The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). "Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons," a statement from the Nobel Committee says. Joining us to weigh in on the decision, and the remaining work to be done by in the region, is David Kay, a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
This weekend’s big film release celebrates the heroism of Captain Richard Phillips, who commandeered the Maersk Alabama in 2009—until it was invaded by armed Somali pirates. During the attack, Captain Phillips was kidnapped and held hostage. His second in command, Chief Mate Shane Murphy, was forced to take over as Master of the Maersk Alabama. The real Captain Murphy shares his side of the story and his thoughts on the new film, "Captain Phillips."
This week, the Obama Administration announced that the U.S. would freeze some of its aid to Egypt, withholding several pieces of weaponry and $260 million in aid. The country has depended on American aid for 35 years, ever since Egypt signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel and the U.S. in September 1978. Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel Daniel Kurtzer examines how U.S. suspension of aid to Egypt will affect the country's relationship with Israel and the U.S.
As Congress negotiates with President Barack Obama, and thousands of furloughed federal workers anxiously await a return to the office, Senate Chaplain Barry Black counsels compromise and compassion to his lawmaking flock. Today on The Takeaway, Senate Chaplain Black explores the role of faith in Congress, and discusses the federal shutdown.
This week, two big releases allow movie lovers to enjoy real and fictional heroes and villains. For reality lovers, there's "Captain Phillips" and for lovers of fiction, there's "Machete Kills." Our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer—weighs in with their thoughts. In addition to co-hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.
A new report released today by Human Rights Watch shows that hundreds of civilians have been caught in the line of fire by Syrian Rebels. Armed opposition groups in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages during a military offensive that began in rural Latakia governorate on August 4, 2013, according to the report. Joining us to discuss this report and what it means for the Syrian civil war is Lara Setrakian, founder of Syria Deeply.
It’s day 11, and there finally seems to be a breakthrough in the impasse in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner pitched a short term debt-cap increase yesterday, an offer that could come to a vote in the Capitol today. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on the federal debt crisis is Mark Patterson, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Chief of Staff at the Treasury Department from 2009 until May of this year.
If we've gleaned anything from the government shutdown, it's that the battle lines are drawn. In many instances, both supporters and opponents of Obamacare have come out with dramatic assessments of what exactly the Affordable Care Act will do, making it difficult to parse fact from fiction. Joining us to dig through some of the rhetoric is Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of PolitiFact and our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
The federal government is still closed for business—the first time in almost 20 years. The government shutdown is now in week two, but Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the votes are there to reopen the government. Joining us to explain is one of our essential employees, the Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
Can we really call the Affordable Care Act universal healthcare? According to new data analyzed by our partner The New York Times, of the 26 states rejecting Medicaid expansion, roughly 2/3 of the nation's uninsured working poor call those states home. Joining us on the line to help explain these numbers is Sabrina Tavernise, health reporter for our partner The New York Times.
Could we prevent accidental shootings if we had the technology to somehow make guns ”child-proof?" Michael Recce, an associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, developed a technology that would make it almost impossible for a gun to be discharged by anyone but its owner. Jim Schaff is the vice president of marketing for Yardarm Technologies. The company is developing a “wireless trigger safety” application for firearms, which links a gun’s geospatial position to the cell phone of its owner.
Should body image be viewed as a public health issue? And if yes, is city hall the best forum to discuss these issues? The Takeaway is joined by Samantha Levine, an aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who conceived of the NYC Girls Project and is serving as its project director. And Emily Rems is managing editor of Bust, a magazine that covers news and culture from feminist perspective. They feature models and editorial content with a wide range of women and body types.
Wikipedia is a site that generally doesn't sit well in the world of academia. But in a new effort pursued at the University of California at San Francisco, medical students will be able to get course credit for editing Wikipedia articles about diseases. Dr. Amin Azzam is a health sciences associate clinical professor at U.C.S.F and he will be teaching the one-month course of Wikipedia editing this December.
Just around the corner an even bigger national fiscal catastrophe is looming. In September the U.S. Treasury warned Congress that if the nation's debt limit is not raised by October 17th the U.S. will run out of cash to pay off its debts. What exactly is a debt ceiling? And why will so much be at stake in this next political fight? James Surowiecki, a financial columnist for The New Yorker, joins The Takeaway to explain.
While the shutdown has had a very real impact, particularly on the 800,000 fuloughed government workers, with the near-constant speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, the shutdown has become a battle of public relations. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, examines who will come out on top in the 2013 image war.
The online healthcare marketplaces are up and running and Americans have rushed to see what they have to offer. Hugh Meade, a carpenter and independent sign contractor living in Oklahoma City, was among them. Hugh has been priced out of purchasing health insurance for much the last 10 years, but Tuesday he logged on to the marketplace in the hope of finding coverage he can afford.
Congress has not agreed to put a spending bill in place, forcing the government to shutdown for the first time in almost 20 years. What exactly does this mean for basic government functions? What impact will this have on our slowly recovering economy? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the details of the shutdown and what implications it will have.
Unless Democrats and Republicans can strike a deal on a spending bill by the end of the day, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 AM Tuesday. If the two parties can't agree, the government will shutdown for the first time since late 1995. Joining us to explain the showdown on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, who has followed the drama straight through the weekend.
Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Christie is a Republican Strategist and former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ben Domenech is Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute and publisher of The Federalist. They debate the pros and cons of Senator Cruz's strategy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich fills us in on what the GOP's next move might be.
The Senate is set to vote on a House budget that would defund Obamacare tomorrow. Congress must authorize new government spending by October 1—less than a week away-- or risk a partial government shutdown. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the political machinations happening in Congress.