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Takeouts: Political News, Your Responses

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us about Sidney Thomas and why his name is being floated as a possible replacement to Justice John Paul Stevens. We also talk about states that are challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, and Congress' decision on extending unemployment benefits.
  • RESPONSES TAKEOUT: We hear from you, our listeners, and what you had to say about a replacement for Justice Stevens. And we hear the nominees for the Takeaway t-shirt contest.

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Is Mandated Health Care a State's Rights Issue?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Attorneys general from 16 states are challenging the health care legislation that was signed into law by President Obama last month. They're contesting the constitutionality of the law.

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First Take: Moscow Bombings, Health Care & Children, Arne Duncan

Monday, March 29, 2010

UPDATED 7:00 p.m. Alex Goldmark here. 

Some new additions to the show. 

Tomorrow we talk with Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. He's also known as President Obama's "pay czar." But before he was handed the tongue twisting title of Special Master for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Executive Compensation he was also the Special Master for the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund. So he's an old hand at heading up special projects on a large scale. We'll be asking him about bonuses and pay of course, but also about the man behind the tough decisions of national import. 

Now that election results in Iraq are in, the real challenges start. How will different factions in Iraq form a coalition government? The post-election government in Iraq will have play a serious role in how, and how fast, US troops can pull out. So we're watching that closely. 

We love trends. So we're looking into reports that sexual harassment claims are on the rise ... from men. We want to know if this means that incidents are increase, that more men are willing to speak up, or both. 

 

 

And we'll find out why Wrestlemania and pro-wrestling generally are just so darn profitable. 

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This Week's Agenda: Health Care, Former Presidents in Haiti, Clinton in Mexico

Monday, March 22, 2010

Every Monday, we look ahead at the week's news, with our partners at The New York Times and the BBC. This week, Marcus Mabry of The Times, and Vladimir Hernandez of the BBC look at where health care reform is headed next; the effects of a visit to Haiti by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush; and the future of America's war on drugs as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Mexico.

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Can the Final Health Care Bill Change Your Mind?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Democrats unveiled the full version of the health care bill yesterday, which they hope to pass as soon as Sunday.

As congressmen and analysts dissect it, Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich takes us through what is new in this version that might change your mind about supporting, or opposing, health care reform.

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Middle Class Losing Health Coverage Faster than Poor

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) has long been the mainstay of health coverage for most middle class American families. But a new report from the nonpartisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found that this class of Americans is losing its health coverage faster than any other income group. Unlike low-income earners, middle class Americans don't have the safety net of a government program like Medicaid. Secondly, the cost of an independent policy is just too high; and in some states, people are denied coverage because of pre-existing ailments.

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Takeouts: Health Care Update, Census

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: After a year of debates over health care policy, lawmakers are now debating the procedure for passing the bill. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, has the latest news on the bill's journey through Congress.
  • CENSUS TAKEOUT: Tim Olson, assistant division chief with the U.S. Census Bureau, explains how the Census Bureau is counting same-sex couples, whether married or not.

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This Week's Agenda: Killings in Mexico, Health Care, 7 Years in Iraq, Clinton in Russia

Monday, March 15, 2010

It's Monday, which means that we're joined by Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, to look at what's ahead this week. 

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Takeouts: Obama's Final Health Care Push, Your Responses on the Narrative Power of Numbers

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning made the news this week by holding up a bill for jobless benefits, payments for doctors, and a host of other programs. Last night he finally relented. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the fracas. We also get a preview of President Obama's health care speech today.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Yesterday, we looked at how we understand events through numbers. Listeners tell us their view on numerical storytelling. 

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The Debate about the Health Care Debate

Thursday, February 25, 2010

President Obama's bipartisan health care summit begins later this morning, but the bickering started weeks ago. Arguments between Republicans and Democrats over what kind of table will be used, the seating arrangements, the frequency of coffee breaks and other minutiae are starting to take center stage even before the conversation about whether or how to reform health care.

