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In audio: Ford pardons Nixon

Monday, July 28, 2008

With President Bush facing a pile of applications for pardons, The Takeaway goes back to one of the most famous and controversial pardons a president has ever made.

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Pardon Me? Number of people seeking presidential pardons is in the thousands

Monday, July 28, 2008

The number of people of seeking pardons and commutations for federal crimes continues to climb — and the backlog of petitions is in the thousands. With President Bush's term coming to a close, who will he pardon?

Who would you pardon?


Jack Abramoff Former lobbyist | Overcharging Indian casinos in lobbying fraud

Conrad Black Former newspaper tycoon | Skimming money from his company, Hollinger International

Randy "Duke" Cunningham Former U.S. Representative from California | Bribery

Tom Delay Former Speaker of the House | Indicted for fundraising violations

Edwin Edwards Former governor of Louisiana | Racketeering

Marion Jones Former Olympic sprinter | Perjury over the use of performance-enhancing drugs

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Former Chief of Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney | Perjury, obstruction of justice related to leak of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity

John Walker Lindh Former Taliban fighter | Aiding terrorism

Michael Milken Former bond trader | Insider trading, fraud

Bob Ney Former U.S. Representative from Ohio | Conspiring in lobbying fraud

Pete Rose Former professional baseball player | Tax evasion

George Ryan Former governor of Illinois | Racketeering

Wesley Snipes Actor | Tax evasion

Martha Stewart Homemaking magnate | Conspiracy related to insider trading

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The FBI is 100 years old

Friday, July 25, 2008

John Fox is the most wanted person at the FBI this week. Not because he's a criminal, but because July 26, 2008, is the 100th anniversary of the FBI and he's the Bureau's only historian. If it happened in the FBI, Fox knows about it.

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Salim Hamdan's interrogation video shown at Guantanamo trial

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Hamdan trial continues in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yesterday, U.S. Military prosecutors played an interrogation video of former Osama bin Laden driver Salim Hamdan in which he denied any connections to al-Qaida. Hamdan asked to leave the courtroom as video playback began.

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Thousands of ex-cons became mortgage scammers in Florida

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Miami Herald investigation has revealed that thousands of convicted felons, including bank robbers and people convicted of drug, fraud and grand larceny were allowed to write mortgages, costing state residents millions of dollars.

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The videotape, the war-crimes trial and the future of Guantanamo Bay

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Eyes are once again on the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This week, it’s because of the release of a hidden-camera video that gave the world a glimpse into interrogations. And, next week, pending a federal hearing Thursday, Osama bin Laden driver Salim Hamdan is scheduled to appear in Guantanamo’s first trial — the first American war-crimes trial since World War II.

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The Merida Initiative: The United States takes the War on Drugs to Mexico

Friday, July 11, 2008

This year the drug trade's been in full bloom in Mexico. While US-Mexican relations have been a strained by illegal immigration issues, the two countries are renewing joint efforts to fight the seemingly escalating cases of drug trafficking. On June 30th, President Bush signed the Merida Initiative, which appropriates $465 million to help fight drugs in Mexico and Central America. We welcome David Johnson who's leading that fight.

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Uday Hussein's cars and other examples of egregious looting

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

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"Nightline" feature shows the ease at which Americans can buy child slaves

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Guest: Dan Harris, ABC News

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The Brownsville, Texas, border fence: Which side are you on?

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This week, a federal judge ordered the University of Texas at Brownsville and the Department of Homeland Security to continue discussing alternatives to a border fence that, if left to current DHS plans, will cut through a large portion of the campus.

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Exploring the connection between public housing demolition and rising crime rates

Monday, June 30, 2008

An article in Atlantic Monthly magazine has kicked off a firestorm of controversy. Author Hanna Rosin ties the demolition of public housing projects to a rise in crime in the city of Memphis. Rosin’s critics say she uses circumstantial evidence to unfairly implicate former residents of public housing.

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The Bear Stearns bust

Friday, June 20, 2008

Federal authorities have charged the first executives in the aftermath of the subprime mortgage collapse. The Takeaway talks with a reporter with a first-hand account of the arrest and the case, WNYC's Bob Hennelly.

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Bear Stearns subprime-mortgage hedge-fund managers arrested on fraud charge

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Guest: Kate Kelly, The Wall Street Journal

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Censorship fears and futility as service providers plan to block online child porn

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Local officials take on federal crimes in immigration crackdowns

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

With demand growing for tougher immigration enforcement and a flurry of new state laws addressing the issue, local police are stepping up and arresting illegal immigrants. Damien Cave, the Miami Bureau Chief for the New York Times, has been tracking these local crackdowns.

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'Grease' is the word: Used-oil thefts rise along with food prices

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Producer's Notes:

Detective Larry Findley didn't want to be on the radio. But the gumshoe's desire to educate people about grease theft trumped his suspicion of what he calls "media types."

The demand for grease (used cooking oil) is at an all-time high. That's due in ...

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Political convention cities turn to NYPD for advice

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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Border disorder: The business of human smuggling

Monday, May 26, 2008

Reporter Lowell Bergman has been covering the Tijuana border for nearly 40 years. In a new PBS FRONTLINE/World documentary, "Mexico: Crimes at the Border," he investigates the inner workings of the business of human smuggling and the temptations of corruption for U.S. border guards.

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Drug-related killings soar in Mexico after cartel crackdowns, shipment-route feuds

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tijuana, Mexico, just across the U.S. border, has become a flashpoint in a drug war. The violence there is tied to a crackdown on drug cartels by federal Mexican police and soldiers. The gangs are also feuding among themselves for control of lucrative shipment routes. Richard Marosi, a San Diego-based border reporter for the Los Angeles Times, says Tijuana is a microcosm of the problems and violence currently afflicting broader regions of Mexico.

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