As Governor Sanford stays in the headlines with new comments about his infidelity, Republicans are wincing. Sanford may not have a political future, but does his party? To look at what the recent sex scandals are doing to the Republican Party, Amity Shlaes, columnist for Bloomberg News, talks to The Takeaway.
For more Amity Shlaes, watch her appearance on The Daily Show:
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"The people who come here are very excited about being here. And that's not necessarily the case with folks who move just for some job. When people come and are committed to a place or feel there's a sense of mission, they're more apt to be engaged civically."
— Lolis Eric Elie on people moving into New Orleans
Tom Davis met Al Franken when they were both in high school, undoubtedly vying for title of class clown. They became friends, writing and performing comedy routines, and eventually becoming writers for Saturday Night Live. Tom Davis joins The Takeaway to share his memories of his partner in comedy. Tom Davis is the author of 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There
"He is quick-witted. He still has a remarkable sense of humor. He's not going to abandon that. It's not going to be the first arrow in his quiver."
— Al Franken's former comedy partner Tom Davis on Franken as a Senator
According to a new census report, New Orleans is the fastest growing city in the country. Last year its population grew 8.2 percent faster than any other city. And while the population has not yet reached the levels it was before Hurricane Katrina hit, the city is well on its way. Joining us to talk about life in the Big Easy are Allison Plyer, the co-director of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, and Shantrelle Lewis, the director of the McKenna Museum of African American Art and a longtime New Orleans resident.
For a closer look at the people behind the numbers, check out New To New Orleans: The Saints Who Came Marching In.
They’re starting to call it “the cruise to nowhere.” For more than two weeks, the U.S. government has been closely tracking the progress of a North Korean ship as it makes its way across the South China Sea bound for Myanmar. At first officials thought the mystery ship could be the first test of the UN Security Council's resolution to allow inspection of suspicious ships. But now it seems that the North Koreans may be fishing for something else: a confrontation with the U.S. BBC Correspondent John Sudworth joins The Takeaway from Seoul, South Korea, with more of the story.
After 16 years, Vibe magazine made a big announcement: it's closing. The magazine founded by Quincy Jones covered the world of hip hop. But as the economy slumped, so did ad sales. Essence Magazine Senior Editor Patrik Henry Bass sees the closing of Vibe as another sign of the death of hip hop. Patrik is author of Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Nas said it three years ago: Hip Hop is Dead
"Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sen. Bob Byrd of West Virginia are both on indefinite medical leave. So at best they only have 58 votes."
— Jay Newton-Small debunking the theory that Al Franken gives Democrats 60 votes in the Senate
"Everyone also is anticipating or being extremely careful of what is going to happen next. How are the terrorist, how are the extremist groups going to react to the withdraw of American forces?"
— Nazar Janabi, formerly of the Iraqi Minister of Defense, on the U.S. troop pullout in Iraq.
"Electronic prescription process...cuts down on the potential abuse of a doctor over-prescribing. But it also looks at the patients who are going to multiple doctors which can be incredibly dangerous."
— Gil Kerlikowski of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on electronic prescriptions
"I cannot understand if the Americans and Iraqi government think that this is the right time for the leaving of the U.S. because they came in 2003 with no plan and they still don't have a plan yet."
— Taghreed, 35-year-old woman who works in construction project management, had to leave Baghdad because of security threats.
Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 30 days ago, leaving its black box somewhere in the middle of the ocean. The device holds important flight data and signals its location, but only for 30 days. Will the mystery of the crash ever be solved? Joining The Takeaway is Todd Curtis, Aviation Safety Analyst and Director of the Airsafe.com Foundation. He is also a former air safety engineer for Boeing.
"[Liberals] don't want cap and trade. They want cap. Then if you're a polluter, you pay for the right to pollute. And that's not really what this bill does at first."
— Todd Zwillich on the new climate bill
President Obama's press conference yesterday touched on a lot of issues facing the nation. To help recap the highlights of the speech and forecast what challenges the President will face in the coming months we turn to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner.
In case you missed the speech, here it is:
With all the contentious debate over health care right now, Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: they want to encourage disease prevention. This stems from the idea that by investing some money up front, you can keep medical costs lower, saving money (and improving quality of life) down the road. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) authored a portion of a health bill focused on prevention and wellness and he sat down with The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to discuss his take on health care reform.
Then we turn to Louise Russell. Ms. Russell is a research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her research challenges the idea that preventive medicine lowers the cost of medical care. The money we are investing in prevention may be doing little to improve the nation’s overall health.
"Much of this prevention does save lives, and that's our purpose here: to save lives. But we need to be spending our money as effectively as possible, and that means we need to look at each preventive intervention and say OK, it's usually going to cost us more. If we need to spend more, what's the most important thing to do for people's health?"
— Professor Louise Russell from Rutger's University on preventative healthcare