The Takeaway covers the live proceedings of the bond hearing for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Mr. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, says he plans to seek Zimmerman's release from a correctional facility in Sanford while his legal proceedings are under way. Joining us from Florida is Dale Carson, a lawyer, retired legal instructor for the FBI, and a former police officer.
President Barack Obama’s team is reportedly on the hunt to hire more African-Americans, a search that has stirred a debate among black Democrats about Obama’s record on diversity and its implications for his reelection. Joining us is Jonathan Allen, Politico Senior Washington Correspondent.
Iraqi security officials say more than 30 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks across the country, and dozens more have been injured. We hear a personal look at how the country faces continuing political instability from Dan Damon, host of the BBC's World Update. Damon spoke with Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashimi, who has been on the run after an arrest warrant was issued against him in December by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
India test-fired a nuclear-capable missile last night, capable of reaching 3,100 miles and within range of China's key cities. India joins the U.S., China, Britain, France and Russia as the only nations with these kinds of weapons. David Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for our partner the New York Times.
Steven Lee Myers, diplomatic correspondent in Washington for our partner The New York Times, gives us a new look at the U.S.' role in the scandal surrounding Chinese Communist Party chief Bo Xilai and his role in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood.
The Los Angeles Times has published graphic photos showing U.S. military personnel posing with the dead bodies of Afghan insurgents. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan wasted little time condemning the actions in the pictures, saying in a statement that "the incident depicted in the LA Times' photographs represents a serious error in judgment by several soldiers who have acted out of ignorance and unfamiliarity with U.S. Army values." Joining us is Peter Galbraith, former UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
“This is a life-threatening situation. You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter.” That was the explicit public warning heard in communities across five states over the weekend as a weather pattern idea for the creation of severe storms lived up to its billing by weather forecasters. More than 100 tornadoes in 24 hours hit following an extraordinarily clear and persistent series of warnings days in advance. But the warning did nothing to temper the severity of the storms. Michael Kimball is a reporter with The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma.
When people think of Michigan's economy, they generally think of places like Detroit and Flint, and of the state's once great automobile manufacturing sites. But Martina Guzmán of WDET takes a closer look at the economic benefits of one of the Great Lakes State's most tried and true resources: water.
"Do you Yahoo?" was the web giant's catchphrase, but not enough people are answering in the affirmative these days. Yahoo has announced that it is laying off 2,000 employees in the hopes of turning around the company. Joe Nocera, Op-Ed columnist for our partner The New York Times, says Yahoo should be a cautionary tale for other tech companies like Google and Facebook, who might be next in line.
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.
All this week, the Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The centerpiece of President Obama's health care reform legislation — and the focus of the debate at the Court — is the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. The Court won't issue a ruling until June, but if they do declare the mandate unconstitutional, how much of a real difference will it make for you and your health care?
T. Boone Pickens is an unlikely environmentalist. The native Oklahoman made his fortune in the oil business, and then, in 2008, shifted his focus to America's energy future. The result is the Pickens Plan, an energy policy to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil through alternative energy and natural gas. Pickens will detail his plan at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, this week, where John Hockenberry is also speaking.
As voters in Michigan prepared to head to the ballots Tuesday, President Obama delivered a rousing speech to the United Auto Workers Union in Washington D.C., taking the opportunity to campaign on the success of the auto-bailout. Three years and some $80 billion later, the rescue of Chrysler and GM has remained fresh in the minds of voters in Michigan. However, the significance of the bank and auto bail-outs may mean something else — or perhaps nothing at all — to voters in other parts of the country.
After half a century at the forefront of space exploration, NASA’s been hit by hard times. Last year, its groundbreaking and celebrated space-shuttle program was shuttered. The cosmos won’t see another American spacecraft for at least another decade, and that once dreamed of trip to Mars — not too long ago a serious interest of the U.S. government — isn't even close to being a priority.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a jack of all trades — and a master of each. During his 20 year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, he won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. He also made a big splash as an actor, debuting in Bruce Lee's "Game of Death" and making notable cameos in films like "Airplane!." And now, he's the author of "What Color Is My World?," a book for children about African-American inventors.
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."
Most college students don’t find much time in between classes, studying, and planning their own futures to solve major problems in their local communities. But when Harrisburg, Pennsylvania found itself on the brink of bankruptcy, a college student saved the day. The 23-year-old John Campbell is also the city’s treasurer. He was elected to the post on January 3 and has a step-by-step plan to save the state capital from financial collapse.
Wyatt Cenac is best known as "The Daily Show" correspondent behind popular segments like "Black to the Future" and "Rapper or Republican." When he is not working for "The Daily Show," Cenac’s is acting and performing as a stand-up comedian. His current project, hosting the fourth season of "AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange," is a documentary series profiling men and women from across the African Diaspora — including California punk band Fishbone, a 26-year-old solar energy entrepreneur in Mali, and a minister’s daughter who plays calypso music.
George W. Bush made significant gains in attracting Hispanic voters, traditionally a strongly Democratic voting bloc, during his time in office. But those gains disappeared in 2008 when Barack Obama won more than two-thirds of the Latino vote. Despite the unpopularity of his administration's deportation strategy, Latin voters support Obama more than his Republican rivals. Realizing that they are missing a portion of the electorate that continues to grow, the GOP has initiated a Hispanic Outreach Effort for the 2010 election.
Three days before the South Carolina Republican primary it seems like time has run out for Mitt Romney’s GOP rivals. The former Massachusetts governor is winning by a large margin in South Carolina polls, and should he go on to win the Palmetto state, he most likely will earn the Republican presidential nomination. But who knows what attacks will be launched, endorsements will be made and what surprises might be in store over the next 72 hours. Chad Connelly, South Carolina's GOP chairman, talks about the political climate in his home state.