T.J. Raphael

Digital Content Editor of The Takeaway

T. J. Raphael is The Takeaway's Digital Content Editor. Before joining The Takeaway, T. J. was Senior Editor of FOLIO: Magazine and FOLIOMag.com. There she covered the evolving media landscape, technology, economics, social media, apps, publishing and marketing.

As a staff reporter for The Legislative Gazette, based in the New York state capital, T. J. covered Constitutional law, Congressional elections and the New York State Legislature. She's also been a contributing writer to The Village Voice in New York City, and a general assignment reporter for the New York Daily News where she covered everything from entertainment to crime.

Her work has been cited by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, The Economist and Mashable.com, among others. She graduated with honors from Purchase College with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Follow her on Twitter: @TJRaphael.

T.J. Raphael appears in the following:

'Happy Birthday To You' Might Finally Lose Its Copyright

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New evidence in a lengthy legal battle suggests the song should already be in the public domain. Get ready to hear the "real" birthday song at your favorite chain restaurant.

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The Last Land Dispute Between the U.S. and Canada

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Off the coast of Maine, or off the coast of Nova Scotia? That's the question surrounding Machias Seal Island, where American and Canadian lobstermen fight for sovereignty. 

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A New Strategy to Fight HIV and AIDS

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Obama Administration unveils its second national strategy on HIV/AIDS, but practitioners in Southern states, where half of new infections occur, worry it does not go far enough. 

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Cincinnati on Edge After White Officer Indicted in Murder of Black Driver

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A white University of Cincinnati police officer has been indicted in the murder of a black driver, raising tensions around the city.

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Debris May Offer Clues to Missing Flight MH370

Thursday, July 30, 2015

More than a year after Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, officials believe that a piece of the plane may have be found.

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A Strange Alliance Rallies Around Sentencing Reform

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Republicans and Democrats can't agree on much. But after decades of gridlock, there is new momentum in Congress to revise federal sentencing laws.

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Republicans and Democrats: America's Two Tyrants?

Monday, July 27, 2015

While some may feel there are plenty of options for the 2016 election—16 Republicans and four Democrats are in the running—Americans still only have two parties to choose from.

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Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Friday, July 24, 2015

Activist and early pioneer Judy Heumann explains what the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act means for the millions of Americans with disabilities.

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'Bamboozled' & 'Fleeced': Rhetoric Flies in Congress Around Iran Deal

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lawmakers in Congress say the U.S. has been "bamboozled" and "fleeced" by the Iranians. But America's partners in the global community stand by the deal.

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Gunman Kills 2, Injures 9 at Louisiana Theater

Friday, July 24, 2015

Last night's shooting is the eighth mass shooting in Louisiana this year alone. There have been 204 days in 2015 so far, and last night's shooting was the 204th mass shooting this year.

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Nicki Minaj's Valid Argument About Race & The Music Industry

Friday, July 24, 2015

It was branded as a Twitter feud between female artists, but underneath the media frenzy was one artist's genuine concern about race, body image, and the music industry.  

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Living with Alzheimer's, As a Patient and a Caregiver

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's; 15.5 million serve as their caregivers. A new drug offers a glimmer of hope. How should caregivers care for themselves in the meantime?

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Why Your Greek Tragedy References Are All Wrong

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The news out of Greece has been terrible, and so have the headlines. It seems no media outlet can quite resist the opportunity to (wrongly) make some reference to Greek tragedy.

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Pope Recruits Mayors to Confront Human Trafficking, Climate Change

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What's the connection between human trafficking and climate change? This week Pope Francis invited mayors from cities around the globe to the Vatican to work on both issues.

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Texas Jail Where Woman Died Did Not Comply with Standards

Thursday, July 23, 2015

“We did issue a notice of non-compliance based upon a records review of the Waller County Jail,” says Brandon Wood, the executive director of Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

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Muslim Comedian Roundtable: Testing the Limits of Islam & Humor

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Joking about religion is controversial. But stand up comedians are jumping in at the Muslim Funny Fest in New York this week.

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What Aliens Would Hear if They Intercepted Our Radio Waves

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Once radio waves are transmitted from Earth, they travel indefinitely through space. Now there's an online program that lets you see how far certain pop songs have traveled. 

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Why D.C. Has Done Away With Bail

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our nation's capital effectively eliminated monetary bail in the 1990s and is held up as a model of what a better pretrial system could look like.

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5 Years Later, Barney Frank Says the U.S. Financial System is Strong

Monday, July 20, 2015

It has been five years since the passing of the Dodd-Frank Act. We spoke to Barney Frank about how the Act has stood up, and the current state of the financial system. 

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Report Connects The Dots Between Drugs, Fame and Bill Cosby

Monday, July 20, 2015

So far, 36 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of inappropriate sexual behavior. 

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