Alexandra Botti

Takeaway Senior Producer

Alexandra Botti appears in the following:

The Long Fight for Human Rights in Egypt

Monday, April 24, 2017

In Egypt, there's been a recent crackdown on human rights. Few human rights organizations remain in the country to protect and defend those who endure crimes like torture and rape.

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Scientists Say The Great Barrier Reef is Officially Dying

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In recent years, the news has been overwhelmingly bad for the Great Barrier Reef. Now, a number of scientists say that one of our world's great natural treasures is now truly "terminal."

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The Philippines is Running Out of Birth Control — Fast

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Philippines may completely run out of contraceptives in 2018. The nation's instability and politicized battle over access to reproductive care is putting women's health in jeopardy.

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Lawmakers Poised for Filibuster Showdown Over Gorsuch Nomination

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Senate Democrats are vowing to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and Republicans are promising to invoke the "nuclear option" to change the rules once more.

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Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria Kills Dozens

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

There are reports that after the initial chemical attack, a series of airstrikes targeted a hospital and emergency clinics where victims were being treated.  

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In St. Louis, Contaminated Landfills Stir Anxiety

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Two landfills in St. Louis — one with radioactive waste, another with a smoldering underground fire —have residents worried about health effects as well as danger to the environment.

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Advocates Say N.C. Bathroom Bill Repeal is Not a Victory

Friday, March 31, 2017

Though North Carolina lawmakers voted to repeal the state's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill," LGBTQ advocates say the replacement bill still allows for discrimination.

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Following Healthcare Failure, State Republicans Move to Expand Medicaid

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The GOP healthcare plan would have barred states from expanding Medicaid, but since the deal fell apart, many states are now considering expansion in order to cover more residents.

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Why Doesn't It Pay More? The Most Common Questions About Jury Duty

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Andrew Ferguson, a law professor at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and author of "Why Jury Duty Matters," answers some frequently asked questions about jury duty. 

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Juror V. Racism: Tackling Discrimination in The Courtroom

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Racially-biased juries can have their decisions thrown out. One former prosecutor argues that we should turn individual jurors to send an important message about an unequal system.

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Unreasonable Doubt? Clearing Up the Convoluted Language of Jury Instructions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jury instructions are critical to helping jurors understand fundamental concepts like reasonable doubt. How do we make the language of jury instructions more clear?

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Using Big Data to Create a More Fair Jury

Monday, March 27, 2017

One expert says it’s time to tap into the vast world of big data to find out what prospective jurors read and listen to, and what beliefs they might bring into the courtroom. 

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Check Your 'Privilege'? Rethinking Our Relationship with a Powerful Word

Friday, March 17, 2017

Writer Phoebe Maltz Bovy says using the word "privilege" as an accusation against others is getting out of hand, and holds us back from important conversations about inequality.

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How Growing Nationalism is Shaping European Elections

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In Europe, the political climate has taken a turn to the right ahead of elections in the Netherlands and France. 

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A Global Sand Mining Crisis

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rapid urban growth and a global boom in construction are depleting an essential ingredient used in concrete and asphalt: Sand. The boom is also swiftly creating an environmental crisis.

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South Korean President Officially Ousted

Friday, March 10, 2017

On Friday, South Korea decided to remove suspended President Park Geun-hye following a public corruption scandal that has engulfed the nation in recent months.

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Zoning Issues or Islamophobia? Community Says 'No' to New Mosque

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Officials cited zoning issues in voting down a proposed mosque in Bayonne, New Jersey this week, but many say this was a religiously-motivated decision fueled by fear of Muslims.

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Jeff Sessions' Deputy Faces Heat on the Hill

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

President Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general is facing tough questioning from lawmakers about whether he would appoint special counsel to investigate Russian hacking.

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Fighting for Transgender Protections After a String of Murders

Monday, March 06, 2017

At least seven transgender people have been murdered in 2017. The killings are outpacing last year's frightening homicide rate, which was the highest on record.

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Repeal and Replace: Can the GOP Get on the Same Page on Healthcare?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Republicans are trying to come together on a plan to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act, but just can't seem to reach an agreement — yet.

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