What is the difference between the fiscal cliff and the threat of the government shut-down, last year? What are the chances that Congress will do nothing more than change the January 1, 2013 deadline? What will the fiscal cliff mean for my federal student loans? Takeaway listeners wrote in with these and other questions about the fiscal cliff. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is here with the answers.
Last night, the long awaited Peter Jackson directed film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” premiered in New Zealand, bringing to a climax a long, sometimes strange relationship between a nation, an industry and millions of rabid fans. Colin Peacock, host of Mediawatch on Radio New Zealand, has been closely following the ups and downs of the Hobbit movie, from Elvin enthusiasm to altered labor laws.
Some Republicans, including columnist Marc Thiessen, say their only negotiating tactic is to let the United States go over the fiscal cliff. But New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy says it’s Obama who would benefit from the January 1st package of tax hikes and spending cuts.
The death toll from fighting between Israel and Hamas continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry and our partner The New York Times, the death toll in Palestine death toll had reached 91 as of Monday. Three Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. Lena Ibrahim is a first generation Palestinian-American and activist.
In his latest film, "The Dust Bowl," director Ken Burns shares the stories of those who survived one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in American history and considers whether the crisis could happen again, in a region heavily dependent on the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer which have been rapidly depleted.
The Chinese Community Party ushered in its new leadership on Wednesday, after the party's 18th National Congress. Xi Jinping has taken over for Hu Jiantao. Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow and director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses China's new leadership.
The final installment of the Twilight series releases today and is expected to be the highest grossing movie of 2012. The film is directed by Bill Condon, the director behind "Dream Girls," "Kinsey," and "Gods and Monsters." To review "Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Part 2" is the movie date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman.
A crisis is unfolding in the Middle East, and as expected Israel mounted a huge assault overnight and Gaza militants continued to launch rockets. A key development: the sound of air-raid sirens and explosions heard in Tel Aviv. Natan Sachs, who researches Israeli foreign and domestic policy at the Brookings Institute in D.C., explains what's going on.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, food is on most of our minds. But for Adam Gopnik, author and staff writer for The New Yorker, this is nothing out of the ordinary. In his most recent book, The Table Comes First, Gopnik explores the meaning of food — in culture, in family, and in society.
Oil giant British Petroleum has agreed to pay a record fine of $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. It's the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history. Bloomberg News reporter Brian Swint is following the story in London.
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The current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has been the target of Republicans because of her comments following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Jendayi Frazer is a longtime friend of Susan Rice, defends the person behind the scrutiny.
Hurricane Sandy affected millions of people on the East Coast, hitting New York and New Jersey especially hard. The storm hit home for us here at The Takeaway. Our senior producer, Jen Poyant, lives in Arverne, Queens near the Rockaways, one of the hardest hit parts of New York City.
On Wednesday, in response to rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israel launched a series of air strikes that killed Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari, and, according to health officials in Gaza, nine others. Isabel Kershner, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, reports from the Israel-Gaza border. Aaron David Miller, distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the current conflict and Israel's position in the evolving Middle East.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus resigned on Friday, hoping to get in front of the scandal involving Paula Broadwell before it thrust him any further into the spotlight. But Congress has other ideas. Tim Weiner has covered the CIA for The New York Times and is the author of, "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA."
Just a year after receiving an enormous amount of public funding to build a new stadium in Little Cuba, and spending lavishly on MLB free agents such as Jose Reyes, the Marlins completed a trade with the Blue Jays yesterday that sent any remaining members of the team making big salaries away to Toronto, in exchange for mediocre players and cheap deals. Needless to say, their fans aren't so pleased.
In all the news surrounding General David Petraeus’s resignation, there’s a central question about military culture itself. As Petraeus implemented his counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, he became a celebrity, an old-school military hero who seemed to have all the answers to America's messy conflicts abroad. Wired Magazine's Spencer Ackerman describes this as the 'Cult of David Petraeus.'
If recent storms spark a renewed interest in combatting climate change, we could see a resurgence of the national gas industry. Jeffrey Leonard, the CEO of the Global Environment Fund, a growth capital-oriented investment firm, explains.
Joseph P. Kennedy, the powerful patriarch of the Kennedy dynasty, died in 1969, but the legacy he left behind has continued to fascinate, and puzzle, historians as well as his own descendants. David Nasaw cuts through the myth surrounding the elder statesman in his new biography, "The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy."
As General David Petreaus’s marital infidelity comes to light and his storied career comes to an end, questions have arisen about his marriage, his life in the military, and whether members of the military are — or should be — held to a higher standard than the rest of us.
The legalization of recreational marijuana use in Washington and Colorado has raised a number of big questions about the social, legal, and economic implications. What are people saying on the ground in these states? And how has this change already altered attitudes toward marijuana? Dominic Holden a newsweekly editor in Seattle, and Bonnie Dahl, a head ship owner, explain.