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Takeouts: Oil Prices, NFL and Antitrust, Listeners on Decades

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

  • Business Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, looks at a sudden rise in the price of oil.
  • NFL Takeout: Sports writer Dave Zirin talks about the upcoming Supreme Court date for the NFL as they argue that they are a single corporate entity. The ruling could have wide ramifications for all four major U.S. sports leagues and anti-trust law.
  • Listener Responses: We get a dose of decade-pedantry (all of it correct, however) from you, our listeners.

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Takeouts: FTC & Intel, Sotomayor, Colts/Jaguars

Thursday, December 17, 2009

  • Business Takeout: Louise Story tells us why the Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Intel, just as Europe has dropped their anti-trust suit against Microsoft.
  • Supreme Court Takeout: Carole King takes us through Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first visit to Puerto Rico since becoming a Supreme Court justice.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says it would be a mistake if the undefeated Colts benched their starters in tonight's game. His suggestion? Play hard, all the way!

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Should Kids Face Life Without Parole?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Should kids go to jail for life with no chance of parole, even if they are not murderers? That is the question facing the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, who heard arguments yesterday from two offenders currently serving life sentences for crimes they committed as teens. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us to discuss the case, which advocates are calling "the Brown v. Board of Education of juvenile law."

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Takeouts: Wall St. Pay, Climate Change, Phillies' Win

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

  • Business Takeout: The Supreme Court signaled they aren't too eager to intervene on excessive pay for Wall Street execs, but the Federal Reserve seems to be champing at the bit. Louise Story, finance reporter for our partners The New York Times, explains.
  • Washington Takeout: Our own Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the wrangling over climate change legislation on Capitol Hill.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin looks at last night's Phillies win over the Yankees as both teams head back to New York for Game 6 of the World Series.

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Takeouts: Health Care, Enron in Court, and Age in the Workplace

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

  • Business Takeout: The disgraced head of Enron, Jeff Skilling, is heading to the Supreme Court. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us what to watch in the case. She also gives us the details on another corporate fraud case that may be in the works against Bank of America, who is coming under closer scrutiny over some recently uncovered emails that reveal questionable behavior by the board of directors.
  • Washington Takeout: Julie Mason, White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner, says now that Sen. Max Baucus' (D-Mont.) health care reform bill has passed out of the Senate Finance Committee, the White House is going on the offensive for health care reform.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear your reactions to our story on age in the workplace.

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The Takeaway

Are Dogfighting Videos Protected Speech?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Today is the second day of the Supreme Court’s new term. And for the first time in a quarter century, justices may declare an entire category of speech outside of First Amendment protection. At the center of the case is a law that Congress passed in 1999 making it illegal to distribute videos and other materials depicting animal cruelty, like dogfighting. In 2003, a man named Robert J. Stevens was sent to jail for 37 months for breaking that law. Today the court will decide whether Congress overstepped its authority by passing the law in the first place.

Alan Isaacman, a First Amendment attorney who famously defended Larry Flynt, and Mary Lou Randour, director of human-animal relations with the Humane Society of the U.S., discuss the case.

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Supreme Court: Sotomayor Starts, Stevens Leaving?

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Supreme Court begins its annual term this morning with a packed agenda. Among other cases, they'll be hearing about gun rights, dog-fighting videos, corporate political contributions and the First Amendment. Plus, it's Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first day on the job, and there are rumors that Justice Stevens is on his way out. For more, we turn to Dahlia Lithwick, Supreme Court correspondent and senior editor at Slate Magazine.

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The Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, October 05, 2009

We look at what's coming up this week with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times; and from London we speak to Jonathan Marcus, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC. On the agenda: the latest with Iran and their nuclear program; the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan; China Premier Wen Jiabao's visit with Kim Jong Il in North Korea; and the Supreme Court's new term with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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A Team By Any Other Name

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The regular baseball season is winding down, but the excitement for fans is far from over. Both the American and National League teams are making their big push for the playoffs and then (hopefully) a run at the World Series. The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin gives us his picks for teams to watch.

Also on Ibrahim's agenda? For years, Native American groups have been trying to change the name of professional sports teams such as the Braves, the Cleveland Indians, and the Florida State Seminoles. Now, Native American activists are focusing on the Washington Redskins, and they are trying to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Our very own sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, brings us up to speed.

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Supreme Court to Consider 'Hillary, the Movie'

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A relatively innocuous (albeit negative) documentary on Hillary Clinton released during the 2008 election season may lead to something bigger than itself.  Today, the United States Supreme Court will return from its summer vacation to hear a case instigated by the film. It is, in fact, the second time the case has been brought before the nation's highest court, but this time it comes with greater weight: the potential to overturn campaign finance laws that have existed for the last 100 years. To take us from the film to the court case we are joined by Nate Persily, law professor at Columbia University; and Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner the New York Times. 

