Hillary Clinton steps out of the political spotlight today as she departs from the U.S. State Department after four years as secretary of state. As we reflect on her legacy, John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that Secretary Clinton achieved more as "an ambassador to the world" than as secretary of state.
When author and Wesleyan University professor of film studies Jeanine Basinger decided to write a history of marriage at the movies, she remembered that her friends had been so skeptical of her own, back in 1967.
Jeanine Basinger is a legend at Wesleyan University, where she's a professor of film. She taught Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and Benh Zeitlin, who directed the Oscar-nominated film "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
This week we learned that the U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of last year, in large part because of severe defense spending cuts. If Congress and President Obama fail to reach a spending deal by March, those cuts will continue, with potentially disastrous effects for cities dependent on the defense industry.
As the Department of Defense gradually shifts to drone strikes in lieu of manned missions, many contractors are also hoping to revolutionize the drone for domestic uses, such as police surveillance. The United States will need a number of pilots, certified to operate these unmanned vehicles and Nickolas Macchiarella, professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has developed a Bachelor's of Science program to train the next generation of drone pilots.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, the United States has the most unequal income distribution of all major industrialized nations. Similarly, while China's economy has modernized rapidly, economic inequality has grown. Michael Moran and Kathleen McLaughlin write about economic inequality for GlobalPost.
Congress and the White House unveil their comprehensive immigration plans this week, and the hopes of 11 million people hang in the balance. What are their hopes? Are they they optimistic? Anxious? And what’s at stake?
"As long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing." Those were the now-infamous words from Chuck Prince, then the C.E.O. of Citigroup, on July 8, 2007, the eve of the credit crisis. For Alan Blinder, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board, Prince's quote succinctly explains the problems with the financial and housing markets that led to economic collapse just a few years ago.
In an historic shift, the Boy Scouts leadership says they are actively reconsidering their stance on gay members and troop leaders. They could vote on the issue as early as next week. Journalist Scott Leadingham is a longtime Eagle Scout. He is gay, and believes that the Scouts' virtues outweigh the organization's controversial policies.
As John Kerry faces his Senate colleagues in his secretary of state confirmation hearings, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas explains how the State Department may change with Kerry at the helm, and discusses President Obama's foreign policy goals in his second term.
Osama bin Laden first appeared on the FBI Most Wanted list in 1999. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, every American knew his name, and he represented America's ultimate villain, and our number one target. In "Zero Dark Thirty," actor Ricky Sekhon had the challenge of playing Osama bin Laden.
A federal regulator has recently ruled, in a number of cases, that employees posting about wages, hours, and working conditions on social media is protected speech. Steven Kane, owner of a human resources consulting firm, explains the legal issues surrounding employee comments on social media, and how employers should handle these issues.
Today is election day in Israel, the end of a contentious campaign season on fraught political territory. Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel explores his country's politics through his music, and explains how he hopes to reach Israel's neighbors through song.
Today, as the president takes the oath of office once more, the palpable hope and excitement of Obama's first inauguration has waned. How will President Obama's second inaugural compare to his first, and how does it fit the history of second inaugurals, from Lincoln on forward? Historian and author Kenneth C. Davis explores the history of second inaugurals, and discusses the expectations for President Obama.
In 2008, Louisiana passed the Science Education Act, a law that allows schools to use supplemental materials when teaching evolution and global warming. Critics like activist Zack Kopplin argued that the law allows teachers to promote creationism.
Facebook just unveiled its latest venture, a search tool called Graph. Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights and Strategy, discusses the new function, and what it means for the future of search and social networking.
Born and raised in Mali, Assoumane Maiga traveled to the United States as a Fulbright scholar in 2009. Upon his return, Maiga spoke out about humanitarian crises in his hometown of Timbuktu, and was soon imprisoned, without reason, by the Malian military. He has since been released.
The New York City Medical Examiner has announced that the office is reviewing more than 800 rape kits, cases were handled by a former lab technician who made a series of incorrect reports over the course of ten years, from 2001 to 2011. Lawrence Kobilinsky, forensic scientist and chair of the science department at John Jay College, discusses the science of DNA analysis. Erin Murphy, professor of at New York University School of Law, explains the legal issues at stake.
Residents of Coastal New York and New Jersey are still feeling the aftereffects of Sandy more than two months after the powerful storm. President Obama signed a $9.7 billion Sandy aid package last Sunday, and Congress will decide the fate of another $51 billion aid package next Tuesday. Bob Hennelly, contributing editor for politics and investigations for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, discusses the politics behind Sandy aid, and how victims are coping.
As President Obama moves into his second term, his policy priorities, and the policies themselves, will likely shift. Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent for the National Journal, explores the Obama Administration's priorities on climate change, and Elisabeth Bumiller, Pentagon correspondent for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses the Administration's policy shifts in Afghanistan.