Since the financial collapse in 2008, Americans have become accustomed to hearing grim news about the state of the economy. But author and economics editor Daniel Gross has a more optimistic take. In his new book, "Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy," Gross argues that the country's initial reaction to the economic hardships have paved the way for a brighter, stronger future.
In 1987, Wall Street came to be personified by the Oliver Stone film of the same name, by Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gekko. "The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good," Gekko famously preached. Today, the Occupy Wall Street Movement seems to be fighting against this same idea. How, exactly, does the one percent feel about that? Edward Conard, former managing director of Bain Capital, offers his opinion.
President Obama’s score is 91. Lady Gaga’s is 94. But Justin Bieber is the man to beat, with an all-time high score of 100. On what metric does the President of the United States lose out to pop stars? It’s not about style, humor or staying in key. It’s about Klout. As Anthony Wing Kosner, web developer and contributor to Forbes.com explains, and we hear from Sam Fiorella who failed to get a job because of his low Klout score.
In 2007, during his contentious primary race with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama spent a week campaigning with Newark Mayor Corey Booker and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The media continually highlighted the difference between these three young, African-American politicians and the generation of black leaders that came before them. A new book by Professor Andra Gillespie examines the new generation of black politicians exemplified by President Obama through the lens of Cory Booker's mayoral election and his tenure in Newark.
When Sen. John McCain conceded the presidency to Barack Obama, McCain said: "A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time." Author Deborah Davis chronicles that dinner, its aftermath, and the lives of Roosevelt and Washington in her new book.
Ethan Bronner is a correspondent for our partner The New York Times. He recently announced that he would transition from his role as the paper's Jerusalem Bureau Chief to become a national legal correspondent in New York. The Middle East has changed radically since Bronner accepted the Bureau Chief position in early 2008. Perhaps most visible are the results of the Arab Spring uprisings throughout the region. Bronner reflects on the immense changes in the Middle East since he started reporting there four years ago.
The Tea Party hasn't been making headlines recently, but in the Indiana Republican primary Tuesday, six-term Senator Dick Lugar may be unseated by a much more conservative candidate. Richard Mourdock, currently the state's treasurer, has a Tea Party backing that's given him a ten-point lead in the polls. In 2010, the Indiana Tea Party split three ways, and Dan Coats, a Republican candidate that the Tea Party considered too moderate, won the election. During 2012's election cycle, Mourdock's success is a testament to the group's newfound unity. Mary Beth Schneider, a political reporter at the Indianapolis Star, discusses her expectations for Tuesday.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has spent her career working on complicated issues of history, ethnic identity, and governance, but she didn't realize the complexity of her own identity until the age of 59. In 1997, as the Clinton Administration vetted then-Ambassador Albright for the Secretary of State position, Albright discovered that most of her family was Jewish — and that many of her relatives perished in the Holocaust. That realization provided the impetus for her new book, "Prague Winter."
Detroit has come to represent for many Americans the worst of what the recession has done to the country’s once-indomitable manufacturing capitals. It’s now the poorest major city in the US. In the past decade, the city population has declined by 25 percent, and it’s regularly cited as among the most dangerous cities in the country. Mayor Dave Bing explains how his administration is trying to save Detroit.
Take one of the greatest love stories of all time and replace the Montagues with Sunnis, the Capulets with Shiites, and set the play in Iraq. That’s the premise for the new play “Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad” showing this week at the World Shakespeare Festival in the United Kingdom. Listen to playwright and actor Monadhil Daood.
Today, General Motors announces its first quarter earnings. The CEO and chairman of General Motors, Dan Akerson, takes listener questions and talks about how the company has faired since it was restructured by the federal government in 2009.
Today, General Motors announces its first quarter earnings as Americans debate whether the auto bailout was worth the investment. Celeste interviews the CEO and chairman of General Motors, Dan Akerson, about how the company has faired since it was restructured by the federal government in 2009.
Just over 15 years ago, Peter Arnett and Peter Bergen traveled to an isolated mud hut in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan to interview the most notorious terrorist of all time, Osama bin Laden. Bergen, who produced the interview for CNN, has marked the anniversary with a new book that examines the ten-year search for the world’s most wanted man. Peter Bergen is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden, from Nine-Eleven to Abbottabad."
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright managed the United States' relationship with a rapidly-changing China at the turn of the millennium. As the United States and China continue to negotiate for the safety of dissident Chen Guangcheng, Secretary Albright discusses the United States' current relationship with China, and her new book, "Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948."
A British Parliamentary committee's report on Rupert Murdoch has declared that the 81-year-old News Corp. CEO "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company." Jess Todtfeld was a Fox News producer for 13 years and now owns a media training company. Todtfeld believes that Murdoch's willingness to invest in the news represents a unique point in the American media landscape.
Some argue that the United States' global leadership has waned, but Ian Bremmer argues that the our role in the international community isn't over, it’s just different. Today’s international order must be one of strategic partnerships and compromises, Bremmer argues, like President Obama’s so-called "leading from behind" strategy in Libya.
A long winter of heightened tensions between Israel, Iran and the United States seems to finally have thawed, on this first day of May. But while Iran’s international relations may be improving, the country's internal politics have become increasingly hard-line. Laura Secor is a contributor at The New Yorker. Her piece, "Election, Monitored," appears in the May 7 edition.
On April 29, 1992, nearly 20 years ago, an all-white jury acquitted four white Los Angeles Police Officers in the case of Rodney King, a black motorist who suffered severe injuries after a brutal beating from the LAPD. South Los Angeles promptly exploded into riots that lasted six days, leaving more than 50 people dead, thousands injured, and $1 billion in damage. Anna Deavere Smith is an playwright, actress and author of "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," a one-woman show that Smith developed from interviews with 300 subjects involved in the Rodney King case and its aftermath. She reflects on the riots that tore the city apart, 20 years ago, and discusses whether and how police-community relations have changed since 1992.
Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week, we'll hear more about Arizona v. U.S., the case that will determine the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law, known as SB 1070. James and Rupert Murdoch both testified before a British inquiry into media ethics, our partner The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into Walmart's practices in Mexico, and the campaign finance case against former Senator John Edwards began in North Carolina. Farai Chideya, journalist and Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, and Paddy O’Connell host of the BBC’s Broadcasting House program, explain the news of the week.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is up for reauthorization this year. While VAWA has served countless women since its inception, the rate of domestic violence homicides has remained virtually unchanged in nearly every state since the law’s passage in 1994 -- every state, that is, except Maryland, where domestic violence homicides have fallen by 40 percent since 2007. Jacquelyn Campbell can claim some credit for that decrease. She created the Danger Assessment, a screen that helps police and advocates determine the likelihood that an abuser will murder his or her partner. Susan Miller is the CEO of a domestic violence shelter in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Police Department implemented the Danger Assessment in 2009, and the number of women asking for help has skyrocketed.