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The Big Three: Close Guantanamo?
May 3rd, 2013
01:16 PM ET

The Big Three: Close Guantanamo?

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below. Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the editor of the politics blog The Dean's Report and co-host of a new CNN podcast "The Big Three" that looks at the top three stories of the week. Follow him on Twitter @deanofcomedy.

(CNN) – "Terrorists use Guantanamo Bay prison to recruit new members."

Aasif Mandvi, "The Daily Show's" senior correspondent, passionately made this argument as our first guest ever on the weekly CNN podcast "The Big Three."

Mandvi thinks it's time to close Guantanamo Bay now - and I couldn't agree with him more. Should the U.S. government close Gitmo and put the prisoners not cleared for release on trial? That's the first issue in this week's episode of "The Big Three," which features CNN contributors Margaret Hoover, John Avlon and me.

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The Big Three: Do Muslims really hate terrorism?
April 26th, 2013
04:06 PM ET

The Big Three: Do Muslims really hate terrorism?

By John Avlon, CNN Contributor

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - This week on The Big Three, we tackle the George W. Bush library opening, frustration over flight furloughs (complete with congressional finger-pointing) and Dean Obeidallah's CNN.com column, "I'm a Muslim and I hate terrorism," which seems sadly necessary in the wake of Boston.

The opening of a presidential library is supposed to be a time for national unity. All the living presidents attend, standing together for a photo op and offering complimentary speeches about the newest inductee to the ex-presidents' club.

But during all the same pageantry in Dallas at the opening of Bush's library, a less civil debate on the Big Three (and across the country) was going on about 43's legacy. Margaret Hoover is a proud Bush administration alumna and attended the opening in Dallas. Dean, it is fair to say, is not a Bush fan. At all.

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