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Anna Sale

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She Fought the (Tax) Law, and .. She Won

Monday, January 18, 2010

It’s W-2 time at work, and with that comes the cruel reminder that tax season will soon be upon us. But Lori Singleton-Clarke's story offers a silver lining.

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The War Over Terror in the Obama Administration

Thursday, January 14, 2010

After the failed attempt to explode a bomb on an American plane on Christmas Day, how and when President Obama responded became the focus in the avalanche of media coverage that followed. 

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Want to Be Happier in 2010? Make Your Bed.

Friday, January 01, 2010

We’ve been mulling over New Year’s resolutions all week. Today, when it is time to finally commit, we talk with someone who has sustained a goal through twelve long months. Author Gretchen Rubin joins us to talk about her book, "The Happiness Project," which chronicles her year-long effort to get happier. Her advice for day one? Make your bed.

Read an excerpt of Rubin's book here.

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New Years Celebrations from Around the World

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Today is New Year's Eve, and that means citizens of the world will be ringing in 2010 when the clock hits midnight. We're leaping through time zones with reporters from across the globe for a look at how some cities are getting ready to celebrate. Tristana Moore is a BBC Correspondent in Munich; Phil Mercer reports for the BBC from Sydney, and Anna Sale is a producer for The Takeaway in New York.  Sale called in from Times Square, where many hundreds of millions around the world will watch the ball drop at midnight EST.

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Shady Auto Warranties Running out of Gas

Monday, December 21, 2009

Advertisements for extended auto warranties are everywhere on television and in mailboxes, but some customers have been complaining that when the repair bills come due, the warranty guarantors are nowhere to be found. Consumer watchdogs are looking sharply at some of the warranty companies, and reporter Scott Graf, from WFAE in Charlotte, NC, says it looks like the boom times for bogus insurance may be ending. 

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Deep Cuts: Maryland May Shutter Rural Mental Hospital

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We begin a new series on the impacts of state budget cuts around the country – governors and legislators are making deep cuts, with effects easily felt by residents. Maryland may cut $1 billion from its budget by the end of 2009. One of the proposed cuts affects a mental hospital in a rural community along the Chesapeake Bay; the governor says closing it would save $9 million. But residents worry there will be no safety net to catch its patients. We hear from reporter Melody Simmons, from our partner WEAA in Baltimore, as well as Tanya Rider, assistant director of nursing for the Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center.

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Assessing the Obama Presidency, One Year After Election

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

It’s the first Tuesday in November, and voters in New Jersey, Virginia and cities across the country are headed to the polls. As the voting gets underway, we take a look back to this Tuesday one year ago, when Americans went to the polls and elected Barack Obama president.

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter offers his assessment of Obama's policy achievements and missteps since; and Takeaway contributor Patrik Henry Bass gives his take on how one year has changed things, as candidate-Obama became President-elect Obama.

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Obama Hits the Campaign Trail

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

President Obama hits the campaign trail this week, stumping for some vulnerable Democrats. He starts his trip fundraising among Wall Street bankers, a group the White House is simultaneously chastising. Also, with his overall approval rating down to 51 percent, how much will the president's appearances help other candidates? We speak to New York Times Washington correspondent David Kirkpatrick; Bob Hennelly, who covers New Jersey for WNYC; and Ted Mann, political reporter for New London Day in Connecticut.

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Takeout: Health Care Debate Heats Up

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins us to do some fact checking on health care reform and Medicare-cost claims from both sides of the Congressional aisle.

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China's Change on Climate

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chinese president Hu Jintao told the U.N. that climate change "has a profound impact on the survival and development of mankind," but stopped short of offering specifics on his country's plans to address the problem. Still, Chinese policy expert Taiya Smith tells us the speech is a big deal because it shows the country is moving away from pursuing development at all costs. That's good news for Henrik Fleischer, the CEO of energy technology firm Sargas, who tells about the bright future he sees for his carbon capture technology in the Chinese market. 

