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Your Take: American Values

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Values" can be anything from a political soundbite to a religious belief. As we prepare for our series next week about the meaning of American values, we've already gotten some responses, and we're still looking for more. Our question to you: What do you consider to be "American values?" 

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Dream Act: A Snowball's Chance in Congress?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

There are a lot of items on the agenda today for Congress: votes on the so-called Dream Act, a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, and tax cuts. But will any of them pass? We speak with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich to get a better idea of what might actually get through Congress and what's likely to be dead on arrival. 

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Businesses Turn on Wikileaks

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Should a company that sells pornography turn it's back on helping host, or fund, Wikileaks? Where is the moral and legal line for companies that have been involved in the company? We're joined by Lauren Bloom, business ethics consultant, for her take. She says that it seems likely the companies aren't caving to government pressure, but are rather making savvy business decisions. 

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Top of the Hour: Obama Faces Own Party on Tax Cuts, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

President Obama is facing angry members of his own party over the deal he cut with Congressional Republicans, in which Bush-era tax cuts would be temporarily extended in exchange for an extension of unemployment benefits. 

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The Fed's New Crackdown on Ponzi Schemes, Big and Small

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Justice Department and other federal agenceies are cracking down on would-be Bernie Madoffs of the future. Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder tallied the results of a nationwide Financial Fraud Task Force that’s meant to target investment fraud and other Ponzi schemes.

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Your Take: Talking to Kids About Santa Claus

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most everybody knows about Santa Claus. Yesterday, we spoke to a 20-year veteran Saint Nick, and that got a conversation started: How do you approach the subject when there are questions about his real identity, or requests for presents that Santa can't deliver on? You had a lot of things to say on the topic. 

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Majora Carter on Grassroots Climate Initiatives

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Majora Carter is host of American Public Media show "The Promised Land," and an environmental strategist for the Majora Carter Group. As leaders gather in Cancún to tackle the big picture of climate change, Carter is advocating for "protecting what we still have." She's concentrating on grassroots movements on the ground that have the potential to create jobs and protect the environment, and preparing for climate change in a pragmatic ways. 

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Are Depression-Era Services Now Bankrupting Recession-Era States?

Monday, December 06, 2010

In the discussion of our nation’s growing debt, there’s an issue that may be going largely unreported in the wash of discussion of the federal deficit. All across the country, smaller budgets — county, municipal and state — struggle to pay for underfunded civic services. Is it possible that the services we’ve come to depend on since the New Deal are, in fact, acting as an “architecture of debt?”

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Forecasting the Jobs Cycle

Friday, December 03, 2010

Economists hope to see strong hiring for a second consecutive month in the private sector...but if they don't, and if unemployment remains above nine percent, the U.S. economy will soon break the record for the longest streak of high unemployment since the recession of the 1980's. It's not a record anyone will cheer to see broken.

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Your Take: Wikileaks and American Honesty

Friday, December 03, 2010

We're still getting your responses on the Wikileaks document leaks, and we've heard from people on all sides of the debate. Earlier we asked: Is the Wikileaks document release anti-American? 

On our site, Mikael wrote: 

"I feel that in spite of what others may think of Mr. Assange, I agree with most that he did a service to the American people by releasing the docs and exposing the 'real' government that we don't get to see. Who knows what else they cover up and will never tell us, the people, about."

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Top of the Hour: Censure for Rangle, Morning Headlines

Friday, December 03, 2010

His peers in the house have voted to censure New York Congressman Charlie Rangel; is the long drama finally over? 

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What Should Become of the USPS?

Friday, December 03, 2010

The current Postmaster General is retiring this week with a nearly $5.5 million retirement package. The U.S. Postal Service has lost over 100,000 jobs and about $8.5 billion over the past decade. The numbers do not look good, and as electronic communication leeches away more and more business, they're not expected to improve. So, what should be done with the USPS?

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Alice Rivlin on Compromise for Deficit Reduction

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Presidential commission tasked with trying to find a way to stabilize and cut our deficit will vote tomorrow on its final recommendations. Theoretically, it would then go before Congress and President Obama for consideration.  The commission’s co-chairs, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, made waves earlier in the month by leaking their own controversial plan and encouraging members of the panel to adopt it. Yesterday, Bowles and Simpson brought a largely unchanged plan to the full panel.  Panel members then began indicating whether they’d vote for it.  

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Fed Reveals Billions in Bailout Loans during Financial Crisis

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Most of the companies who received money from the TARP bailout funds have been public knowledge ... but yesterday, the Fed revealed that a slate of prominent American companies used billions of dollars in bailout loans during the height of the financial crisis, including such corporate pillars as GE, Verizon and McDonalds, to name a few.  We speak with New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story for the program's details. 

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Top of the Hour: Congress Tackles Debt Reduction, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The President's debt commission has released it's controversial recommendations for reducing the country's budget deficit. Will lawmakers get tough on debt, or are the suggested cuts to tough for Congress to swallow?  

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Congress Approves Black Farmers' Settlement

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Back in February, the Obama Administration approved a $1.25 billion court-ordered settlement for Black farmers who filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, claiming racial discrimination. Congress failed to approve these funds seven times since the settlement was announced.

But yesterday, after a long battle, Congress approved the 2010 Claims Settlement Act, which now awaits President Obama’s signature.

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Senate Passes Food Safety Overhaul

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that could significantly alter food safety in the United States. Right now, the FDA only steps in when a recall is underway. Under the new law, the agency would be allowed to inspect any farm and try to prevent the kind of salmonella outbreaks that made the headlines last summer.

Benjamin England worked at the FDA for 17 years and founded FDAImports.com. He believes this legislation could lead to dramatic change, but only if the government can find the funding to back up the FDA's expanded role.

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National Debt Commission Releases Revised Plan

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

It's been in the news for weeks, but today the National Debt Commission has officially released its revised plan to tackle the deficit. Six members from each party are supposed to bring some of its suggestions for painful cuts to Congress with some real legislating, but members of the Senate and House on both sides of the isle have already come out strongly against the recommendations. Joining us now for more details on the is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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Enticing, Then Catching Potential Terrorists: Entrapment?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

If you offer to pay somebody to commit an act of terrorism, and then once they begin to prepare, arrest them for terrorism, are you catching terrorists or entrapping the unstable? This is a question being debated in several recent cases, including the recent arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who allegedly planned to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.

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Your Take: Julian Assange and Wikileaks

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

As journalists dig through some 250,000 documents released by Wikileaks for the details, big-picture questions abound. We've been asking listeners: Is the Wikileaks documents' release anti-American? You had a lot to say on the subject. 

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