The Takeaway

Essay: The Uncertain Future of Brian Williams

Monday, February 09, 2015

Over the weekend, NBC announced that it is launching a fact-checking investigation into the reporting of Brian Williams. 

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On The Media

On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy

Friday, February 06, 2015

As the measles continue to spread across the country, the anti-vaccination movement swells to mount its steed, and Bob relates the debate not at hand.

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New Jersey News

Christie's Quick Trip to Fort Lee—And a Mayor's Forgiveness

Thursday, January 09, 2014


Capping off a dramatic day in the history of the Christie Administration, Mayor Mark Sokolich said not to blame the governor for the George Washington Bridge lane closures that snarled traffic in his town last year. "I'm a forgiving guy," said Sokolich.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Where does President François Hollande go from here?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Where does President François Hollande go from here?



Lethal Weapons

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In the 1990s, a button-pushing New York artist took on a subject that cut him to the quick: HIV and AIDS.

Barton Benes had lost a lot of friends, including his boyfriend, and was himself HIV-positive when an everyday kitchen accident took on a surreal bent -- one that got ...

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What If There Was No Destiny?

Monday, November 19, 2012

When Barbara Harris was 37, she started wishing she could have a daughter. It was 1989, and by that time only two of her six sons were still at home. So she filled out all the paperwork, and later that summer got a call about an 8-month-old ...

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Fieldston Teacher Is Dismissed Over Remarks

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The dismissal of a popular but controversial teacher at the private Ethical Culture Fieldston School, which prompted an outcry from students, parents and teachers, has raised sensitive questions about the line between humor and political correctness. Readers are weighing in.

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The Takeaway

Ron Suskind on the 'Confidence Men' Controversy

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White House officials are already criticizing journalist Ron Suskind's book "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President," which just came out this week, despite having cooperated with Suskind for years. Among the book's more controversial passages are depictions of the Obama White House as dysfunctional, with mean, misogynistic economic advisers undermining a clueless president at every turn. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said, "I lived the original and the reality I lived, we all lived together, bears no relation to the sad little stories I heard reported from that book." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney went even further and accused Suskind of plagiarism, saying, "one passage seems to be lifted almost entirely from Wikipedia."


The Brian Lehrer Show

Anthony Weiner’s Twitter Trouble

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Ben Smith, senior political writer for discusses the lewd tweet Representative Anthony Weiner sent out last week, and the controversy that’s ensued.

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MoMA Acquires Controversial Video

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Museum of Modern Art has acquired a controversial film by artist David Wojnarowicz that was removed from the Smithsonian in November after a religious group objected to the segment in which ants crawl over a crucifix.

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The Takeaway

The Controversies That Still Lie Behind In-Vitro Fertilization?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Robert Edwards yesterday, who developed in vitro fertilization in the 1970. Controversial from its introduction, the practice was initially condemned by the Catholic Church. Today, while many of the original ethical issues have abated, new ones have arisen over questions about the in vitro industry's lack of regulation and the continuing debate surrounding stem cell research.

Glenn Cohen, co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center, and assistant professof or law at Harvard University, believes the number one controversy today is the safety methods surrounding the practice. 


The Takeaway

Young American Muslims Offer Their Thoughts on the New York Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The pitched battle over a proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan continues to heat up. We've heard from academics and lawmakers. Today, we're asking young Muslim Americans where they come down in this debate. 

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