We all know that we're living in the era of the super PAC. And we're now facing the first presidential election since the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, the ruling that the American government couldn't stop political spending by large corporations and labor unions in election campaigns. According to our partner, The New York Times, there's a costly advertising plan underway to attack President Obama in ways never seen before.
We have known about Truvada for a while. Now, an influential advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration has endorsed the drug shown to prevent HIV infection in healthy people. It recommended approval of the pill for people at risk of contracting the virus. A final decision is expected next month, but if FDA does approve, it won't be without a degree of controversy. We're joined by Dr. Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at Fenway Health in Boston and a professor at Harvard Medical School.
The Syrian capital has gotten used to the sound of sirens, but this morning's two bomb blasts stand out as perhaps the most deadly in the capital. Syria's health minister says at least 50 people are dead, at least 170 wounded. The blasts were so powerful, a facade of a military intelligence build was ripped off. Today's bombing calls into question the entire UN peace plan. It's current mission inside the country is to monitor the peace, but seemingly there is very little peace to monitor. Ahmad Fawzi, spokesman for Kofi Annan, Joint Envoy for Syria responds. We are also joined by correspondent for The World Laura Lynch from inside Syria.
We remember the guy known as "MCA." Adam Yauch, one of the founding Beastie boys from Brooklyn, died suddenly and unexpectedly late last week from cancer. The Beastie boys were the so-called white crossover hip hop act that sold more than 40 million albums and helped to make hip-hop mainstream.
A ceasefire has come into force in Syria amid doubts expressed by Western countries about the government's willingness to stick to it. Correspondents say the truce appears to be largely holding, with no reports of casualties or deaths so far. The Syrian government and the armed opposition have both said they will abide by the ceasefire, but reserved the right to respond if attacked. We are joined by Ausama Monajed of the Syrian National Council.
A blockbuster scandal has surfaced in Beijing as the Communist Party attempts to pass the political torch to new leaders. The death of a British businessman in a Chongqing hotel room was declared a murder yesterday, and the wife of Bo Xilai, one of China's most powerful men, is the lead suspect. Michael Bristow is correspondent for our partner the BBC.
We talk to BBC correspondent Damian Grammaticas, who was among a group of foreign journalists taken by train to North Korea's north-west coast to see the final preparations for the rocket launch, and the New York Times' Steven Erlanger explains the demands that the U.S. and its allies are planning before a new round of negotiations with Iran.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced that the U.S. is ready to begin easing sanctions against Myanmar. Sunday's elections saw pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party won 43 of the 45 seats up for grabs in the country. Clinton announced an easing of investment restrictions as well as intentions to name an ambassador to Myanmar and the establishment of a U.S. Agency for International Development. Rachel Harvey is a correspondent for our partner the BBC.
Yesterday President Obama criticized his likely general election opponent Mitt Romney by linking Romney to the latest Republican budget plan. As the likelihood of Romney's GOP nomination increases, the attack lines are beginning to be unveiled. For a look ahead at what we can expect in the general election, we're joined by Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.
The story of Specialist Dennis Weichel is deeply tragic but shows a side of U.S. troops in Afghanistan that we haven't heard about recently, with the Koran burnings, drone attacks killing civilians, and the case of Sergeant Robert Bales. Rod Nordland is the foreign correspondent for our partner the New York Times.
The annual worst movie awards the Razzies gave all 10 prizes to Adam Sandlers "Jack and Jill". It's the first time in the 32-year history of the Razzies that a movie has won every category. Kristen Meizner, Takeaway Culture Producer and co-host of the Movie Date podcast, joins us to talk about the worst movie she's ever seen and what makes a bad movie... good.
Eight years ago, Frank McCourt bought the Los Angeles Dodges for $430 million, but a nasty divorce sent him into bankruptcy. Now, a group led by basketball legend Magic Johnson has a deal in place to buy the Dodgers for more than $2 billion, an amount that would be the most ever paid for a professional sports team. Richard Sandomir is a sports, business and media columnist for our partner The New York Times.
World leaders have called for closer cooperation to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism at a summit on nuclear security in Seoul, South Korea. President Obama is among the world leaders in attendance. At the end of the summit there was a joint call to secure "vulnerable nuclear material". Lucy Williamson, a correspondent for our partner the BBC, joins us to discuss the Seoul summit and Obama's private meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
The Supreme Court begins three days of oral arguments today on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul. People lined up outside the Supreme Court building in Washington beginning on Friday hoping to get the chance to see the proceedings today. Kathie McClure is a trial lawyer from Atlanta, Georgia, and Reverend Rob Schenck is the President of the National Clergy Council, a network of pastors and denominational leaders.
When Jeff Zeleny, National Political Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, asked Rick Santorum about a harsh comment he made about rival Mitt Romney, Santorum lashed out. The exchange was caught on tape by a CBS news camera, and Zeleny joins us with an update on Santorum's words and the political strategy behind them.
Russia said today that it will support the United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to end the fighting in Syria. This could potentially be a break in the standoff over the violence in the country.
The Taliban this morning says it is suspending dialogue with the U.S. The announcement comes days after an American soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians. Correspondent for our partner the BBC Bilal Sarwary discusses this statement as well as Afghan President Hamid Karzai's demands that NATO troops pull back to major bases and accelerate Afghan responsibility for safeguarding the country.
Just days after a U.S. soldier allegedly went on a shooting rampage that killed 16 civilians in Afghanistan, this morning Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for a U.S. troop pullback. President Karzai called for NATO-led forces to move out of Afghan villages and rural areas and told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Afghan troops should take the lead for nationwide security in 2013, a year earlier than is now scheduled.