On the Radar

    It’s common knowledge that the United States embarked on two wars following September 11: Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, can you name a third?

    That’s the premise of Mark Mazzetti’s new book The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth.

    “There is war going on that really still is not acknowledged by the U.S., or the details certainly are not acknowledged by the US,” Mark Mazzetti tells on the Radar, referring to the CIA’s use of drones to kill individuals the U.S. government deems terrorists in places like Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

    Mazzetti refers to the CIA’s drone program as the “wars away from the big wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” and the most concentrated theatre of that war is believed to be Pakistan, where just yesterday a suspected US drone strike killed four people in the northwest region of the country--an attack that the Pakistani government has condemned as an unauthorized unilateral action by the United States.

    Despite

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