T.J. Raphael

Takeaway Digital Content Editor

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Saying Goodbye to David Letterman

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tonight, David Letterman will take to the stage of the Late Show one last time.

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The Patriot Act's Uncertain Future

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Section 215 of the Patriot Act gives the federal government authority to collect American phone records in bulk. Just a few days before it expires, the Senate might finally change it.

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The Fight to Save Ramadi From ISIS

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS forces this weekend. Now Shiite militias are preparing for a counterattack. 

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From Ukraine to Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Last month, 24-year-old Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii made his American debut at Carnegie Hall after playing for nearly his entire life in Ukraine.

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Migrant Crisis Brews in the Bay of Bengal

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thousands of Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group from Myanmar, are stranded adrift in the Bay of Bengal, and the situation is quickly turning in to an emergency.

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Wanted: Do Cash Rewards Help Hunt Down Terrorists?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The U.S. government shells out millions to people that have information on suspected terrorists. Are bounties for information effective, or are they a huge waste of taxpayer money?

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The Real Sons of Anarchy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

In Waco, Texas, 9 people are dead and 170 have been arrested after a biker gang shootout. Is the Hollywood portrayal of outlaw biker gangs more accurate than we thought?

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The Remarkable Man Who Invented BASE Jumping

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Carl Boenish is credited with inventing the extreme sport of BASE jumping. His widow talks to The Takeaway about her husband, and the new movie that tells his story, "Sunshine Superman."

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The Campaign Ad that Reshaped Criminal Justice

Monday, May 18, 2015

What happens when politicians use fears of violence and tragedy for political gain? We found out in 1988 when infamous criminal Willie Horton was featured in a campaign ad.

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The Truth About Lies

Monday, May 18, 2015

There's a lot you may not know about lying. Including the fact that you may be lying to yourself right now. 

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Nearly 200 to Be Charged in TX Biker Gang Shootout

Monday, May 18, 2015

A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas left nearly nine people dead and 18 others wounded on Sunday.

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Called to Fight: Minnesota Teens Join ISIS

Monday, May 18, 2015

How does a teenager go from Apple Valley, Minnesota to the front lines of Syria? According to federal investigators, about 15 young men have left Minnesota to fight with ISIS.

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America: A Superpower No More?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Writer Ian Bremmer says the U.S. needs to pick a foreign policy strategy and stick to it. His new book offers three possible suggestions.  

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Mohamed Morsi Receives Death Sentence

Monday, May 18, 2015

On Saturday, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death in the latest mass trial by military court in Egypt.

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Why We Love Stories About the End of the World

Friday, May 15, 2015

As we look at the current crop of dystopian books and films on the market, it's hard not to notice that these fictional futures bear a striking resemblance to our very real world.

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'Shadow Work': The Dark Side of Self-Service

Friday, May 15, 2015

We pump our own gas. We assemble our own furniture. Craig Lambert examines the dark side of self-service in his new book, "Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day."

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How Sweet Briar College Shaped Generations of Women Leaders

Friday, May 15, 2015

After more than 100 years, Sweet Briar College—an all-women's institutions just outside Lynchburg, Virginia—is set to close its doors for good.

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Controversy on Capitol Hill

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Senator Ron Wyden has serious disagreements with the White House over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the NSA's bulk data collection program—two issues moving through Congress.

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King of Saudi Arabia Sits Out Meeting With Obama

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A number of leaders from the Gulf Nations are meeting with President Obama today, with one notable absence: King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

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When Art is For the 1%

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rich people are snapping up art as an investment, driving prices beyond the reach of public museums and institutions. 

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