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Obama Considers U.S. Involvement As Afghan Casualties Mount

Monday, September 14, 2009

Five U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. As President Obama weighs the next steps for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, top members of his party are making their positions clear. The Senate’s top Democrat on military issues, Carl Levin, said on Friday that he does not support sending more troops until more Afghan forces are trained. We'll look at new pressure from lawmakers and how the president might act as we talk to Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and former State Department analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan; and Howard Hart, a retired CIA agent who worked in Afghanistan for several years.

"We lost the initiative in the last two or three years. We have to remember that the Taliban’s strategy has been from the very beginning just to outlast us. And they’re on course on that."
—Marvin Weinbaum, scholar at the Middle East Institute and former State Department analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan, commenting on the war in Afghanistan.

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Consumers Pay Off Debt at Record Rate

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Americans paid off $21.6 billion in credit card debt and other consumer loans in July. That is the biggest decline in consumer debt since 1943, when the Federal Reserve started keeping track. The Takeaway's business contributor, Louise Story, a finance reporter for the New York Times, says the economy will fundamentally change if Americans take on a new attitude about spending money they don’t have.

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Amidst Criticism, Obama to Urge Schoolkids to Work Hard

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

It has been described as a situation as messy as an 'Animal House' food fight. Obama's decision to talk directly to youngsters today at noon has provoked accusations from critics, including 'indoctrination' and 'politicking' from critics. The fever pitch has gotten high enough that the White House released the text of the speech yesterday in what appeared an attempt to calm critics. This was enough for Newt Gingrich, who said it's a "good speech" and "good for students to hear," but did this quiet the bickering masses? We talk to parents and a public school spokesperson for their impressions. We talk again with Sheri Fowler, from the Rockwall Independent School District in Texas; Brett Curtis, a father of three from Pearland, Texas; and Michael Campo from Chicago, Illinois.

"My reaction is that [the speech] sounds like something a father might say to his child. That's what my job is. I'm a parent and I feel like it's my responsibility to teach my kids the values of education and that my kid goes to school to get the education and not to be lectured by politicians."
—Brett Curtis,father of three in Pearland, Texas after reading text of the President's speech.

"I think that this president just can't cut a break. It's becoming almost offensvive at the way some people are treating [it] and disrespectful to the Office of the Presidency."
—Michael Campo, father of three in Chicago, Illinois

 

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President Obama's Cruel Summer Gets Worse

Monday, September 07, 2009

As the summer winds to a close, President Obama is facing a number of trials and tribulations that have nothing to do with the health care debate, believe it or not. His poll numbers are slipping, his embattled green-energy czar has resigned, and even his upcoming speech to school children is being called "indoctrination" by conservative groups. Sheri Fowler, spokeswoman for the Rockwall Independent School District in Texas, talks with us about why her school district is making the president's speech "optional viewing."

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Tom Ridge: Former Homeland Security Head Turns Author

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tom Ridge entered the federal government as President Bush's Homeland Security advisor, and later became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the mega-agency formed in the months after the September 11 attacks. He’s the man who brought America color-coded terror alerts, ramped-up airport security checks, and of course, a new appreciation for duct tape. We talk to him today about his experiences in the Bush administration and specifically, about a meeting that occurred just days before the 2004 election where he may have been pressured to raise the nation's security level. In his new book, The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege…and How We Can Be Safe Again, he says the internal debate left left him wondering whether a move to raise the threat level had to do with security or politics. (Click through for a full interview transcript.)

<div><p>"After 9/11, I suspect as congressmen and congresswomen made decisions, and as senators made decisions, and as other people in the government made decisions, some nature of politics ... the whole question of terrorism, became embedded in our political system."<br /> &mdash;Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on the inevitable entwining of politics and security.</p></div>

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Testing the First Amendment Online

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed. Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.”

Internet radio host Hal Turner wrote those incendiary words on his blog and landed himself in a large and very public pool of hot water. In a case that will once again test the limits of free speech protection, the Justice Department charged that the radio host had crossed the line into hate speech, and that his words were tantamount to death threats. Mr. Turner was already on trial in Connecticut criminal court for comments made against Catholic lawmakers. ...(continue reading)

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