T.J. Raphael

Takeaway Digital Content Editor

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

Momentum Builds to End Surgery on Intersex Newborns

Thursday, August 03, 2017

There is growing support, from activists and former surgeons general, to stop surgeries on intersex infants, who are born with a mix of male and female biological traits.

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Immigration Detention Quotas Costs Taxpayers Billions

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Back in 2009, Congress passed a law that requires no less than 33,400 beds in immigration centers to be “active” every night. This quota costs the U.S. about $2 billion a year. 

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The Trump-Russia Investigation: A Complete Timeline

Friday, July 14, 2017

Everything you need to know about the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
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Voices from Inside Immigration Detention

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This week, The Takeaway is exploring how immigration detention transformed into a shadow prison system. Today, we go inside one of these facilities.

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With Comey's Dismissal, Are We Careening Towards a Constitutional Crisis?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jeffrey Rosen, a professor of law at George Washington University and president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, discusses the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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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."


ACA Repeal Stirs Fear of a Future Without Healthcare

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A young woman who relies on her ACA insurance to cover her mental health care costs says she's worried about the law's possible replacement. 


Former EPA Head: Trump's Budget an 'All Out Assault' on the Environment

Friday, March 17, 2017

"This budget is literally and figuratively a scorched-earth budget," says Gina McCarthy, former head of the EPA. "It really represents an all out assault on clean air, water, and land."

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Holocaust Survivor Gives the Gift of Music to Bronx Schoolgirl

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Joe Feingold, a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor, donated his violin to Brianna, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx. Their story is being told in the new documentary, "Joe's Violin."

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President Trump: How Do You Plan to Address Gun Violence?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

We continue #100Days100Qs with a question on gun violence. 

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President Trump: How Do You Plan to Unite the Divided American Electorate?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some 45 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump. How will he unite the nation, or at least convince everyone to get along?

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Unrest Spreads Throughout Mexico

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A double digit increase in gas prices has led to looting and protests in Mexico, and Donald Trump’s plans to put more economic pressure on Mexico could make the situation worse.


The Green Giant? China Plans to Invest Billions in Renewable Energy

Monday, January 09, 2017

China plans to spend more than $360 billion on renewable power sources and expects to dominate the renewable energy sector by 2020.


A Defiant Optimist Creates a New Kind of Stock Exchange

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Durreen Shahnaz's social stock exchange has positively impacted 12 million people throughout Asia.

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A Brief History of U.S. Intervention in Foreign Elections

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The CIA has revealed that Russia deliberately interfered with the November election to help Donald Trump. Yet, intervening in foreign election is nothing new, particularly to the U.S.

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Bismarck Residents Didn’t Even Have to Fight to Re-Route the Dakota Access Pipeline

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The population of Bismarck, North Dakota, which is located about 55 miles north of the Standing Rock Reservation, is 92 percent white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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'Sanctuary Cities' Get Ready for a Siege

Monday, November 14, 2016

The president-elect has promised to cut off federal funding for so-called "sanctuary cities," a name given to places that have ignored policies that target undocumented immigrants.

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Twin Cities on a Search for Racial Justice this Election Season

Monday, November 07, 2016

“They call it the land of milk and honey, but it isn’t like that for all of us,” says Russel Balenger, a 66-year-old community activist in the Minneapolis-St.Paul area.


In Working Class Country, A Changing Economy Isn’t Pulling Everyone Along

Thursday, November 03, 2016

“We’re not giving these people a plan B," says Matthew McManus, a 26-year-old aircraft mechanic in West Virginia.
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In 2016 Election, Evangelicals Focus on ‘Religious Liberty’

Thursday, November 03, 2016

"[T]he aggressiveness of the LGBT agenda is the best thing that’s happened to Evangelicalism,” says Rit Varriale, pastor at Elizabeth Baptist Church. 

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