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Wisconsin Senate Strips Public Employees of Collective Bargaining Rights

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In a surprise legislative maneuver that took around 30 minutes, 18 Republican members of Wisconsin's Senate pushed through adoption of a bill last night that would sharply reduce public employees' collective bargaining rights. Introduced by the state's new governor, Scott Walker, the legislation has roiled the state's capitol for weeks. Union supporters and other protesters occupied the state house while Governor Walker battled in the press with Democrats who had fled the state to prevent a vote from taking place. The move circumvented a required quorum by removing language on appropriating funding to allow the 18-1 vote. What's next in the three week saga? 

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Al Jazeera on Reporting the American Muslim Radicalization Hearings

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On Thursday, the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Republican Congressman Peter King, is scheduled to hold a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims. Earlier, we spoke with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative, who was concerned that the coverage of the hearing in the Muslim world could further damage the relationship between America and Islam. Such concerns are surely connected to the media in the Middle East. How will the hearings be covered in the Muslim world? 


In Support of Hearings on the 'Radicalization of Muslims'

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Congressman Peter King's (R-NY) controversial hearings, which begin Thursday, on the radicalization of American Muslim youths, is being met with tremendous anger from Muslims nationwide. But one Muslim American who is in favor of these hearings is Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. He believes whatever we have done to battle the radicalization of Muslim youth in America has not worked, and says "we need to figure out a new strategy."

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Debate Over Congressional Hearing on Muslim Radicalization

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

This week, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on what they are calling the radicalization of American Muslims. The hearing, hosted by chairman of the committee, Representative Peter King (D-NY), is tasked with investigating the threat posed by homegrown Muslim terrorists. "At this stage in our history, there is an effort to radicalize elements within the Muslim community," Rep. King said on CNN's "State of the Union" this weekend. There has been an outcry by Muslim Americans criticizing the congressional committee for signaling out the Muslim community as posing a threat to the country. Is it a worthwhile exploration of the issues or a witch hunt?

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Sen. Ensign, Just One of Many Lawmakers Planning Retirement

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced his pending retirement yesterday, saying he would not run in the 2012 election. The announcement came to the obvious relief of many of his colleagues — Sen. Ensign is currently being investigated for an alleged affair with a former staffer. But he's not the only lawmaker planning to sit out the coming election; seven others have also announced plans to get out of politics, or at least, government. Joining us to talk about the other lawmakers who are retiring, and how that may challenge party strategy, is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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Investigation: Ethics Violations in Health Experiments

Friday, March 04, 2011

This week, a presidential bioethics committee met to discuss one of the most shocking violations of medical ethics — a clinical study done back in the 1970s on nearly 400 African American men in Tuskegee Alabama to study the progression of syphilis. The men believed they were receiving free health care from the US government. But just days before the committee met, a new comprehensive investigation by the Associated Press found that for decades, the United States government also knew about and authorized medical experiments on disabled people and prison inmates. Experiments included injecting cancer cells into the chronically ill at a New York hospital and giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut.


Ohio Senate Passes Union Bill

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Ohio’s Senate voted 17 to 16 in favor of a controversial bill that would effectively end collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. This is the first step towards passage of the bill — a political move that could impact similar battles playing out in Wisconsin and Indiana. Unions called the vote the biggest blow to public sector workers in more than 25 years. We talk with Bill Cohen, State House reporter for Ohio Public Radio who was in the Senate chamber when the vote came down yesterday.

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House Avoids Shutdown; Senate Votes Next

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House approved a stopgap budget on Tuesday that would buy Congress more time to approve a final budget. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure today. In a vote of 335-91, the House voted to cut $4 billion in spending in order to keep the government open until March 18. We talk with Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the bargaining chips being used to avoid a government shutdown.

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Jefferson County, Ala. Battles Massive Debt Following Corruption

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

As the Federal government tries to wrangle a deal to keep the country afloat, there are already some parts of the country that are bankrupt, even if not technically “in bankruptcy.” Cities that borrowed money by issuing municipal bonds are now so burdened with debt that they can’t pay back what was promised to those who invested. Add to that mess, a few bribes, an unfathomable refinancing deal with a leading Wall Street bank, and a broken sewage system, and you’ll end up with Jefferson County, the local government for Birmingham, Alabama.


Jordanians Still Demand Change, Eight Weeks into Protests

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

As protesters continue efforts to uproot governments throughout the Middle East, Jordan has faced eight straight weeks of public demonstrations. But unlike some of its neighboring countries, protesters there are not demanding their leader, King Abdullah II, step down. Instead they are asking for political reforms, including wider parliamentary representation and limitations on the powers of the throne. They also want to see the government address rising food prices, inflation and unemployment. We talk with the former deputy prime minister of Jordan, Ayman Safadi, about the political uprisings in Jordan.


