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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Common Core Exams Push Some Parents to Opt-Out

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A growing number of parents and activists are convinced high-profile tests aren't accurate markers of a child's achievement, and many are choosing to "opt-out" by boycotting tests aligned to the new Common Core standards.

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A Look at Sleep Deprivation—Wall Street Style

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In the city that supposedly never sleeps, it’s not nightlife that’s preventing people from getting their Z’s: It’s more work. That’s certainly the case on Wall Street, which has long been known for marathon work-weeks.

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Inside Hobby Lobby's 'Hypocrisy'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

An analysis of documents finds that Hobby Lobby's employee 401k retirement plan holds more than $73 million in mutual funds with companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs used in abortions. 

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The high court's decision frees the nation's wealthiest donors to contribute to as many candidates and party organizations as they want...and thereby have greater influence in federal elections.

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Ghosts of Russian History Still Alive in Europe

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

As Russia flexes its muscles in Ukraine, the present looks all too familiar for many Europeans. For them, the ghosts of Russian history are still alive in the region today. 

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Climate Change Means Profits for Some, Meaningful Action for Few

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the impacts of a changing environment are here to stay. The panel concluded that global warming is real, it's affecting every continent, and time is of the essence.

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Today's Highlights | April 01, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Wisconsin has long been heralded as a place ahead of its time when it comes to environmentalism. But all that might change...Could an American who was convicted decades ago for spying for Israel be a key bargaining chip in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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GM Faces Another Test for Survival: Congress

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

CEO Mary Barra testifies before Congress today as her company recalls yet another 1.3 million vehicles because of problems with electronic power-steering. Why the auto-maker's future might have more to do with lawmakers than car buyers. 

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This Is Where: Poems About Places That Matter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Think of a place that carries a lot of meaning. Can you put that place into words? Our friends at WLRN in Miami are teaming with O, Miami, a regional poetry festival, to get members of their community to share poems about the places they care about with the hashtag #ThisIsWhere.

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Turkey's Elections & A Prime Minister's Future

Monday, March 31, 2014

Voters in Turkey went to the polls to decide on more than their next mayors—the election could very likely be a direct referendum on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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How I Got Roped Into the #CancelColbert Twitter Drama

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stephen Colbert tried to make fun of racists by making a racist joke. It didn't go over well on Twitter. Here's the story behind the latest "weaponized hashtag."

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U.N. Top Court Rules Japan Must Stop Whale Hunts

Monday, March 31, 2014

The United Nations' top court—the International Court of Justice—has ruled that Japan must stop its whale hunts in the waters of the Antarctic. This is a battle that has been brewing between the Japanese and anti-whaling activists for decades.

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As Clock Ticks, ACA Seeks Minority Enrollment

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31 is the deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance. The White House reports that 6 million people have signed up for coverage so far, but some of the most important groups for the ACA—minorities—have yet to get on board.

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Today's Highlights | March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Also on Today's Show: How did the United States enter into such a dire debt crisis? What went wrong?...In the 1980s and 1990s, reports first started to emerge about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. This week’s Retro Report examines the bishops who covered up the crimes.

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Could the NCAA Union Ruling Help Women's Teams?

Friday, March 28, 2014

College sports are in the spotlight after a landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board determined that athletes on Northwestern University's football team have the right to unionize. But the ruling could also mean more money for women's teams.

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Misbehaving Secret Service Agents Raise Questions

Friday, March 28, 2014

New incidents of unruly behavior by Secret Service agents are again raising questions about the culture of the agency. From prostitutes to excessive drinking, are these incidents a sign of a bigger problem with the agency's culture?

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News Quiz | Week of March 28

Friday, March 28, 2014

Are you a newsie? Do you know what's happening from Washington to Hollywood to Pyongyang? Be smarter than your pals. Prep your dinner party factoids. Gauge your knowledge about what happened this week, as heard on The Takeaway.

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House Passes Last Minute 'Doc Fix' Bill

Friday, March 28, 2014

Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.

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Labor Leader Reflects on Chavez's Legacy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ahead of Cesar Chavez Day—a multi-state holiday designed to honor the Chavez's service to the community—Dolores Huerta joins The Takeaway to reflect on the era the work of Chavez and what still needs to be done for farm workers and other laborers in this country.

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Water Shortages Spark Fights Over Access to H2O

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The U.S. is experiencing an increasing frequency of water supply problems—from dry conditions in California to strong drought conditions in Texas. David Sedlak, co-director of the Berkeley Water Center and author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource," looks back at the history of this most precious resource. Two water-rights lawyers, Sarah Klahn, and Stuart Somach, show us how droughts play out in the courtroom. 

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