The Takeaway

Pentagon's Costly Gamble Led to $10 Billion Flop

Thursday, April 09, 2015

LA Times investigative journalist David Willman reveals a $10 billion defense failure in his investigation into the Pentagon's missile defense programs.

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The Takeaway

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

Monday, November 24, 2014

After less than two years on the job Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has stepped down amidst growing pressure from the Obama Administration.

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Life of the Law

The Necessity Defense

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s odd to think cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common. But they do: the necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence,


America Abroad

America Abroad: The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Pentagon has announced plans to shrink the U.S. military to pre-World War II levels following the end of the war in Iraq and the continued withdrawal from Afghanistan. On this edition of America Abroad, hear reactions to a smaller U.S. military from allies in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East about whether America's ability to advance its interests is compromised.


The Takeaway

As Hours Wane, Can Congress Get Productive?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Parents and Schools; U.N. General Assembly; Civility and the Law

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The election series continues with a conversation about parental involvement in New York City schools. WNYC education reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan discuss the mayoral candidates' differing opinions about how parents should be involved. Plus: President Obama speaks at the United Nations this morning; Boston University professor of international relations and history Andrew Bacevich discusses the idea of the citizen soldier; and family law attorney Margaret Klaw discusses her new book on civility and the law.

The Takeaway

U.S. Cracks Down on Leaks With Insider Threat Program

Monday, June 24, 2013

From the Peace Corps to the Social Security administration, the Obama administration wants to stop leaks. According to a Department of Defense Strategy memo obtained by McClatchy reporters, there's a new initiative called the Insider Threat Program. To discuss this we're joined by Kel McClanahan, an attorney specializing in national security law and information law, along with Marisa Taylor, reporter for McClatchy who reported on the Insider Threat Program.


The Washington Report

Obama Shoots for Policy Trifecta

Monday, April 08, 2013

A tax and budget deal, an immigration reform deal and restrictions on gun sales. All three   eluded him during his first term, but in the next few weeks, President Obama will try and get movement on all three.  In this week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Nolan discusses if this policy trifecta will happen.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Targeted Killings; Wole Soyinka on Africa; NJ’s Jughandle

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A leaked White House memo lays out a legal defense for “targeted killings” – including drone strikes. Omar Shakir, co-author of Living Under Drones, talks about why he objects to the U.S. strikes. Then, Laura Seay, professor at Morehouse College, explains why the conflicts in Mali and Afghanistan should not be compared. Plus: Nobel prize-winning Wole Soyinka on his new book about Africa; a February series on fashion kicks off with Parsons Professor Hazel Clark; and the end of the New Jersey jughandle, and that odd left turn.

The Takeaway

The Future of International Cyber Attacks

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In the tech world, "hackers" are variously freedom fighters, poorly behaved geniuses, truth tellers, underground rock stars, and dangerous criminals where the objective is denial of service, identity theft, or exposure of private, even classified, data to the public. In the world of cyber warfare, the objectives are much bigger.


The Takeaway

Defense Industry Warns Cuts Will Lead to Economic Plunge

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week we learned that the U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of last year, in large part because of severe defense spending cuts. If Congress and President Obama fail to reach a spending deal by March, those cuts will continue, with potentially disastrous effects for cities dependent on the defense industry.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The One Trillion Dollars Gabfest

Friday, January 11, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: An embattled Chuck Hagel, a debt ceiling coin and Obama's white men problem.


The Brian Lehrer Show

President Obama's New Nominations

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Michael Hirsh, chief correspondent for National Journal, talks about the president's nominations of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be his new secretary of defense and John Brennan to head the CIA.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Brass Ceiling: Women in Combat

Friday, November 30, 2012

A lawsuit filed this week by four women alleges that the military's ban on women in combat is discriminatory. Kevin Baron, national security staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine's The E-Ring blog, explains how the Department of Defense is assessing a change to the policy toward women.

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The Takeaway

Ohio Congressmen Push Defense Projects the Pentagon Doesn't Want

Thursday, August 23, 2012

While the Pentagon is pinching pennies from its budget after cuts that it says could jeopardize its ability to fight wars, America’s top brass are feeling pressure from an unlikely source: politicians. Congressmen from Ohio are lobbying to keep defense projects on the annual budget which the Pentagon says it can’t afford and doesn’t want.


The Takeaway

US Drones Patrol Iraq

Monday, January 30, 2012

The U.S. is out of Iraq. President Obama made that point in last week's State of the Union address. But there are still eyes on Iraq particularly those places where there are still U.S. personnel — such as the U.S. Embassy In Baghdad. Those eyes are in the form of predator drones, watching over Baghdad according to Eric Schmitt terrorism correspondent for our partner The New York Times.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Budget Cuts at the Pentagon

Friday, January 06, 2012

Elisabeth Bumiller, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, talks about potential cuts to the U.S. defense budget and what it means for the 21st century U.S. military.

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The Takeaway

US to Station Troops in Australia, Reasserting Presence in Pacific

Thursday, November 17, 2011

During a visit to Australian on Wednesday, President Obama announced that 2,500 U.S. troops will be sent to the country to boost security in the Pacific region. The move is seen as a strategy to counter China's increased influence. He spoke strongly on China's rising responsibilities and the U.S. perspective on its growing strength. China responded by saying that it "may not be quite appropriate" to expand U.S. military in the region.

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The Takeaway

Drastic Cuts Could Reshape US Military

Monday, November 07, 2011

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is considering drastic cuts in military spending, including slashing retirement benefits and a round of base closings. Panetta has been ordered to cut more than $450 billion of the Pentagon budget over the next decade and has been under intense political pressure to make the cuts. The yearly defense budget has doubled since the 9/11 attacks. Panetta said it is possible to reshape the military in order to reduce the budget while still defending national interests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Self-Defense

Friday, October 14, 2011

Following up on yesterday's conversation on the Brooklyn sexual attacks, Tracy Hobson, executive director of the Center for Anti-Violence Education, offers advice on self-defense strategies.

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