Long-term joblessness is up 213 percent, and some 1.3 million Americans are likely to see their unemployment benefits end this month—Congress has so far failed to include an extension to those benefits in any budget deal. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on the state of unemployment in the U.S. is Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a former member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
On Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ousted his uncle and mentor Jang Song-thaek from office, for what the ruling party described as “criminal acts that baffle imagination." Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on the significance of this disruption to the reclusive state’s power structure is Thomas Hubbard, former Ambassador to South Korea from 2001 to 2004 and chairman of the Korea Society.
It’s the holidays—a time of year when we’re expected to be on our best behavior. But how do you navigate a season steeped in tradition, in our non-traditional digital age? Gifts or gift cards? Invites or e-vites? And how much eggnog is too much eggnog at the holiday office party? Here to explain the ins and outs of holiday manners is Anna Post, author and etiquette expert, and the great-great-granddaughter of the Queen of Etiquette, Emily Post.
As fast food workers in 100 cities strike for a wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference, The Takeaway hears from two fast food workers about what it's like working in the industry—Naquasia LeGrand, a cashier at KFC who earns just $7.70 an hour, and Eduardo Shoy, a delivery man for KFC and Pizza Hut, as well as a forklift operator at JFK airport. Angelo Amador is the Vice President of Workforce and Labor Policy at the National Restaurant Association. He is on the opposite side of the debate, opposing the wage hike.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons may have met their November 1 deadline for the removal of Syria’s weapons cache, but there is still a big question that remains: What’s next? The complicated task at hand includes getting 500 tons of lethal chemicals out of Syria. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this endeavor may look like is Thomas Moore, deputy director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Turns out black holes really aren't so black. A team of researchers has discovered an incredibly bright black hole located some 22 million light years away in the neighboring Pinwheel Galaxy. It’s twice as bright as astronomers ever thought possible. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Joel Bregman, co-author of the study and professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan.
Protests in Ukraine escalated on Monday as tens of thousands took to the streets in the capital city of Kiev to call for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich. Andrew Kramer is in Kiev reporting for our partner The New York Times and gives us an update of the situation on the ground. Lee Feinstein, a former Obama and Clinton administration official who served as ambassador to Poland from 2009 to 2012, explains the protests within the context of Ukraine’s history.
There are at least 700,000 people on the U.S. terror watch list. For the many individuals it can be nearly impossible to challenge the designation. It's a watch list that very few people are actually watching. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anya Bernstein, associated professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists.”
For many of the 47 million Americans on food stamps Thanksgiving this year will be difficult, made worse by cuts to SNAP assistance that began rolling out November 1. Joel Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of “All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?” Also joining The Takeaway are Mary Coleman and Jennifer Peguero, two women who have experienced the difficulties of building a feast when there is little to go around.
When it comes to immigration, the American public once again finds its government at a standstill, with Congress unable to confront the issue of a path to citizenship. Today The Takeaway speaks to one immigration activist—Maria Rodriguez, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition—who believes that such exclusion is fundamentally anti-American and that a path to citizenship is the only true path to reform.
In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
In one of the most fundamental changes to Senate policy in decades, the Senate ruled on Thursday in a 52 to 48 vote to end the use of the filibuster against the majority of presidential nominees. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on how this move will impact an already polarized Congress is Vin Weber, a former Republican Congressman for Minnesota from 1980-1993 and now co-chairman and partner at the lobbying firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.
On Thursday in a 52 to 48 vote, the U.S. Senate voted to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that is seen as one of the most fundamental shifts in the way the Senate functions in more than a generation. Joining The Takeaway to explain the change is Gregory Wawro, professor of political science at Columbia University and author of the book "Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the United States Senate."
When a storm hits, our attention often shifts from science to God. But what do we lose when we place the burden of a natural disaster upon a higher power and wipe our hands clean from any responsibility? Joining The Takeaway is Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, author of “Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America," and of the forthcoming book "Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York."
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay a record $13 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice for bad mortgage-backed securities trades made before the 2008 financial meltdown. CEO Jamie Dimon was once the poster-child for resilience, the best and last banker standing after the financial collapse. Can he continue to carry JPMorgan forward? Joining The Takeaway to explain is Dawn Kopecki, JPMorgan reporter for Bloomberg.
The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in our nation's history. But looking back on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we must ask if the nation is living up to the ideals set forth by Abraham Lincoln. Are we a union? Or just as troubled and divided as a nation at war? Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University, historian and author of "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War," explains what unfinished work remains 150 years after the Gettysburg Address.
"Time of Death" is a new Showtime series that follows eight people as they succumb to terminal diseases, making visible the most painful moments of the dying as they confront the last months, days, and minutes of their lives. But creator and co-executive producer Miggi Hood says each episode is as much about life as it is about death. Hood joins The Takeaway to discuss how the series was conceived.
As rescue and aid efforts continue on the ground in the Philippines, the rest of the world has been reacting to the devastating storm nearly a week after its landfall. Perhaps few know the country’s ability to maneuver out of crises better than former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Bosworth. Ambassador Bosworth was in the Philippines from 1984 to 1987 and witnessed a tumultuous shift in regimes and the country's transition to democracy.
Many can argue that the Obamacare marketplace is not working. But in Washington state, more than 55,000 people enrolled in health coverage during the month of October. About 40,000 more have applied for coverage through the state-run exchange. What’s working in the evergreen state? It may be that the website actually is. Joining The Takeaway is Michael Marchand, Director of Communications for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
In the days and weeks of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, America will likely be the strongest international presence in the region. But the U.S. and the Philippines have a long history, a relationship once largely represented by one of America’s main overseas military bases—Subic Bay. Joining The Takeaway to explain the how the U.S. will assist in the relief effort is Dr. Ronald Ratcliff, professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and a retired Navy Captain who spent some time in the Philippines during his service.