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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, December 12, 2014

A graphic novel in GIFs, Werner Herzog's inspirational quotes and a montage of Stephen Colbert pulling stuff out from behind his desk won the Internet this week.

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12/13/14: The Last Sequential Date of The Century

Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday is 12/13/14 is the last sequential date of the century, but there are other dates on the calendar with sequential meaning.

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The Worst New Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with the Jargonator's Ben Schott.

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Chinese Govt. Makes Millions Selling Cigarettes

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Andrew Martin investigates China's multi-billion dollar tobacco industry—and the rise of cancer—for the latest issue of the magazine.

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The Cross Examination of Dick Cheney

Thursday, December 11, 2014

David Nevin, lead defense counsel for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, tells The Takeaway what questions he would ask former Vice President Dick Cheney if he were to the stand at KSM's trial.  

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KSM's Defense Has Questions For VP Cheney

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In light of the Senate report on CIA torture, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lead defense attorney describes what questions he would ask former V.P. Dick Cheney if he took the stand at Gitmo.

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Elizabeth Warren Takes on Dems in Spending Fight

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lawmakers are hoping to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid another government shutdown—and it could prove to be a big political moment for Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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Why It's So Hard to Discipline a Police Officer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC's Robert Lewis managed to get the story about one complaint against an NYPD last year, and it sheds new light on why disciplining police is so difficult.  

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Meet The Man Who 'Saved' The Motor City

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Motor City has emerged from bankruptcy. The Takeaway speaks to the former emergency manager, a man who many credit for turning the city around.

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America: Kicking an Addiction to Mid East Oil?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Wednesday, the price of a barrel of oil fell to a five year low. For the first time in years, gas prices across the country are below $3.00 a gallon.

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It's Terrifyingly Easy to Be an Armed Security Guard

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A new investigation into the armed security guard industry finds that applicants face little scrutiny and few training hours before they're on patrol.

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Torture & The Law: Justifying the Unjustifiable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We already have the legal framework for preventing torture, but it hasn't worked. We explore what new policies should be put in place, and the ways existing policies can be enforced.

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Kerry Asks for Unfettered War Against ISIS

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

While everyone was focused on the torture report, Sec. of State John Kerry testified before Congress and said that the president wants virtually no restrictions to fight against ISIS.

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AFI Cranks it Up to 11 with Their List of Best Pictures of the Year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Instead of offering a top 10 list of best pictures, as they've done every year, the American Film Institute compiled a top 11 list for 2014. Here's why.

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Torture Report: Past Mistakes & Future Prosecutions?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The CIA went out of is way to lie to the White House and Congress about the intelligence derived from torture, and the level of violence inflicted on detainees, among other things.

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How the Supreme Court Became an 'Echo Chamber'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An new investigation finds that a small, elite group of attorneys are increasingly more likely to have their cases heard before the Supreme Court. 

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Building a Case for Life on Mars

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

New evidence shows that early in the history of the planet, Mars likely had rivers, lakes, and oceans of water for tens of millions of years—potentially long enough for life to form.

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ACLU Director: Prosecute or Pardon Bush for CIA Torture

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The ACLU executive director says that President Obama should prosecute or pardon President Bush and members of his administration to establish, with finality, that torture is illegal.

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The CIA Torture Report: A 'Gut Check Moment' for U.S. Democracy

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The report, which includes several disturbing findings, finds that "the interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others."

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U.S. Bogged Down With Too Many Cranberries

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The holiday season is the golden hour for cranberries. But this year there are a few too many berries for Americans to consume.

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