For more, read Adam Liptak's article, Supreme Court to Revisit ‘Hillary’ Documentary, in the New York Times.

Check out some of the documentary, Hillary: The Movie or watch part one below:

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The Supreme Court Steps In

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For many inmates in American prisons, the U.S. Supreme Court is their favorite pen pal. Prisoners have been known to write weekly (or daily) letters begging the justices to intercede in their cases. These direct pleas (writs of habeas corpus in legalese) have been consistently ignored by the U.S. Supreme Court for fifty years. Yesterday, however, the court surprised many legal observers by breaking its long habit and intervening in the case of death row inmate Troy Davis. He has been on death row in Georgia since being convicted of the 1988 murder of an off-duty police officer. Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us with more of the story.

For more, read With 2 Hours to Spare, Justices Stay Execution, in the New York Times.

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On the Road with the Thomases

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

As the president prepares to speak at an RV manufacturing plant in Elkhart, Indiana, we wanted to talk to some real-life RV enthusiasts about life on the road. The Takeaway is joined by Ginni Thomas. She and her husband, Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice, head out on the open highways of the nation every summer. They join us from somewhere in the Adirondacks.

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The Week Ahead with Marcus Mabry and Rob Watson

Monday, July 27, 2009

This week, The Takeaway talks to Marcus Mabry, International Business Editor for The New York Times, and Rob Watson of the BBC about how the China-U.S. talks in Washington will shape policy on the economy, the environment and foreign policy. Then we'll look at where Israel stands with Iran, and the timetable for voting on the new Supreme Court Justice.

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Reviewing Judge Sotomayor's Week

Friday, July 17, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's testimony in front of the Senate's judicial committee wrapped up yesterday. Democrats plan a final Senate vote to confirm Sotomayor in early August. The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, has been covering (and tweeting) every moment of the confirmation hearings for the nation's first Hispanic Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court; he joins us with the week's highlights.

Watch Frank Ricci's questions to Sotomayor in the video below.

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Highlights from the Sotomayor Hearings, Day Three

Thursday, July 16, 2009

As Judge Sonia Sotomayor prepares for another long day in front of the U.S. Senate Judicial Committee, we turn to The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich. He was there for all of yesterday's highlights and he joins us with his take on the ongoing confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee. (Todd is Twittering the hearings' highlights; follow him on thetakeaway.org.)

"The way to keep one's sanity in watching these hearings is principally to look at them as markers on our path of constitutional development."
—Columbia University law professor Nate Persily on Sonia Sotomayor's hearings

Here, Sen. Al Franken questions Sotomayor on abortion and the Constitution:

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Do Senate Confirmation Hearings Matter?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It is Day Four of the U.S. Senate's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and The Takeaway is asking: are Senate confirmation hearings a chance to explore the intricacies of U.S. jurisprudence and truly assess the character of the nominee? Or just a chance for senators to impress their constituents and for nominees to tell the Senate what they want to hear? The Takeaway talks to Nate Persily, a professor of law and political science at Columbia University.

Here's Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) taking his turn on the Senatorial stage yesterday:

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A Sotomayor Critic Weighs In

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's the third day of Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with the latest. We are also joined by David Kopel, who will be testifying against the Supreme Court nominee. David Kopel works for the Independence Institute as a researcher and is a policy analyst with the conservative Cato Institute.

Here's Sen. Sessions quizzing Sonia Sotomayor yesterday:

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Judge Sotomayor Speaks: A Recap of Day Two

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yesterday U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor faced a full day of questioning from senators. The Hispanic nominee was grilled on her past decisions, her judicial philosophy, and her now infamous "wise Latina" statement. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich was there for it all. He joins us with all the highlights of Day Two and a look ahead at Day Three of the Senate confirmation hearings.

"Even Lindsey Graham who came at her has, of course, famously now said, 'Unless you have a meltdown, you're going to be confirmed.' And it did appear to a lot of people in the room that he was turning up the heat to see if he could cause the meltdown after he said that."
—Todd Zwillich on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings

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Judge Sotomayor, The Bronx is Watching

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Takeaway checks in on Sonia Sotomayor's old stomping ground: the Bronx. Joining the conversation are Mary McKinney, founder of the Concerned Residents Organization in the Soundview section of the Bronx; Agnes Rivera, with Community Voices Heard, a low-income public housing campaign; and Orlando Plaza, owner of Camaradas del Barrio restaurant in East Harlem.

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Walking the Plank: The Sotomayor Hearings, Day Two

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Republican members of the Senate judiciary committee cautioned that Sotomayor could be an "activist judge," prone to favor minority groups; Democrats emphasized her American dream credentials. Today, Senate Judiciary Committee members will likely grill her on judicial decisions. Joining us for a recap of yesterday's events and a look ahead is Jeffrey Rosen. He is a Professor of Law at George Washington University, and legal affairs editor for The New Republic. He’s also the author of The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America.

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