Atheism is a growing movement in America. Campaign ads encouraging humanism and free-thought are slowly becoming more prevalent, yet atheists remain one of the most disliked groups in the country. Can money make a difference?
It might surprise you to learn that today, 48 percent of first-time mothers are unmarried. This figure is not about a rise in teen pregnancy, though. It's about a different demographic shift.
Same-sex marriage has finally made it to the highest court in the country, as the Supreme Court considers two cases central to how marriage is defined at the state and federal levels.
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A retrial has been ordered in Italy for Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who were accused of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. Nina Burleigh, a columnist for the New York Observer, has followed the developments with the Knox case for many years.
Yesterday, The Takeaway discussed new guidelines from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, recommendations that urge doctors to alert their patients of certain genetic conditions, regardless of the patient's wishes. Today, an argument from the other side, with Dr. Robert Green.
What sort of political change will $12 million in gun-control advertising actually buy you? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's financing a series of ads, will soon find out.
For a period of time after December’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Americans felt a collective sense of outrage, that something had to be done about gun violence in this country. Politicians promised stronger gun laws, and the public seemed to approve.
But just a few months later, it ...
Willa Cather, a giant of 20th century American literature, expressly forbade the publication of her personal correspondence. But next month, an anthology of her letters, around 566 of them, is set to be published, finally submitting her private life to public scrutiny.
For the G.O.P., the consensus view says immigration has been a particular blindspot, but perhaps not for much longer. There's been a palpable change in both position and tone. And direction of the travel this week has, some suggest, hit hyperdrive. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, explains.
After this month's Senate-floor filibuster by Senator Rand Paul, the debate over the Obama administration's drone program have been reignited. And a debate that never left — gun control — took a hit this week when Senate majority leader Harry Reid struck struck an amendment banning assault weapons.
This week, President Obama has met with nearly every member of Congress, a goodwill effort as Democrats and Republicans try to balance the budget and avoid the government shutdown. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports the latest from D.C.
One thing we know, or can be pretty sure about, is that long after there is a new pope at the Vatican, the bickering over the next U.S. Federal Budget will continue, and in Congress there is no pope to hurry things along.
The current divisions in Congress over the budget and the sequester drama may be another opportunity for Congressman Ryan to showcase his conservative cred. Does the number two from the Romney 2012 presidential campaign now want to be number one?
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky launched a filibuster to attempt to block the nomination of John Brennan to head up the CIA -- talking for 13 hours straight. He took to the Senate floor to call attention to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder which stated that drone strikes on American could be a possibility in the future. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent puts Paul's filibuster in context.
President Obama has announced three new cabinet appointments for departments under serious scrutiny: Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Management and Budget. All three of these nominees will require Senate confirmation, and Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explores what's ahead.
Two seasoned D.C. watchers join The Takeaway to discuss federal money management in the days ahead. Andrea Seabrook hosts the DecodeDC podcast, and Todd Zwillich is the Takeaway Washington correspondent.
Today's deadline for a deal on the sequester is expected to come and go without an agreement between Congress and President Obama. Todd Zwillich spoke to some small business owners in Washington, D.C., where cuts are felt particularly hard.
The background and implementation of sequestration can get pretty complicated, so we're partnering with The Guardian U.S. on a live chat to help answer your questions.
While Florida is still looking at its "stand your ground" laws. Politicians in Washington are still debating gun control, and this week, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Lahey, has scheduled four separate votes on Thursday on different gun control measures. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is following the legislation.
While the cuts haven't come yet, Takeaway political correspondent Todd Zwillich reports that the sequester deadline will probably come and go, automatically enacting those across-the-board spending drawdowns. But cuts will have a wider reach, affecting many industries throughout all parts of the United States. For example, the USDA will likely have to furlough many of their food inspectors, closing down the farms and factories they inspect. Mark Dopp is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the American Meat Institute.