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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Are Criminal Charges the Best Way to Prevent Cyberbullying?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This week, a Florida police department charged two girls ages 14 and 12 with aggravated stalking—a third-degree felony—for bullying a peer that eventually committed suicide. As more and more young people define their lives online, stories show that cyberbullying can have devastating consequences. But are felony charges the best way to punish bullies and prevent future incidents? What role should parents and teachers play? Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and a fellow at Yale Law School, examines all of these questions. 

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Former Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal on Shutdown Aftermath

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Congress still has to reach a long-term plan for taxing and spending policies, and once again come to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling in 2014. Otherwise, the Treasury Department will be unable to pay its bills. W. Michael Blumenthal, former Treasury Secretary and author of the new memoir, “From Exile to Washington: A Memoir of Leadership in the Twentieth Century,” reflects on the nation's fiscal climate and his own time in office.

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Crisis Averted: Congress Ends Government Shutdown, Raises Debt Ceiling

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Last night Congress ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, avoiding the latest manufactured fiscal crisis. But before the relief kicks in, know that the drama is not over. The budget passed last night is only a temporary one that will have to be revisited in December, otherwise there will likely be a replay of the same situation. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what happened and the way ahead.

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GOP Suffers in Polls Over Budget Battle Tactics

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The shutdown may be over, and the debt ceiling raised for now, but the effects of the last two weeks could be long-lasting—both economically and politically. Americans are not happy with the shutdown and they are blaming Republicans—at least that’s what the latest polling data suggests. Gary Langer runs Langer Research Associates, a nonpartisan polling group that directs polling for ABC News. He explains the latest findings.

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Sen. McConnell Secures $3B For Kentucky in Debt Ceiling & Shutdown Deal

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The debt deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has something tucked away in it that directly benefits Kentucky, the home state of Sen. McConnell. A section of the bill secures close to $3 billion in funding for one of Sen. McConnell's pet projects: A dam project on the Ohio River. Phillip Bailey, political editor at WFPL, has been reporting on this story from Louisville, KY. He joins The Takeaway to explain.

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Christians Turned Atheists Discuss Decision to Leave Family Faith Behind

Thursday, October 17, 2013

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a full 1 in 4 millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, do not affiliate with any faith. They haven't just lapsed in observance, but have chosen to leave organized religion altogether. Three young Christians turned atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church. Emily Peterson, Daniel Munoz, Amber van Natten all grew up in traditional Christian households but now identify as atheists and humanists.

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Senate Reaches Bipartisan Fiscal Deal

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The uncertainty on Capitol Hill seems to be over—for now at least. Democratic and Republican Senate leaders have reportedly reached an agreement on a deal to reopen the government and avert a debt ceiling breach. With us to discuss the latest developments in the nation's capital is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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The Latest Cutting-Edge "Stuff" in Science & Technology Innovation

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

David Pogue hosts the NOVA series "Making Stuff," which begins tonight at 9 PM Eastern on PBS with the episode “Making Stuff: Faster.” Other episodes in the series, produced by our partner WGBH, include "Making Stuff: Wilder," "Making Stuff: Colder," and "Making Stuff: Safer." Pogue, a tech columnist for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest cutting-edge "stuff" in science and technology innovation.

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Iran Nuclear Enrichment Talks Enter Day Two

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Talks over Iran’s nuclear program enter their second day today in Geneva. Can the discussions produce a negotiated solution to an enduring standoff? George Perkovich, a former foreign policy adviser to then-Sen. Joe Biden from 1989 to 1990. He is currently director of the nuclear policy program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ task force on U.S. nuclear policy 

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President Taft's Surprisingly Modern Diet Struggle

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Newly unearthed letters and diaries of President William Howard Taft show that the famously "corpulent" president pursued several modern dieting techniques, including keeping a food diary and seeking the council of a "physical culture man"—his year's version of a personal trainer. Dr. Deborah Levine, assistant professor of health policy and management at Providence College, discusses her findings about President Taft.

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Syrian and Somali Refugees Seek Solace in Malta

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Since the start of 2013, more than 4,600 Syrians have fled the civil war and reached Italy by sea, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported last month. Just 369 Syrians migrated to Italy in 2012. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Nuala McGovern, presenter of BBC's Newsday, who is reporting from Malta. She's joined by Abbas, a 17-year-old Somali migrant currently staying in a camp in Malta.

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States Anxiously Hope for Federal Budget Deal

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline looms and states are scrambling to fill in the gaps. In the wake of the Great Recession, state budgets are already stretched thin—and a federal default could spell catastrophe. Michigan state budget director John Nixon and California budget office deputy director H.D. Palmer discuss how states are coping.

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First Generation Muslim-Americans Navigate Challenges of Faith and Country

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.

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Affirmative Action Back Before the Supreme Court

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court hears a challenge to Michigan's ban on affirmative action, in the case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The outcome of this case could have repercussions for five other states that have outlawed affirmative action, including California, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska and Oklahoma. University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman explores the case and its potential impact in Michigan and across the country.

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Post Peace Prize, OPCW Sees Positive Way Forward in Syria

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Days after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the organization continues in its efforts to dismantle Syria’s cache of chemical weapons. Joining The Takeaway to explain is spokesman for the OPCW, Michael Luhan.

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Hundreds Killed in Migrant Shipwrecks

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A series of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean have killed hundreds of African and Middle Eastern migrants fleeing war-torn countries. Already, thousands more migrants have made the journey this year than in 2012, and Maltese officials are under increasing pressure to better patrol their waters. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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ACA Could See Changes Under Senate Compromise

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Caught in the middle of the debt ceiling fight and government shutdown is the Affordable Care Act, which will apparently get some tweaks under a Senate compromise. These tweaks fall far short of repeal or wholesale delay of the Act, but they make some noticeable changes. Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for the Kaiser Health News, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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International Community Urges U.S. to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Congress must act to raise the debt limit by Thursday or risk putting the federal government into default. The international community continues to ring the alarm over a U.S. default. Simon Johnson, the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, explains what a default would mean for the world economy.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Millennials & Religion

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week The Takeaway is exploring the relationship millennials, those aged 18-30, have with religion in our series "Young Nation Under God?" According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, more than one-quarter of American adults, about 28 percent, have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion, or no religion at all. Here you'll find an infographic of the trends reported by Pew.

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What Does It Mean To Be Jewish?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

32 percent of young American Jews identify as Jewish but describe themselves as having no religion. Today, young people are more likely to define their Jewish identity by ancestry, ethnicity, or culture. What does it mean to be Jewish? Three young Jewish Americans, Adam Chandler, Michael Yashinsky, and Sarah Seltzer, share their stories.

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