Gadhafi Links Libyan Protests to bin Laden and Drugs

Friday, February 25, 2011

In a second address that displayed he was digging into his position yesterday, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi blamed the recent bloody protests in his country on the effect of hallucinogenic drugs distributed by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. On Libyan State Television, the 68-year-old leader said of the protesters: “once they drink these pills, they let them go out on the streets and start committing criminal acts. The requests are not theirs — the requests come from Bin Laden." Also on Thursday, Gadhafi's youngest son joined the pro-democracy movement, while his cousin — and close aide — defected to Egypt. Are these signs that the autocratic leader is losing grip on his nearly 42 years of power?

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After Largest Protests in Bahrain, King Visits Saudi Leader

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Demonstrations have continued all week in Bahrain, with the largest movement on Tuesday night when more than 100,000 packed into Pearl Square. Protesters there are calling for the disolution of the government and a real constitutional monarchy. Following Tuesday's demonstration, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa visited Saudi Arabia, a close ally and neighbor, to discuss the political unrest in the region. We get the latest from Michael Slackman, foreign correspondent for The New York Times; he is currently on the ground in Bahrain.


Libyan Author Hisham Matar Reflects on Uprising

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The uprising to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year reign has been a bloody one, with the embattled leader refusing to step down and vowing to arrest or kill the people who continue to stream into the streets to fight for freedom. The uprising may lead the country to a more peaceful and democratic future; however, much is still uncertain, and the violence is nothing new. Libyan author and activist Hisham Matar says he hasn't slept at all since the revolt began. Matar's father was kidnapped in 1990 and is believed to be held in a prison in Libya ever since.


Your Take: Is Too Much Cell Phone Exposure Bad for Us?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A new study that comes out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows that fifty minutes of cell phone use can alter our brain activity. We asked Takeaway listeners whether you think too much cell phone exposure can have adverse health effects. John Paul from Michigan called our comment line at 877-8-MYTAKE to say:

I can't imagine it so severe that it's going to be a problem. I have to just say it's the cost of doing business.


After Day of Bloody Protest, Gadhafi Firm on Staying

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesterday was among the deadliest days of protest in Libya, with Al Jazeera reporting there may have been more than two hundred deaths on Monday alone. Government forces and militiamen beseiged the capitol, dropping small bombs from planes and firing live rounds at protestors. Early Tuesday morning, Libya's state television showed Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, in a short appearance, dismissing rumos he had fled the country. Meanwhile, Libyan opposition leaders are calling upon the international community, particularly the United States, to take a stronger stance against the Gadhafi regime.


Small Protests Continue in Cities Across Yemen

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Protests continue in Yemen with thousands of people taking to the streets in cities across the country in the hopes of forcing President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. According to the Associated Press, 2,000 police officers faced off with protesters yesterday in the capital of Sana, firing guns in the air and blocking students from joining the demonstrations. We talk with Hakim Almasmari publisher and editor of The Yemen Post, who is currently in Sana, Yemen. 

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Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Faces Sex-Related Charges

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi has found himself in hot water, yet again. The Italian Prime Minister was officially indicated yesterday on charges of paying for sex with an under-aged prostitute and abusing the power of his office to cover it up. Berlusconi said he was told the girl was the granddaughter of then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak — and he was doing the world leader a favor when he tried to get her out of jail. We talk with Duncan Kennedy, BBC reporter in Rome, for the latest in the story.

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'Conflict Kitchen' Promotes Diplomacy at the Dining Table

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

With the United States engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and facing diplomatic standoffs with nations like Cuba and Venezuela, Americans can tend to feel culturally isolated from some countries. A new business in Pittsburgh is trying to change that - through food. The Conflict Kitchen serves meals from countries that America finds diplomatically tricky, and by doing so, hopes to bring further awareness about cultures that might otherwise seem foreign. The BBC shares the story.


Obama Administration Discusses Plans for Interim Government in Egypt

Friday, February 04, 2011

The New York Times has reported that the Obama administration is discussing a proposal with Egyptian officials for President Hosni Mubarak to step down immediately and hand over power to Vice President Omar Suleiman. Under this proposal, Suleiman would run a transitional government until elections are held later this year. Before being appointed to the vice presidency last week, Suleiman was the coordinator of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.


Amid Political Turmoil in Arab World, Yemen's President Pledges to Step Down in 2013

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Following massive protests in Egypt and Tunisia, longtime president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, announced he would not seek re-election in 2013. He also pledged that he his son would not be his successor. The concessions come ahead of planned anti-government protests in Yemen today.