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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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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 /> —Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on the inevitable entwining of politics and security.</p></div>
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)