Shia Levitt

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Olympic Athletes Protest Social Media Restrictions

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The International Olympics Committee’s "Rule 40" prevents athletes from promoting brands other than the official Olympic sponsors during the days before and during the Games. But some...

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Former Obama Advisor on Supreme Court's Health Care Decision

Friday, June 29, 2012

We hear from another expert on how yesterday's decision impacts the road ahead. Ezekiel Emanuel was a special health care advisor to President Obama. The New York Times describes him ...

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The Health Care Market Ahead

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Supreme Court upheld most of Obama’s Affordable Care Act yesterday. How does that decision shape the health care market going forward? Mark Pauly is a conservative economist and i...

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Egypt's President-Elect Makes Surprising Appointments

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Egypt’s president-elect Mohamed Morsi plans to appoint a woman and a Coptic Christian as two of his vice presidents. Will this calm fears about the Muslim Brotherhood?


Revisiting Hate Crime Laws Following Sentencing of Dharun Ravi

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for spying on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, during an intimate encounter with a man. Ravi could h...

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Pissed Off Voters Could Decide November Elections

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

You've probably heard pundits point to various attributes of each presidential candidate, Obama's likeability or Romney's stance on the economy, for instance, as explanations of why t...

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Serbian military leader Ratko Mladic faces trial for genocide and war crimes

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The trial of Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic begins in the Hague Wednesday morning. Mladic is being tried before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavi...


Following the Money in Congress and on the Campaign Trail

Friday, May 11, 2012

There’s been a lot of big money moving around this week that could have big consequences for the country — both on the presidential campaign front and in the GOP budget passed Thursda...

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College Grads Still Face Bleak Job Prospects

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

May is the start of college graduation season, when the nation’s bright and ambitious college seniors step out into the workforce — or hope to. But last week’s job numbers show job gr...

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Watching and Judging: The Guantanamo Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Monday, May 07, 2012

September 11 self-proclaimed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is on trial before a Guantanamo Bay military tribunal. By day one the trial was already hitting some snags. All of the 9...

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Chesapeake Energy: Could This Be the Next Enron?

Friday, May 04, 2012

This week, Chesapeake Energy CEO and billionaire Aubrey McClendon is coming under fire for potential conflicts of interest after a Reuters report found he oversaw a hedge fund that tr...


Native American Women Lack Access to "Plan B" Contraception

Friday, March 23, 2012

A new report says women living on Native American reservations face major obstacles to accessing Plan B emergency contraception. The report also criticizes the Indian Health Service f...

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Anti-Obesity Drug Approved by FDA Advisory Panel

Friday, February 24, 2012

This week a Federal Drug Administration panel backed the approval of a weight loss drug called Qnexa. Strictly intended for use by clinically overweight people with BMIs over 27kg/m2, Qnexa is a combination of an already-existing weight loss drug and another drug not yet approved for weight loss. At present, many doctors use this particular combination of drugs to treat obese patients, but this approval would allow them not to go "off the label" with their prescriptions.


Some Combat Restrictions for Women Lifted

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Pentagon announced new rules this week that would allow women to serve closer to the front lines and will be implemented later this summer. The changes would allow women to serve in non-infantry battalion jobs, such as radio operators, intelligence analysts, medics, radar operators and tank mechanics. This could open up 14,000 new jobs to female troops, largely in the army and marine corps.  

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The Audience's Role in a Debate

Thursday, January 26, 2012

With 23 debates held thus far, the GOP candidates have conjured a great deal of applause, cheers, boos and laughter. But whether or not audience reactions are allowed is largely dependent on the commentator and arena: Brian Williams instructed the audience of this Monday's debate broadcast on NBC to refrain from clapping or any verbal reactions. On Tuesday, Newt Gingrich told "Fox & Friends" host Gretchen Carlson that he disagrees with silencing debate audiences, and threatened not to participate in future debates that prohibit reactions.

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The Legacy of General David Petraeus

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

From February 10, 2007 to September 16, 2008, retired General David Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. He was the mastermind behind the counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan until July of 2011, when he became director of the CIA. He is arguably one of the most influential military leaders in recent American history. A new biography about General Petraeus comes out this week.


Egypt One Year After the Revolution

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Over the past twelve months, the country has taken big steps to transition to a more democratic government. Egypt rewrote its constitution and the first freely elected parliament in more than 60 years held their first session this week.


Supreme Court Rules Against GPS Tracking

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Monday the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that police violated the 4th amendment when they placed a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days. In his opinion on the case, Justice Anthony Scalia wrote that the use of GPS constituted a "search" and therefore requires a warrant. This ruling may have an impact on other cases where GPS was used, as well as other types of surveillance mechanisms.

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The Implications of Internet Shutdowns

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wikipedia and several other websites participated in an online "blackout" on Wednesday in protest over SOPA and PIPA, anti-piracy bills that would allow the government to fine or blacklist sites accused of copyright violations. The message of the blackouts have come across not just to the online community, but with members of Congress — some who, like Republican Senator Marco Rubio, withdrew their support of the bill. But the blackouts bring up broader questions about the implications of shutting down the Internet as a form of protest.


Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on SOPA Shutdown

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More than 7,000 websites shut themselves down on Wednesday in a one-day protest of the anti-piracy bills now in Congress. The blackout has some U.S. lawmakers thinking twice about voting for the bills. The Protect IP Act, or PIPA, lost support from two former co-sponsors, Republican Senators Marco Rubio and John Cornyn.'s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, talks about why his website joined in on the blackout and if he thinks it was a success.


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