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Wikileaks Documents Shed Light on US-Pakistani Relations

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Among the State Department cables leaked on WikiLeaks and analyzed in The New York Times were messages from the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan about the country's nuclear fuel resources. In a cable dating May 27, 2009, Amb. Anne W. Pateron reported her concern over a stockpile of highly enriched uranium, which had been sitting for years near an aging research nuclear reactor in Pakistan. There was enough to build several “dirty bombs” or, in skilled hands, possibly enough for an actual nuclear bomb.

The cables show that underneath public assurances lie deep clashes over strategic goals on issues like Pakistan’s support for the Afghan Taliban and tolerance of Al Qaida.

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Pentagon Paves Way for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

On Tuesday, the Pentagon's top leaders said the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law, which prohibits gay and lesbian armed forces members from openly admitting their sexuality, would not pose a problem if scrapped. A survey conducted among troops showed that over 70 percent wouldn't have a problem serving alongside gay troops. The poll results put new pressure on Republican opponents to repeal the law; President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to do so before adjourning in the next few weeks.

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WikiLeaks Exposes Attempted Deals to Transfer Inmates Out of Gitmo

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

While President Obama has received much criticism for failing to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp in the first year of his presidency, new classified documents released by WikiLeaks reveal the attempted dealings between the administration and other governments to try and move detainees out of the detention center. In an article in The New York Times, reporter Charlie Savage details attempted deals with Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lithuania and Albania, among other countries.

Currently 174 inmates remain at the facility: a third of them are from Yemen.

While President Barack Obama has received much criticism for failing to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in the first year of his presidency, new classified documents obtained by WikiLeaks reveal the backroom dealings between the administration and other governments to try and move detainees out of the detention center. In an article in The New York Times, reporter Charlie Savage reports on attempted deals with Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lithuania and Albania, among other countries.

Currently 174 inmates remain at the facility, and a third of them are from Yemen.

We talk with Savage about the findings in the WikiLeaks documents. And Jonathan Mahler explains why it's been so difficult for the United States to transfer the detainees and move forward with closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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Black Friday: Super Shoppers and Shopping Cynics

Friday, November 26, 2010

On Thanksgiving, many of us give thanks. On Black Friday, retailers give thanks. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year; and many stores open before dawn and remain open late into the night to capitalize on the holiday. For the past two years, the economic downturn has hurt Black Friday sales. We're checking in with a few of our listeners to see whether they're super shoppers or shopping cynics.

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Pakistanis Still Homeless From Floods Blame Government Corruption

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Millions in Pakistan are still without a home as winter quickly approaches. The BBC's Jill McGivering just returned from one of the most affected regions. McGivering reports that many of the victims say government officials are corrupt and are withholding resources, including blankets, money and shelter. But Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik tells McGivering "this is dishonesty on the part of the people."

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A Very Political Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving approaches, a holiday full of yearly traditions for families across the country. As Americans begin to prepare turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries for their Thanksgiving meals, we decided to take look at how our nation's capital celebrates this holiday. It seems that Washington lobbyists have their own special traditions in November, and the food we enjoy each Thanksgiving arrives infused with political influence. 

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Examining China's Role on an Unstable Korean Peninsula

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

After the death of two South Korean marines in a North Korean artillery attack on Tuesday, the United States has called on countries in the region to join with the U.S. in a unified diplomatic front. Since that call, China has condemned the attack and Hong Lei, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry called for "peace and stability on the Korean peninsula."

China has long been a strategic ally for North Korea, providing much needed food and humanitarian resources, but even the Chinese were taken by surprise by the attacks this week. And they seemed to be in the dark just a few days earlier when reports surfaced about North Korea's new uranium enrichment plant.

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Stay-at-Home Dad Turns Starting Quarterback

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's no more changing diapers and preparing dinner for Brian St. Pierre, who went from stay-at-home dad to starting quarterback for the North Carolina Panthers this weekend. We talk with Nando Di Fino, sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about St. Pierre's performance on the field, and how other football teams fared over the weekend.

Nando DiFino says Carolina is starting a QB who was a stay-at-home dad until 10 days ago and he (Nando) will be glued to the TV on Sunday

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Sec. Napolitano: Holiday Travel Comes With More Pat Downs

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has begun more thorough pat-downs at airport security checkpoints just weeks before holidays' heavy travel season. Many passengers have already complained of inappropriate contact and others are upset with the intimacy of the search. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explains the new search procedures and the full-body scanning machines that have been set up in airports. She and the TSA are asking passengers to be patient and cooperate.

