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Mythili Rao

Associate Producer, The Takeaway

Mythili Rao appears in the following:

Notes from the Conservative Political Action Conference

Friday, February 10, 2012

The 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) began on Thursday with speeches from Jim DeMint, Stephen Halbrook, Michele Bachmann, Anne Coulter, and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower, among others. With invocations of Reagan and cries for party unity, the three-day event could help give focus to what has been a lukewarm GOP race.

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David Sanger's Guide to the History of Syria

Thursday, February 09, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and contributor to WQXR's The Washington Report, explores the history of Syria from the Ottoman Empire to the present day dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. At a time where civilians are under attack by Assad's oppressive regime, Sanger explains the president's rise to power and his family's 40-year reign. He goes in-depth about the complicated relationship with Israel and Syria's ties to Hezbollah.

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California's Ban on Gay Marriage Struck Down

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court panel ruled that Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage which passed into law in 2008, was unconstitutional. This is the first time an appellate court has said there is any kind of constitutional right to marry. But this ruling is still being considered "cautious" by legal experts: Proposition 8 supporters can appeal to the entire 9th circuit, or ask the Supreme Court to take up their case.

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Multi-Billion Dollar Foreclosure Settlement Imminent

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Since early 2007, 4 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Only now have state officials around the country begun to finalize a multi-billion dollar settlement with the biggest mortgage-providing banks that engaged in abusive or misleading practices, like robo-signing. Some critics, including those who have already had their homes go underwater, worry that it may let the banks off too easily.

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'Tebow Bill' May Allow Home-Schoolers to Play on High School Teams

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Named for Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow who was allowed to play sports at his local high school during his home-school days, a new bill could give Virginian home-schooled students the chance to play sports with their peers. While some are applauding the opportunity for these students to have a chance to participate, others say it's unfair to taxpayers.

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Egyptian Authorities Investigate NGOs

Monday, February 06, 2012

Over the weekend, Egypt’s international cooperation minister, a former Mubarak regime member, said an investigation by her bureau had uncovered "plots aimed at striking at Egypt's stability."  Egyptian authorities referred 19 Americans and 2 dozen other NGO employees in Cairo to trial, and are reportedly charged with brewing unrest in Egypt. 400 Egyptian NGOs are also under investigation at this time.

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New Initiative to Promote Climate Change in the Classroom

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On Tuesday the National Center for Science Education, a nonpartisan group of scientists that works to promote the instruction of evolution in American public schools, announced a new initiative aimed at teaching climate science. The NCSE claims global warming and climate change have become increasingly charged topics in classrooms around the country. The initiative is a way for teachers to be supported in states like Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Oklahoma where regulations are being considered that would require educators to justify the denial of global warming as a valid scientific position.

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A Positive Spin on SOPA and PIPA

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday sites like Wikipedia and Reddit pulled the plug for 24 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), acts that threaten the existence of such sites. SOPA is up for heated debate not only in congress, but online also. Steve Tepp, who represents the working man in Hollywood, and Scott Harbinson, who deals with movie business clients, discuss why they support SOPA and PIPA.   

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Arizona's Far-Reaching Ethnic Studies Ban

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Last Tuesday Tucson Unified School District voted to end its Mexican-American Studies program to comply with an Arizona State Law banning ethnic studies.  The administration released a list of seven books teachers would have to remove from their curriculum including titles like "Critical Race Theory" and "Rethinking Columbus: The next 500 Years." Teachers are also being advised to avoid books that address themes of race, ethnicity, and oppression. One such targeted text is Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

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Joe Nocera on the Regulation of Big Banks

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The issue of how to keep big banks in check is the topic of national conversation as the country slowly climbs out of the recession. Questions on how to prevent another economic recession and regulate the financial sector are part of the heated debate. Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times explains how "complexity risk" — what results when there are too many regulations — could pose a threat to the financial system.

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A Religious War Inside Israel

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tensions between ultra-Orthodox Haredim and more secular Israelis have been growing over the past year. With strict codes in regards to clothing, observance of the Sabbath, and male-female interactions, this 1 million-strong segment of the population has become increasingly vocal about its displeasure with what it perceives as an insufficiently observant state. Specifically, the majority of this animosity has been focused on women.

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The Agenda: South Carolina GOP Debates, Congress Returns from Recess, Earnings Reports

Monday, January 16, 2012

This week Congress returns from recess and Republican presidential hopefuls step up campaigning in South Carolina. Google, Microsoft, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, along with other major companies, will announce earning reports. Myrtle Beach's visitors bureau welcomes the six GOP candidates for a debate with a 525-ton sand sculpture of their likenesses; meanwhile, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert mulls throwing his hat into the ring.

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Ron Paul's Youth Appeal

Friday, January 06, 2012

With neatly combed white hair, conservatively cut suits, and solid military service, Ron Paul may not seen like the fiery political outsider that all the kids are rallying around. But looking ahead to the New Hampshire primaries, pollster John Zogby says "Ron Paul gets 35 percent of Independents and 54 percent of 18 to 29 year olds." Many young voters in this age group are drawn to Paul's hard-line libertarian politics, particularly his anti-war stance.

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Muslim-American 9/11 First Responder Overlooked by Memorial

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

For his bravery on 9/11, first-responder Mohammad Salman Hamdani was cited in the Patriot Act as an example of Muslim-American valor. After the body of the 23-year-old police cadet was found in the wreckage of the north tower, the New York City Police Department declared him a hero and buried him with full honors. But visitors to the September 11th Memorial in lower Manhattan will not find his name among the list of first-responders. Instead, Hamdani's name appears in a section of the memorial for people who only had a lose connection to the tragic events of that day.

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Brands That Might Be Extinct in 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What do Sony Pictures, A&W Restaurants, Saab, American Apparel, Sears, Kellogg's Corn Pops, MySpace, Soap Opera Digest, and Nokia have in common? They’re ten brands that 24/7 Wall St, a Delaware-based financial news group, says won’t survive through 2012. And it looks like some of those predictions might already be coming true — on Tuesday, Sears announced it will close more than 100 stores after lackluster holiday sales.

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Friday Follow: Payroll Tax, US-Pakistan Relations, Iraq Terror Scandal

Friday, December 23, 2011

This week North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il died, a Pentagon investigation into airstrikes that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers heightened tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan, Countrywide was ordered to pay $355 million for discriminating against black and Latino borrowers, and a terrorism scandal in Iraq's second-highest office broke. 

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'Barbecue Diplomacy' and The Future of North Korea

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A day after the announcement of the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, around the world, all eyes are on North Korea. More specifically, the world is closely watching the deceased leader's heir apparent, his youngest son Kim Jong-un. Last year, Kim Jong-un was named a 4-star general and vice chairman of the National Defense Commission. After a period of mourning, he's expected to take full power of North Korea.

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Teen Pregnancies On the Decline

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that fewer teenage girls are becoming mothers. The birth rate for American teenagers between ages 15 to 19 has fallen 6 percent, according to the most recent data. This is the lowest since record-keeping began.

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New Report Reveals Half of Nation's Schools Are Failing

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some new numbers about the No Child Left Behind Act paint a bleak portrait of the country's education system. According to a report from the Center on Education Policy, 48 percent of the nation’s public schools did not meet No Child Left Behind's requirements for "adequate yearly progress," a percentage-based criteria for improvement set by individual states. However, students's performance on the national standardized test are not considered in AYP.

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Supreme Court Will Rule on Arizona Immigration Law

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Supreme Court has announced that it will rule on Arizona’s tough immigration law. The case is making its way to the highest court after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco blocked parts of the law in April. One of the parts of the law in question is a provision that requires state law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest.

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