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Today's Takeaway | January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pre-Trial Hearings Begin at Guantanamo Bay | Families of 9/11 Victims Face Their Grief in Guantanamo Trials | Gun Show a Test Case for New York's New Gun Control Laws | Former NFL Quarterback Steve Bono on his Financial Life After Football

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Apple Stock Falls Sharply as Growth Slows

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Apple is the largest publicly-traded corporation in the world, and for the past few years, investors have expected atmospheric growth. Those expectations recently drove Apple's stock to over $700 per share, but it may be coming back to earth. Nick Wingfield, a technology correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains.

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How Companies Should Regulate Employees on Social Media

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A federal regulator has recently ruled, in a number of cases, that employees posting about wages, hours, and working conditions on social media is protected speech. Steven Kane, owner of a human resources consulting firm, explains the legal issues surrounding employee comments on social media, and how employers should handle these issues.

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Has the Government Let Wall Street Bankers Off Too Easily?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

As President Obama begins his second term, no senior Wall Street executives have yet been held criminally liable for the alleged fraud that led to the mortgage crisis. A new Frontline documentary, produced by our partner WGBH, investigates the Justice Department’s reluctance to indict Wall Street bankers. Martin Smith is the producer and correspondent for the film.

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Re-Branding Tide in the Wake of Mass Thefts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tide is a 1.7 billion dollar business representing a third of the liquid detergent market. And it ranks as one of the three brands that consumer say they would not give up during a recession. But this brand loyalty is now being cashed in on by criminals, who steal Tide in large quantities and sell it on the streets at far cheaper prices to raise money for the drug trade.

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Facebook Unveils New Search Function

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Facebook just unveiled its latest venture, a search tool called Graph. Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights and Strategy, discusses the new function, and what it means for the future of search and social networking.

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Today's Takeaway | January 16, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Free Gun Training for Teachers | Inaugural Poetry and The Takeaway's #PrezPoem Challenge | Facebook Unveils New Search Function | Helping Veterans Recovery from 'Moral Injury' After War | Re-branding Tide in the Wake of Mass Thefts

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Japanese Airlines Ground Boeing 787 Fleets

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today an emergency landing of a Japanese flight has grounded the All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircrafts. Clive Irving, senior consulting editor at Condé Nast Traveler, explores the problems facing Boeing going forward.

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Today's Takeaway | January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Can Coca-Cola Re-Brand Itself as an Anti-Obesity Company? | Lance Armstrong's Former Teammate on the Cyclist's Confession | Battle Brewing for Second Term on Debt Limit | A Malian in the United States Reflects on the War in His Homeland

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Tackling the Coming Debt Ceiling Crisis

Friday, January 11, 2013

The national borrowing limit is set at $16.4 trillion, but that limit needs to be raised in order for the Treasury Department to continue to be able to pay for what Congress has already approved. If Congress doesn't agree to the increase, the President has warned that the consequences will be "catastrophic." Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have been threatening to demand spending cuts before agreeing to raise the debt ceiling. Joe Weisenthal, deputy editor of Business Insider, lays out the options for tackling the coming crisis.

 

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Predicting the Top Risks for 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

One week into 2013, and many pundits have already released their predictions for the top stories of the new year. Some are predictable, such as the likely political fight over the debt ceiling in March, but others are unexpected, just as few anticipated that 2011 would have seen such rapid change across the Middle East and North Africa. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, is an expert at predicting the unexpected. Today, the Eurasia Group releases its report on the top risks to watch in 2013, with a number of surprising results.

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President Obama Expected to Sign Fiscal Cliff Bill

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

After passing the Senate 89-8, the House approved the fiscal cliff compromise negotiated by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, concluding a battle over fiscal policy that's lasted two years. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the deal.

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Joe Nocera on 2013's Story Lines

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Joe Nocera, op-ed columnist at The New York Times, recaps the big stories from 2012 and looks forward to what 2013 holds, from the fiscal cliff deal's impact on the overall economy, to the growing gun debate.

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Deconstructing the Christmas Gift

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The question over how and why we give gifts is central to the holiday season. What do we really value about gift giving and receiving? Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, says there are ways of measuring the value of gift giving and getting. DT Strain, a humanist minister and writer of The Houston Chronicle's The Spiritual Naturalist blog, calls for a moratorium on giving presents, asking that gifts come in the form of charity and time.

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Company that Made Adam Lanza's Assault Rifle Up for Sale

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The firearm manufacturer Freedom Group produced some of the weapons used by the Washington, D.C. sniper in 2002, by James Holmes in Aurora Colorado, and by Adam Lanza in Newtown Connecticut last Friday. Who is behind this company? New York Times reporter Peter Lattman profiles the organization, and explains what the company's future might hold.

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America's Poor Left Out of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Thursday, December 13, 2012

As politicians negotiate how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, Tavis Smiley says millions of Americans who are in poverty have already gone over the cliff. According to the radio and television host, the real economic focus should be over austerity and its effect on the poor.

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Playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a Modern Age of Income Inequality

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Actor Brian Cox says today's conversations surrounding debt and fiscal policy help him get into character for his portrayal of the Dickensian Scrooge. Cox will be playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a radio drama of the Christmas Carol tonight.

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We've Run Up the National Debt Before — But It's Different This Time

Thursday, December 13, 2012

As the United States teeters on the edge of the fiscal cliff, Simon Johnson, professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, explores America's love affair with debt, our longstanding hatred of taxes, and what lessons we should take from history.

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Pittsburgh One of Only Three U.S. Cities to Have Fully Recovered from the Recession

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The third stop on our road to recovery is in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh officially reached pre-2007 levels for both GDP per capita and employment, and its most recent unemployment levels come in just under the national average. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl discusses his city's road to prosperity.

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on Effort to Promote Human Rights

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Congress recently approved a law that honors Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who reportedly uncovered massive tax fraud in Russia that involved several Russian tax officials. After Magnitsky confronted those officials with his evidence, he was arrested and detained in a Moscow prison, where he died three years ago. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, is the author of the law.

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