"The vast majority of the traveling public understands that this is a safety and security measure," Napolitano said. Read a full transcript

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Detroit Listener on the Chimes of Home

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We’ve been asking Takeaway listeners to tell us what about their house makes them feel like it’s a home. What signifies "home" to you? Carl Gladstone, a listener in Detroit, downloaded our new iPhone app and sent us audio of his wind chimes - the sound he says represents home to him.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's Wedding: An Economic Boon for Britain?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

At a time when citizens in Britain are bracing for sharp spending cuts, Prince William, the heir to the throne, proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. Many Britons hope the upcoming wedding will be a boost to the country's economy, with people in industries ranging from tourism to fashion and food retail reaping the financial benefits of the media storm. But some economists say royal weddings do not bring as much revenue they once did. We talk with Gillian Tett, a managing editor of the Financial Times, about the tourism revenue the wedding could bring in.

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Preparing for the Hajj: More Than Packing Your Bags

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today marks the third and most important day of the Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage that has drawn as many as three million Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The four-day trip is arduous, packed with rituals and prayers. Most pilgrims begin planning for the trip up to six months in advance and set aside around $2,000 to make the journey. Some are encouraged to get in good physical shape, build their immune system, prepare a will, and go through counseling so they are mentally prepared.

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Cigarette Packs, Ads, to Come with More Graphic Warnings

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Smokers going to buy a pack of cigarettes will soon be greeted with a warning label containing graphic images of dead bodies, blackened organs and women crying. As of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration will require cigarette packs and ads to show more detailed images of the consequences of smoking, and 36 images (pdf) (some of them fairly graphic) have been approved. But how effective will this approach be in preventing smokers from lighting up? 

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Obama Speaks to Two Muslim Worlds from Indonesia

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

As a part of his 10-day tour in Asia, President Barack Obama delivered a very personal speech at the University of Indonesia Wednesday morning. Echoing some of themes he raised in his famous speech in Cairo in 2009, Obama spoke about the need for mutual respect among Muslims and the importance of a joint effort to combat extremism. Indonesia is home to the largest population of Muslims in the world, and Muslims in Southeast Asia tend to practice a more moderate form of Islam than those farther west. Did President Obama navigate those differences in his speech? 

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American Ballet Theates Travels to Cuba After 50 Year Hiatus

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The American Ballet Theatre traveled to Cuba for the first time in 50 years to participate in the 22nd Havana International Ballet Festival. The last time the dance company took the stage in Cuba, Fidel Castro had just taken power. We hear music from the Karl Marx theatre and talk with Rachel Moore, the executive director of the American Ballet Theatre, about the trip.

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Ahead of G20, US Financial Policy Faces International Criticism

Monday, November 08, 2010

Later this week, world leaders will gather at the G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea. The meeting comes just days after the Federal Reserve's decision to buy $600 billion worth of Treasury bonds through a process known as "quantitative easing." In response to the announcement, American stock markets reacted positively. World leaders abroad did not.

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Will $600 Billion in 'Quantitative Easing' Help Ordinary Americans?

Monday, November 08, 2010

Last week, New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story explained how the Federal Reserve's new economic recovery plan, known as "quantitative easing," works. Story explained that the process is intended to effectively lower already-low interest rates, making it cheaper for banks to borrow money. But how will this impact ordinary, middle-class Americans?

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Obama to Play Salesman-In-Chief on Visit to India

Friday, November 05, 2010

President Obama begins a lengthy trip to Asia this weekend, starting with a visit to India to talk about job creation and increasing exports. Days after Republicans had significant victories in the midterm elections, he'll arrive in Mumbai with a delegation of more than 200 businessmen and women to attend a business conference. The president may also try to make a deal with the Indian government as they revamp their military aircrafts. What kind of reception will the President and his American delegation of businessmen have there? What should their goals be

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Remembering Sparky Anderson

Friday, November 05, 2010

Sparky Anderson, beloved longtime manager for the Detroit Tigers, died yesterday. Celeste Headlee had the privilege of interviewing Anderson many times, as did Ron Cameron, long time host of the Detroit sports radio show Sports Talk. 

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GOP Takes House, Looks to Future

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Republicans had major victories after Tuesday's elections, taking over control of the House and gaining several seats in the Senate. When the new Congress goes to work in Washington, D.C., the GOP will now be a mix of conservatives and Tea Party candidates.

Pennsylvania turned from blue to red, electing Republicans Pat Toomey to the Senate and Tom Corbett as governor. We talk with Renee Amoore, deputy chair of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee, about Tuesday's election and what it means for the future of the Republican party. 

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