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CNN Radio News Day: January 7, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama with John Brennan at a briefing on December 14th. Mr. Obama nominated Brennan for CIA Director January 7th.
January 7th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 7, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • In Washington Monday, President Obama announced nominations for two key posts – former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as his choice for Secretary of Defense, and John Brennan to become the next director of the CIA.  Hagel's a known name in Washington circles, but one drawing criticism for his previous stances on some international issues.   Brennan might not be as well-known to many.  But CNN senior national security producer Pam Benson says he's had the President's ear for the past four years:

"He's often the one who picks up the phone or walks into the Oval Office, any time day or night,  to inform the President of a calamity.  Whether it's a terrorist strike overseas...a mass shooting in the homeland.  Whatever it is, he's usually the one that brings the news."         FULL POST

Confronting criminals slows murders in NYC
Derick Scott in front of "Save our Streets Crown Heights" in Brooklyn, a sign keeping track of how many days have gone by without a shooting.
January 7th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Confronting criminals slows murders in NYC

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – New York ended 2012 with a historic low murder rate – 414 killings in all. It's the lowest the figure has been since police started keeping track in 1963.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives much of the credit to a combination of police tactics and some of the toughest gun laws in the country.

However, there is much more going on than stringent policing.

[3:02] "If you stake out a piece of territory like SOS has, basically a two square mile grid, we can suppress shootings here. We can lower the number of shootings here and the outreach team here has done that,” said Alan James, program manager at Save Our Streets Crown Heights, a community based project fighting gun violence in one Brooklyn neighborhood.

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