Five Republican primaries, no real surprises: Mitt Romney sweeps the night and is now looking ahead to the general election. Anna Sale, reporter for our co-producer WNYC's politics website It's A Free Country, takes a step back to discusses Newt Gingrich and the continuation of this seemingly finished race. Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country contributor and professor of political science at Iowa State University, looks forwards and considers Romney's fight for the hearts and minds of the GOP base.
Detroit has had today’s date circled on its calendar for months. Under a state statute, today marks the deadline for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to decide how to appropriately handle Detroit’s $200 million budget deficit. Laura Weber, a reporter for WDET, updates us on the latest out of Detroit. We also speak with City Council President Charles Pugh.
One week ago, Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, was shot dead by French security forces following a dramatic 32-hour police standoff. Questions remain about the attack itself: Did Merah act alone? And why didn’t French officials catch him before the rampage? Takeaway producer Arwa Gunja has been in France this week as a reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists, and spoke with community members about their reaction to both the attacks and the tragedy’s fallout.
Tag Challenge is a worldwide social media manhunt taking place on March 31. Real people will act as the five thieves, and teams must use social media to track them down using nothing but their mugshots. J.R. deLara is the co-founder and project coordinator of the Tag Challenge. Evan Ratliff was the focus of "Vanish: Finding Evan Ratliff," a similar social media experiment sponsored by Wired in 2009.
What is the source of our greatest regrets? And how do we move beyond them? Neal Roese, professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, joins the program to continue our conversation on regret.
Anna Sale, reporter for our co-producer WNYC’s politics website, It’s a Free Country, joins us to look back: back upon days when the President of the United States found himself up against the Supreme Court in the wake of sweeping social reforms; back upon days when the country's commander-in-chief was locked in a fight with the highest court in the land, during an election year no less, with political challengers waiting to capitalize on presidential defeat. We look back upon the days of President Franklin Roosevelt and draw parallels between President Obama and President Roosevelt's dealings with the highest court in the land.
Last week House GOP leaders unveiled a bold new 2013 budget blueprint, promising to cut government spending and reverse rising federal deficits. The budget proposal – "The Path to Prosperity" – aims to tame the national debt by overhauling Medicare and cutting deeply into a number of politically sensitive federal programs. The proposal also looks to reshuffle the tax code, sharply lowering individual tax rates and brackets. Joining us to discuss the proposal is Congressman Todd Akin, Republican Representative from Missouri’s 2nd District.
Yesterday the case of Trayvon Martin took a number of significant turns — among them, a report that Martin knocked George Zimmerman to the ground and beat him before Zimmerman fired. Today, we review the new developments and speak with Michael Bender, a reporter for Bloomberg News.
The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law today, kicking off a three-day proceeding. The Affordable Care Act mandates an expansion of health insurance to 30 million more Americans within a decade, as well as for the ire it has roused in Republican lawmakers and citizens, alike. To look ahead to next three days of health care debate and discussion, Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, joins us.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday, following the former Massachusetts governor's lopsided victory in Illinois. But whereas that might have been the gold-standard endorsement a few years back, the seal of establishment approval isn't so sought after these days. Anna Sale, reporter for It's a Free Country, looked into the changing face of the Republican Party and joins us to discuss these changes and the implications on the GOP as we once knew it.
Growing up, sibling rivalries seem to be the norm. But why do they so often persist into adulthood? And what can be done to mend these struggling relationships? Dr. Jeanne Safer is a psychotherapist and author of the recently released book, “Cain’s Legacy: Liberating Siblings from a Lifetime of Rage, Shame, Secrecy and Regret.”
On Sunday, citizens of Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to weigh in on the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth without full voting privileges in Congress or a vote for president in the general election. But 20 delegates are up for grabs this weekend, and GOP presidential hopefuls have descended on the islands to fight for supporters.
One major question has come up continuously throughout the week of campaigning: How do candidates feel about the status of Puerto Rico's statehood? Notably, Rick Santorum said: "There are other states with more than one language, like Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English must be the principal language."
All week we’ve been hearing from listeners about their Great Recession stories. Some of you have lost jobs, while others have taken pay cuts or moved out-of-state in search of employment. And there are those of you who have created your own employment opportunities: the small business owners of the bunch.
But nothing comes easy when you start from a clean slate. Two Takeaway listeners join us who have ventured to create their own small businesses, while maintaining other part-time work in order to make ends meet.
Coming up... a conversation beyond the bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Who will be running as the Republican's VP in 2012? Ron Christie and Jennifer Rubin join The Takeaway.
We’ve been asking you to reach out and tell us how your job has changed since the great recession. Some of you have told us about unemployment spells while others have told us they couldn’t be more happy in their current employment. A number of you spoke of another issue: pay cuts.
Have you ever clicked like on a Facebook post of a video promoting some social cause? Ever signed an online petition calling for the end of some social injustice? How about those wristbands spreading a message like to LIVESTRONG? Ever wear one of those?
Odds are, if you’re a Facebooker, a tweeter, or simply an internet peruser, some might consider you a "slacktivist". A combination of slacker and activist, slacktivism commonly refers to passive, feel-good measures taken in support of an issue or social cause that, in reality, have little practical effect other than self-satisfaction. The term has been uttered over and over again in the wake of the mega-viral "Kony 2012" campaign.
By the numbers, Georgia is the biggest prize this Super Tuesday with 76 delegates. Perhaps most telling will be Newt Gingrich’s performance in his home state: if he wants to stay competitive in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going to need a decisive victory in the Peach State. Ohio, with 66 delegates of its own, may be the biggest psychological prize. Many have declared this the race to watch, as no Republican nominee has ever become president without winning the swing state in the general election.
Small towns across the South and Midwest continue to rebuild this week after a series of deadly tornadoes and storms swept through late last week. What happens when the destruction of a town is so severe that you can’t pick up the pieces? What happens if you can’t patch a community back together?
Marysville is a small town in southeast Indiana. It’s the type of town with only one store, a community center, a church, and a couple dozen houses, all confined to little more than a single block. Today, the town lies in ruins. A twister swept through last Friday, destroying nearly all of the homes and ripping apart the community center and church.
Wednesday is the 110th birthday of Harlem Renaissance author and social activist Langston Hughes. Celebrated around the world for his emotionally charged yet economic use of language, one of the lesser-known aspects of Hughes' legacy is that of lyricist. In a collaboration with the African-American classical composer William Grant Still - and grandfather of The Takeaway's own Celeste Headlee - Hughes created an opera based on the life of Haitian revolution leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines titled "Troubled Island."
Mitt Romney came prepared during last night's CNN debate in Florida. The former Massachusetts governor fending off attacks about his record and personal finances as Newt Gingrich failed to build of his late momentum. The primary in the Sunshine State is just days away. A new CNN poll shows the two frontrunners are in a dead heat, with Romney leading Gingrich 36 percent to 34 percent. The primary is less than a week away, and the stakes are high. The winner-takes-all state has 50 delegates, more than Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina combined.