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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Can Obama Get a Climate Deal Without Congress?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Obama Administration is looking to use executive authority in order to get an international agreement on climate change without Senate approval.

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Police Departments Lose Military Equipment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Over 150 police departments have been suspended from a controversial Pentagon program that transfers military equipment to state and local police. Among the reasons—they lost weapons.

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ISIS: America's Next War?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After years at war, the United States is ramping up military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the risk of another long, drawn-out conflict looms large.

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Say Goodbye to Bad Memories

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What if you could take any one unpleasant memory and rewrite it to have sunnier associations? Researchers say they’ve managed to transform bad memories into good ones in mice.

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Despite Gazan Cease-Fire, No Long-Term Peace Plan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Israel and Hamas finally agreed to a cease-fire this week. But many say the deal hardly addresses most of the underlying problems that prompted this summer of fighting.

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America Is Over The Burger

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Millennials, in particular, are turning away from hamburger chains, but coffee sales are booming, and the deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons is right in step with those changes.

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The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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Diversity in Friendships: Should We Care?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We make very conscious decisions about who our friends are—about how we make friends and break off friendships—but do we really think about the backgrounds of our friend?

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A New War Front for Russia & Ukraine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Talks between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia were inconclusive on Tuesday, as a new front in Ukraine's fight with Russian-backed separatists opened in southern Ukraine. 

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When The White House Burned

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

About 200 years ago, British troops burned the White House in the midst of the War of 1812. Here, a British author commemorates the event—and its aftermath. 

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How to Be a Well-Mannered Tennis Fan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The U.S. Open has a reputation of drawing noisier crowds, and while some players say a boisterous audience is energizing, not all athletes are equally appreciative of the extra decibels.

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Race and Friendship: The Role of Segregation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A recent survey finds that 75 percent of white Americans have no non-white friends. We look at the role historically segregated housing plays.

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Is There Such a Thing As a Just War?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last week, Pope Francis entered into a conversation about war and confronting evil. When he was asked about ISIS, Francis said that the militant group must be stopped.

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Russia And Ukraine Meet For Peace Talks

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today, peace talks are underway in Minsk between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro O. Poroshenko. More than 2,000 people have died in the conflict so far.

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The U.S. & ISIS: New Questions Over Doing Deals With Dictators

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Do we know who our friends are? Though the U.S. once considered bombing Syria, some say that aligning with President Bashar Al-Assad, who has been fighting ISIS, is a necessary evil.

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Investigation Reveals Dark Side to Nursing Homes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A new investigation from Takeaway partner The New York Times finds that nursing homes frequently manipulate the Medicare ratings system to guarantee a five star rating.

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Hollywood's Favorite Bro Shares His Fantasy Football Tips

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Take a knee, news junkies—it's fantasy football season. Don't worry if you know jack about the game. Mark Duplass of "The League" stopped by to share his fantasy football tips.

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In Ukraine, Russia Presents New Challenge

Monday, August 25, 2014

The United States cannot examine the Ukrainian conflict through the same prism it's viewed wars in the Middle East. It may be time for the United States to take a more decisive stance. 

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Earthquake Rocks California Wine Country

Monday, August 25, 2014

While centered in Napa, a 6.0 earthquake rocked the region over the weekend—it was the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco area in 25 years. More than 100 people were injured.

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Hope Running Out for Immigration Reform

Monday, August 25, 2014

Univision's Fernando Pizarro and KJZZ Reporter Kate Sheehy discuss ongoing deportations to Central America and the business community's influence on executive immigration reforms.

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