Some argue that it is unfair to criticize the Pope for his response to sexual abuse in the church so far. But David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, believes that Pope Francis can do more to prevent abuse and punish predators.
You don't need Time Magazine to tell you that Pope Francis is undoubtedly one of the most influential people of 2013. Count Sister Simone Campbell as one of those fans. She’s the Executive Director of NETWORK a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.
It's been a strong year for soccer in America. But is it enough to raise the profile of the game and gain popularity here in the States? Grant Wahl, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, weighs in.
Have I peaked? It might seem like a depressing question, but Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, believes it’s a worthy one. What is there to do when we think we’ve reached our zenith? May makes the case for reflecting on our peak.
This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on median household income levels for every community across America. The Takeaway set out to find ordinary "median earners" from different Census tracts around the county—folks whose household income matches the median for their neighborhoods. Javes Cruthird of Florida; Tim Wood of Massachusetts; Margaret McGlynn of North Dakota; and Tanya Lundberg of Michigan, join The Takeaway to describe what it's like to live in the middle.
Yesterday, a panel of presidential advisers released its recommendations on the NSA's mass data collection program. The panel urged President Barack Obama to end the government's systematic collection of logs of all Americans' phone calls and refrain from tapping into any commercial or private efforts to collect data. David Sanger, National Security Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, helps unpack the report.
There are all too many endangered species in the wild and precious little money devoted to conservation. So if you had to choose, how would you do it? Not surprisingly, it turns out that animals deemed cute yield bigger donations. This week, NationalGeographic.com is exploring our ideas of conservation in a series called “Last of the Last.” Christine Dell’Amore, news editor for NationalGeographic.com, discusses how we choose which animals to save.
Last night’s Mega Millions lottery prize hit $636 million. Imagine that you won hundreds of millions of dollars. What would you do with that money? One study shows that many people who win between $50,000 and $150,000 end up going bankrupt. So is coming into so much money so fast a blessing—or a curse in disguise? Susan Bradley, executive director of the Sudden Money Institute, explains the biggest downfalls winners experience.
Over this past year, there were increases in both high-end jobs and low-end service jobs. But the types of jobs that so many Americans rely on—those in the middle market—just aren’t being created. And if that doesn’t change soon, it could spell danger for the economy in 2014 and beyond. Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine, lays out the problem—and how it might be solved.
NSA officials are mulling a possible amnesty for leaker Edward Snowden. In exchange for the safe return of the rest of the documents he took from the NSA, Snowden could come back to the U.S. and avoid prosecution. The White House yesterday said that it opposes amnesty, while officials in the NSA are split. One supporter of an amnesty deal is Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican representing California's Fourth District, who joins The Takeaway to discuss a possible deal.
Though Detroit seems to be in dire straights with its recent bankruptcy filing, there might actually be another piece of America that’s even worse off: Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is facing massive debt, a potentially crippling bond ratings cut, a gaping hole in its massive pension fund, and a towering unemployment rate bolstered by federal entitlements. Ingrid Vila, chief of staff to Puerto Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, joins us to discuss Puerto Rico's options.
Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine recently released a study arguing that memories can be passed on through DNA. It’s the latest piece in a growing body of evidence for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, and if it’s right, it could change the way we act in our everyday lives.
In 2008, Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act, which mandated that railroad companies install positive train control—a technology that automatically detects excessive speeding and other human error, and might have been able to prevent or mitigate the damage from the Metro North train crash this weekend. James Oberstar, former chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as Stuart Silverstein, assistant editor at FairWarning.org, explain what's next in train safety.
So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.
Subprime auto loans are helping to drive the highest rate of new car sales since 2007. But just like the subprime loans that drove the housing bubble collapse before the recession, these loans can cause trouble for consumers and the economy in general. Chris Kukla, senior vice president at the Center for Responsible Lending, joins The Takeaway to lay out the situation.
President Barack Obama announced yesterday insurance companies can reinstate healthcare plans that were cancelled, or maintain existing plans that would otherwise have been cancelled by January 1st. But maintaining plans that would otherwise be deemed substandard could add additional complications for insurance companies. Julie Appleby, Reporter for Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to break down this policy shift.
While it is illegal for employers to reject applicants solely because they may have a criminal record, the practice is widespread. Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines.com, recently wrote an article for The Nation called "Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life." He joins The Takeaway to discuss why our society should be interested in the employment of people with a criminal history and the positive effects it could have.
There are all sorts of humanitarian and relief efforts that happen in hard-hit countries after disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. But not all disasters have equally damaging effects. The storm surge from Typhoon Haiyan reached as high as 23 feet and in some places sea water churned up by the storm far exceeded that. James K. Mitchell, a professor of geography at Rutgers University, joins The Takeaway to explain how storm surge makes natural disasters riskier.
In May, Missouri's state legislature passed a bill that would nullify all federal gun laws, which Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed. But on Wednesday, the legislature convenes again—and it looks like there are enough votes to override that veto. Republican Representative Jay Barnes voted against the bill in May. He joins The Takeaway to discuss why he voted against it and the consequences it could have if passed.
Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on military action in Syria. Before the Senate Committee vote, Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon’s 5th Congressional District came out in opposition of unilateral U.S. action against Syria. Congressman Schrader joins us from Canby, OR to discuss his views on the issue.