While the federal government shutdown has shuttered much of Washington, today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-2014 term. The nation's highest judicial body will rule on abortion, affirmative action and much more. Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, unpacks the major cases before the Court over the next eight months.
Republican Governor John Kasich finds himself at war with his GOP-dominated legislature over Medicaid expansion. Takeaway listener and Athens, Ohio resident Amy Farnsworth hopes her legislature will come around on Medicaid expansion. She explains why her healthcare depends on the expansion in Ohio.
While the shutdown has had a very real impact, particularly on the 800,000 fuloughed government workers, with the near-constant speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican leaders, the shutdown has become a battle of public relations. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, examines who will come out on top in the 2013 image war.
In the weeks before October 1st, number-crunchers at the Office of Management and Budget prepared for a government shutdown. That day has arrived, as it did twice during the Clinton Administration, in November 1995, and again in December 1995. Sally Katzen served as the OMB's Administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in 1995-1996. She discusses the legacy of the Clinton-era government shutdown, and compares it to the budget showdown today.
Back in President Barack Obama’s first term, administration officials touted the president’s new foreign policy outlook as a "pivot" from the Middle East to Asia. But President Obama’s speech at the United Nations indicates his foreign policy goals seem to be focused on the Middle East. Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explains.
Today, psychiatrists have documented a new type of delusion: The belief that the patient is the star of his own reality show. Doctors call it "The Truman Show Delusion" after the Jim Carrey movie of the same name. Andrew Marantz recently profiled one patient suffering from the Truman Show Delusion in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Nick Lotz discovered his symptoms after his freshman year in college.
Was the international community lulled into a sense of false security about the Al Shabab militant group because of some perceived military setbacks on the ground in Somalia and elsewhere in East Africa? Joining us to discuss this is Jendayi Frazer, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She is currently a Distinguished Public Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
What is cultural life really like for Iranians? How is the government reflected in their literature, their films, and their theater? Author and journalist Kamin Mohammadi was born in Iran and lived there until the age of nine, when her family fled after the 1979 Revolution. She explores Iranian culture through a literary lens.
This fall may be the U.S.'s first opportunity for real and lasting change with Iran. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the way forward between the U.S. and Iran is Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Colonel Dave Roeder is a retired Air Force Colonel and one of the 52 American hostages held during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He joins us today to discuss his experience and how he views the new stance of Iran.
The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.
In the new sharing economy, consumers can easily rent or share everything from bikes to luxury clothing. Arun Sundararajan, professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, says the new investment in renting is fueled by the rise of the internet and urbanization. The millennialtendency to rent caught the eye of Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that allows its customers to rent luxury clothes for a tenth of the retail price.
As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often fields questions about gender and justice. In the second half of her wide-ranging interview with Takeaway host John Hockenberry, Justice Ginsburg begins with a thought-provoking comment regarding Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States and recognized a right to privacy in the Constitution.
Here you'll find a transcript of The Takeaway's interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Host John Hockenberry interviewed Justice Ginsburg on September 12, 2013 at the Supreme Court Lawyers Lounge.
In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her revolutionary work on women and the law, the President and Congress' role in war, and privacy versus technology. Justice Ginsburg talks at length about her career, her position as the second female justice on the nation's highest court and her start as a litigator and a strategic champion of women's rights.
On Thursday, Twitter announced that it has filed paperwork for an initial public offering. The tweet surprised investors and employees alike. David Gelles, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses Twitter's path forward.
Members of Congress returned to work on Wednesday, and though President Obama called off a vote on military action, questions remain over exactly how and when a diplomatic resolution may unfold. Joining The Takeaway is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who represents California’s 46th district and is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.
What if you knew that the government had a massive secret master plan outlining its response to a series of improbable disasters? William Arkin is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and the author of the new book "American Coup: How a Terrified Government is Destroying the Constitution." In this latest work he argues that secret American programs could be destroying American democracy in the name of saving it.
A seemingly off-the-cuff remark made by Secretary of State John Kerry may have radically changed the possibilities for U.S. intervention in Syria. On Monday, Secretary Kerry said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a military strike by the U.S. if the regime leader turned over all of his chemical weapons without delay. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the implications of Secretary Kerry's "accidental diplomacy."
Tonight President Barack Obama will make his case for U.S. intervention in Syria. The speech follows a week of ramped-up pressure for support of the President’s measure. Joining The Takeaway to explain how the U.S. may navigate the Syria puzzle is Jeremy Shapiro, a former advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on North Africa and Syria and now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.
While the United States has entered a great many conflicts in its 237 years, Congress has only declared war only 11 times. As President Obama seeks to convince members of the 113th Congress to intervene in Syria, Jennifer Weber, professor of history at the University of Kansas, explores the legislative and executive branches' historical relationship with war.