Confirmation hearings for members of President-elect Obama’s cabinet continue and in the hot seat today is Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, nominated as Secretary of Homeland Security. She would be the first Democrat and the first woman to fill that post. Joining The Takeaway to talk about Napolitano’s history in government is Matt Benson, a political reporter who covers the governor’s office for the Arizona Republic.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is a frequent (and loud) critic of the United States. Despite his dislike for the country, the nationalized oil business that props up the nation's economy sells billions of dollars of oil to the U.S. Due to Chavez's bombastic personality, many big oil companies don't bother drilling in Venezuela anymore. But now that gas prices have plunged, Chavez is gently cozying up to companies like Chevron and Shell to see if they'd like to return to Venezuela. For more on this turn of events, we are joined by Simon Romero who is covering this story for the New York Times from Caracas, Venezuela.
A new study found that while the number of sexual predators using the Internet is significantly less than originally thought, cyberbullying through social networking sites is a bigger problem. In the age of Facebook, Myspace, and Lori Drew, how can parents protect their kids? Larry Magid is a blogger for CNET, but he's also the co-director of the non-profit organization Connect Safely and he sat on the Harvard panel behind this recent report. He joins Todd and Adaora to talk about how the answers to preventing internet bullying doesn't lie in science, but in parenting.
"This image of the 40-year old predator who is lurking the web searching for innocent children, I wouldn't say it's a complete myth, but it's statistically extremely unlikely." — Larry Magid, co-director of the non-profit organization Connect Safely
At today’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General nominee Eric Holder is expected to undergo some tough questioning. Not so much on his qualifications, experience or expertise, but on old controversies. The most prominent being the role that Holder played in President Clinton’s pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich. For a look at Holder's past and the challenges that he’ll face as the future Attorney General, Jeff Rosen joins us. Rosen is a professor of law at George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He’s also the author of The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America.
This week a former military prosecutor filed a federal court declaration stating that evidence against detainees is in such chaos that it’s impossible to build a fair case. The ex-prosecutor, Darrel Vandeveld, joins The Takeaway to explain his story.
In today's issue of The Guardian newspaper, Britain's foreign secretary, David Milliband, called the "War on Terror" a mistake. He wants a review of the tactics used to combat terror and calls the current strategy misleading and mistaken. These remarks were repeated in a speech he made in Mumbai today. For more on this we are joined by Naomi Grimley, the BBC's political affairs correspondent in London.
David Milliband was on Charlie Rose several months ago discussing Britain's foreign policy and America's evolving role in the world.
Congress is currently debating the possibility of bankruptcy reform, a measure that may come too late to save companies such as GM, but what about the little guy who is being crushed by personal debt? Does the legal insulation meant to protect the American worker still function in this economic climate? Does filing for bankruptcy in our current economy offer relief? Alvin Hall joins Adaora and Todd with some advice that might make you pause before considering declaring bankruptcy.
"People always talk about when the revolution comes, this may be the year that the revolution comes in credit cards." — Alvin Hall on the rise in bankruptcy filings and the need for personal economic reform
Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in Gaza are in high gear. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the region for a series of meetings urging a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Despite these calls for peace, Israel's offensive continues with fighting raging in Gaza City and reports of Israeli shelling of the U.N. headquarters in Gaza. For the latest on the troubling situation in Gaza we turn to Laura Trevelyan, the BBC's United Nations correspondent, who joins us from the bus where she is traveling with Ban Ki-Moon from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
For more, watch an Al-Jazeera report on the United Nations' warning on the plight of children in Gaza.
Senate Republicans who oppose the release of the second $350 billion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP, are facing an uphill battle. It looks as though Congress will approve the release of the money, so what do Senate Republicans need to hear before they feel secure that the money will be handled appropriately? The Takeaway is joined by Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
For more, here is Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell discussing the need for more information before the 2nd installment of TARP funds are released.
Between the ongoing confirmation hearings and increasingly tense negotiations on the stimulus package and TARP, it's sure to be another momentous day on the Hill. Happily, Capitol News Connection reporter Todd Zwillich is with us as a guest host and give us all the insider details.
While one president is on his way out and the other is on his way in, Congress is busily moving ahead with legislation. The Democrats want to have an expanded child health care program and a stimulus package all ready for Obama to sign the moment he takes office. Then there are the ongoing confirmation hearings and the man who would be Treasury Secretary hit a snag. For more we go to our man in Washington, Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection.
Luckily for Roland Burris it appears the U.S. Senate has had an abrupt change of heart when it comes to the seating of President-elect Obama’s replacement. It's all turned to hearts and rainbows for Burris, the former Illinois attorney general, now that the Senate has said it will officially seat him. Also today Senator Hillary Clinton will be answering questions in her confirmation hearing in hopes of becoming secretary of state in the Obama administration. Todd Zwillich, intrepid reporter for Capitol News Connection, joins us from Washington, D.C.
Obama may not be President yet, but Congress isn’t waiting around for him to get to work. This is a big week on Capitol Hill, with confirmation hearings for several cabinet members, plus the likely resolution of the Roland Burris question, and even some new legislation. Todd Zwillich, a reporter for Capitol News Connection, joins The Takeaway with an update.
"Just because everyone is feeling great about Barack Obama doesn't mean the Senate is in his pocket." — Todd Zwillich on the U.S. Senate and their relationship with President-elect Obama
The new Congress is in session, and do we have change we can believe in? Not so much. Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection, says its the usual bickering and partisan sniping, slightly enlivened by the question of whether or not Roland Burris, appointed to the Senate by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, will be seated.
When Illinois Senate-Designate Roland Burris arrived on Capitol Hill yesterday, he was turned away at the door. The Secretary of the Senate claimed that his credentials lacked a required signature and his state's seal. While that may be true, the Senate leadership had made it clear that they did not want to seat Burris under the cloud of suspicion surrounding his appointment by Gov. Blagojevich. Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection, joins us now to mull it all over.
As the 111th Congress begins, so does a very special ritual on the senate floor. Incoming senators begin the shuffling and choosing which of the 100 desks in the Senate chamber they want to occupy… and every desk has a very long history. Todd Zwillich joins John and Adaora in a historical and surprising behind the scenes tour of the desks of the United States Senate.
It's the first day of school for members of the 111th Congress--and it looks like there won't be a dull moment. Between a showdown over the embattled Illinois Governor's Senate pick and a brouhaha over who exactly is the Senator from Minnesota it should be an exciting day in the District of Columbia. Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection, joins us from Capitol Hill.
Today marks the first session of the 111th Congress and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid knows he's got a full plate of serious issues to handle, and handle quickly. On top of all the pressing matters there are still vacancies in the U.S. Senate and a whole lot of hullabaloo over who is going to be filling them. To mull over these issues with us is Todd Zwillich from Capitol News Connection and our man on the ground in Washington D.C.
President Bush offered the American auto industry $13.4 billion dollars in short-term financing that will be drawn from the $700 billion dollar Wall Street rescue program. Another $4 billion dollars will be added later. The President said that the only way to avoid a collapse of the U.S. auto industry was for the executive branch to step in. However, there are some serious stipulations attached to the loan. Joining The Takeaway is Micheline Maynard, Senior Business Correspondent for The New York Times, based in Michigan, and Todd Zwillich with Capitol News Connection.
After news that the White House is offering the U.S. auto industry $17.4 billion in short term financing, we check in with an earlier guest, Greg Goodnight the Mayor of Kokomo, Indiana. 14% of Kokomo's population is employed by Chrysler.
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