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It’s the two year anniversary of Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy but what have we learned? No one is talking about the two year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, probably because we haven’t learned much. Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks explained why it looks like we haven’t really fixed anything. He argued that we shouldn’t buy into the bailouts or no bailouts paradigm because there’s another option: having the taxpayers benefit from the profits rather than the CEOs.

Then, there's a new offensive underway in Afghanistan. Find out from Matthew Hoh what changes we can expect to see. It seems that the seemingly endless postponement of an offensive in Kandahar has ended. The LA Times reported that hundreds of US and Afghan troops pushed into the militant-dominated areas west of Kandahar. Matthew Hoh, a former US State Department official explained that the US hasn’t had much success in Marjah and a large percent still see the Taliban as their government. So if the Marjah offensive didn’t work, why would the government want to push ahead in Kandahar? Hoh said it is because there’s a lot of pressure for it to be a success.

Next, as US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki is placed on the CIA assassination list, the Obama administration is considering pressing charges against him if he is not killed. What is the Obama Administration thinking? In his piece, Salon’s Glenn Greenwald used Alice in Wonderland as a perfect analogy, of offering a sentence first and a verdict later. Glenn discussed the case and the expanding powers of US government.

Then, 9/11 first responders are taking action into their own hands. Those people who worked to try and rescue victims of the attacks are facing continued health ailments and are taking the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act back to Congress. RT correspondent Kristine Frazao explained that the bill has been turned down once before and was called a slush fund by some, but the first responders are back in Washington reminding Congress that they still need help.

These days, when you hear the word domestic terrorist, environmental activists probably don’t come to mind. But documents recently leaked show the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has been tracking anti-gas drilling groups and their meetings, including a public screening of the film, GASLAND, a documentary about the environmental hazards of natural gas drilling. Why is the government so scared of these people they call eco-terrorists over cases of vandalism? Will Potter, founder of the blog Green Is The New Red, argued that the issue had been created to be a bunch of hype around the country and to justify their Homeland Security jobs rather than focusing on bigger issues.