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Analyzing the President's Health Care Proposal

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

President Obama released a proposal for health care reform Monday that hewed close to the bill passed last year by the Senate. After watching months of rancorous debate in Congress, the White House is laying out the key points of the proposal in plain language. But will it be enough to get reform unstuck?

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This Week's Agenda: Fallout from Afghan Civilian Deaths, Toyota Hearings, Health Care Summit

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our weekly look ahead at the news for the next seven days with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus from the BBC. This week: the fallout from a NATO air strike that killed a number of Afghan civilians; what's in store for Toyota executives as they face a grilling from U.S. lawmakers; and how Republicans are preparing to face President Obama at his health care summit.

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The Waiting Room: Singing to Patients at a California Hospital

Monday, February 15, 2010

Far away from the halls of Congress, the conversation about what’s right and what’s wrong with health care rages on. We've been dropping in on conversations about health care thanks to a multimedia project called "The Waiting Room." Today, we visit patients and their family members in the waiting room of Highland Hospital, a county facility in Oakland, Ca.

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Republicans Prepare for White House Health Care Meeting

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

President Obama has called for a health care summit at the White House, where republicans can offer up their own ideas on how to reduce costs, and the two parties can try again to find some common ground.

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Haitian Patients Flood Miami Hospitals

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Haitian airlifts have resumed, but they're still flying almost exclusively to Florida – and to Miami's overburdened hospitals. According to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, the state has taken more than 500 injured evacuees from the Haiti earthquake since it struck three weeks ago. Doctors there says 150 of those have gone to two hospitals in Miami.

 

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on The State of the Union

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Our State of the Union series continues with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has been a fierce critic of health care reform and President Obama's economic policies. The governor is reportedly considering a run for the presidency in 2012.

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In Haiti, Lots of Doctors, Little Coordination

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Since the earthquake devastated much of the Haitian capital nearly two weeks ago, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming, including from the medical community. Doctors from around the world have signed up to volunteer in the relief effort and now, there may actually be too many doctors in the country, with not enough nurses to provide the essential follow-up care.

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Obama's Next Move

Monday, January 25, 2010

After big setbacks for the Democratic Party, President Obama is reconstituting the political team that helped him win the 2008 election. But will this be enough for the party to stave off losses in the mid-term elections — or even further ahead to 2012? Bruce Reed, the CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council and Reihan Salam, fellow at the New America Foundation assess the president's — and the party's — options.

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Update from Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

An update from Carol Fipp, an aid worker with The Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti. Fipp wrote to us on Sunday, frustrated with how slowly their waiting hospital was receiving patients from Port-au-Prince.

We received five helicopter deliveries of 12 patients today. We had four U.S. Coast Guard airlifts and one Navy airlift. It's definitely an increase from yesterday, but we can still handle many more. It is an improvement, but the current effort is still inadequate; many more people are stranded in Port-Au-Prince, in dire need of care, and the clock is ticking. Our biggest obstacle is the lack of helicopters. Our surgical teams did 16 procedures today, operating until 11:30 PM tonight, and we have six surgeries scheduled for tomorrow morning. We expect the airlifts to increase, and expect possibly two bus loads of injured from Port-au-Prince — a 75 mile ride, which takes six-eight hours over rough roads.

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Takeouts: The Week, Congress, Haitian Community

Friday, January 15, 2010

  • GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Our regulary segment with The Week Magazine. We reflect on the past seven days to see who had a good week and who didn’t. We’ll take your nominees anytime.
  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Lawmakers, labor leaders, and President Obama were on Capitol Hill last night saying significant progress has been made towards a final health care bill. Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich was there.
  • COMMUNITY TAKEOUT: The crisis in Haiti has affected many American Hatians living in New York. Takeaway Correspondent Femi Oke reports from a community center in Brooklyn that has become a hub for sending aid to the country. 

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