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T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

News Quiz | Week of June 20, 2014

Friday, June 20, 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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Arizona Lawmaker Reacts to Detention of Hundreds of Immigrant Children

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than 1,000 migrant children have been shipped to a Nogales, Arizona holding center, and state officials are less than pleased with the scarlet "I" the center is casting on their border town.

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Iraq War Vets Reflect as the Nation Unravels

Friday, June 20, 2014

Diplomats, policy experts, and advisors have all weighed in on the unraveling of Iraq, but if there's anyone who has most acutely felt the anguish of the collapse of democracy in Iraq this week, it's the men and women who were on the front lines of the Iraq War.

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House Votes to Defund NSA Spying Programs

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Republican controlled House of Representatives took a surprising step to curb the federal government's power by voting to defund two key NSA programs. But the bill still has to pass the Senate.

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Iraqi Ambassador: Iraq Conflict Could Go Global

Friday, June 20, 2014

As the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily is a man in a very difficult position right now. Here, Ambassador Faily answers some tough questions about whether his government can survive.

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An Inside Look at Mexico's Drug War

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We're in close proximity to a raging drug war, yet most of us couldn't be more removed from the realities occurring just over the border.

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Philly Man Implicated in Deaths at Auschwitz

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Up until yesterday, as far as anyone knew, 89-year-old Johann Breyer was just a retired tool worker from the former nation of Czechoslovakia. Today he stands accused of being an armed guard from Auschwitz, where he allegedly worked to kill victims of the Holocaust in gas chambers.

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Undocumented Children & The Pull of the Capital

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Driven away from their communities by poverty and violence, there has been an influx of undocumented children coming to the U.S. from Central America. They’re crossing the U.S.–Mexican border in alarming numbers—90,000 unaccompanied minors are expected to be apprehended this year.

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On Juneteenth, How Reparations for Slavery Could Actually Work

Thursday, June 19, 2014

For many African Americans, Juneteenth has become the most celebrated day in American history. It is both a celebration of our victories, and a reminder of how much more there still is to do in the fight for racial equality. 

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Iraq: America's Conversation

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Should Iraq continue to matter to America? For today's veterans, civilians, and soldiers, the answer has perhaps never been more important - or more urgent. 

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New Tech Enables Weather When You Want It

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Cloud seeding," a decades-old method of pumping silver iodide overhead to encourage rainfall, is on the rise as rainfall declines. And scientists can finally say with confidence that it works.

 

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Is There Such a Thing as a 'Good Guy With a Gun'?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Law-abiding gun owners say the current debate over the second amendment doesn't include their point of view. But as a recent example shows, legality and good intentions don't always prevent tragedy. 

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GA Execution is First Since Botched Injection

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Georgia prisoner Marcus Wellons, who was convicted in the 1989 rape and murder of a teenage girl, was the first prisoner put to death since the horribly botched execution in Oklahoma seven weeks ago.

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The New Politics of Benghazi

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Obama Administration will set a new precedent with the trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected leader of the attacks in Benghazi. Instead of trying him at Guantánamo Bay, a Washington, D.C. judge will hear the case. The decision is igniting new political tensions.

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Should the U.S. Look to Iran for Help with Iraq?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My enemy's enemy is my friend? It's a line that's pervaded discussions about the possibility of the U.S. and Iran teaming up to address a rapidly destabilizing Iraq. Hillary Mann Leverett, co-author of "Going To Tehran: Why America Must Accept the Islamic Republic of Iran," weighs in.

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Rare Stamp Sells For $9.5 Million at Auction

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On Tuesday evening, a 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp crossed Sotheby's auction block and sold for a record-breaking $9.5 million, setting a new record for the most expensive stamp sold at auction and the most valuable object by weight and size.

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From Stay-at-Home Mom to Multi-Million-Dollar CEO

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Brandi Tysinger-Temple's husband was facing a layoff, so she started selling homemade customized kids clothes on the internet.

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Confronting the Ghosts of a War Not Past

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

America's fingerprints are everywhere, and the U.S. is again facing questions about its responsibility to a country it invaded in 2003. But does the blame game help? What role, if any, should America take now?

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Ghana Vs. Team USA: A Misguided Prediction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Robert Asare-Akoto, a Ghanaian soccer fan living in New York City, offered The Takeaway a misguided prediction about the World Cup. He explained that Ghana was going to destroy Team USA—just hours before Clint Dempsey broke his heart.

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An Iraq War Dissident on the Current Crisis

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The situation in Iraq looks painfully familiar: a fragile democracy exploded by longtime ethnic rivalries. In the lead-up to the Iraq War, back in November 2002, journalist James Fallows explained his opposition to a preemptive strike on Iraq.

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