In May, Missouri's state legislature passed a bill that would nullify all federal gun laws, which Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed. But on Wednesday, the legislature convenes again—and it looks like there are enough votes to override that veto. Republican Representative Jay Barnes voted against the bill in May. He joins The Takeaway to discuss why he voted against it and the consequences it could have if passed.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on his country, he should hand over all of his chemical weapons—and do it quick. Today Russia, Syria's most important ally, has welcomed the idea. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, joins The Takeaway to discuss whether this plan might work.
Basma Akbik left Syria for the U.S. 20 years ago with her husband. Her family and her husband’s family remain in war-torn Syria, and many of them are in Damascus awaiting an end to the bloodshed and fear of chemical warfare. Basma Akbik joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how the rest of the world should respond.
Five years ago this month, global markets were stunned when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Anat Admati is the author of “The Bankers’ New Clothes” and a professor of finance and economics at Stanford’s graduate school of business. She discusses the climate that led to Lehman’s collapse and the security of the financial system today.
Today is the first day of school in Philadelphia, which is facing some of the nation's worst educational budget cuts. Karen Thomas is principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary, which has lost four full-time staff members. Robin Dominick is the parent of two children at Powell Elementary, which will see its student body increase by nearly 20 percent. Charles Zogby, Budget Secretary for Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Corbett, weighs in on what the government is doing amidst the budgetary crisis.
When Margo Epprecht worked on Wall Street in the 1980s, she noticed that after women rose through the ranks they left. She writes about the phenomenon in a new piece for Quartz. Ginny Clark, a broker at Beech Hill. She was the first ever female trainee at Salomon Brothers, where she was also the first female trader in 1967. She was also the first female block trader at Merrill Lynch in the late 1970s.
As Congress contemplates another potential conflict in the Middle East, the next few days will be a moment for you to hear from your elected representatives. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) discusses his perspective on potential U.S. involvement in Syria. Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) also weighs in on the Syrian conflict, and calls for an international response to the country's civil war.
The Obama Administration has decided that the U.S. must take military action in Syria, though not before seeking congressional approval. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the next steps for the U.S. Congress and the vote on U.S. military options in Syria are Congressmen Frank Pallone, Gregory Meeks, and Tom Cole. Lara Setrakian, journalist and founder of Syria Deeply, joins the program to discuss the implications of action in Syria and the humanitarian crisis on the ground there. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, fills us in on what to expect around the capital.
The 113th Congress begins its summer recess tomorrow. It has a lot of unfinished business that it probably won’t manage to address before the recess starts. Congress can at least mark one item off the agenda. Yesterday, the House passed a student loan compromise. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the new law, and what Congress didn't get done before its summer recess.
Congress is at war again, but this time the fighting isn't between Republicans and Democrats. With just a few days to go until August recess, the GOP is deeply divided over whether to threaten to shut down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains.
Congress is undertaking broad reform of the tax code—potentially to the tune of trillions of dollars. As Senators prepare their input for tax code reform, they are promised complete confidentiality for their proposals. All records of suggestion will be stored under lock and key in a National Archives vault for the next 50 years. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.
Yesterday, President Obama gave his first address, in what will be a series of major speeches centering on the economy. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich translates the president's speech for us, including plans, intended audience, and the future of the sequester.
Senate Democrats have been plagued with accusations of ineffectiveness. And the Senate is far from alone on that front—the House of Representatives has been unable to produce any results on immigration reform. Is the Congressional leadership failing to do its job? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, and New York Magazine writer Jennifer Senior, explore that question.
About 30,000 inmates in California are on hunger strike this week protesting the state's solitary confinement policies and prison overcrowding. California holds some 4,500 inmates in solitary confinement and the psychological and emotional effects of years in solitary can be devastating. Some researchers liken its effects to those of post-traumatic stress disorder. Today we have two views on whether long spells of solitary confinement has a place in a 21st century penal system.
How important is appearance when it comes to the ability to serve? When Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, an American Sikh, was told by the Army that he would be required to give up the beard, knee-length hair and turban that symbolize his religion, he refused. Instead, he fought for the right to serve while still wearing the symbols that honor his religious tradition. In 2009, the Army granted him a special exception. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his efforts to change the military's policy.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began at sundown on Monday night. And with it, millions of Muslims around the world began abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, in the hopes of finding spiritual growth. But for the Muslims in Guantanamo Bay who’ve been on hunger strike since the spring and regularly face force-feedings, Ramadan is a far more complicated matter. Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald joins The Takeaway to discuss force-feedings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
This month, inmates in prisons around California are participating in a hunger strike. The strikers are demanding better conditions overall in the prison system. They are also revisiting the issue of solitary confinement. Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John has been following the story, and updates us as the hunger strike continues on.
For nearly five centuries, doctors classified nostalgia as a disease, even a form a psychosis. Recent research has shed new light on nostalgia, John Tierney, science columnist for Takeaway partner The New York Times, explains. Over the last ten years, Tierney says, scientists have found that "people who actually indulge in these wistful memories...actually end up feeling more optimistic and more inspired about the future."
Are American retailers that operate in Bangladesh doing enough to improve safety conditions at Bangladeshi factories? U.S. Senator Robert Menendez has been calling for better labor conditions and safety standards for workers in Bangladesh. Safina Rahman, the director of Lakshma Sweaters, an apparel production factory in Bangladesh's capital, responds to the senator's proposal. They join The Takeaway to take us through his plan and how it might impact the garment industry at home and abroad.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have offered large financial aid packages in a move to stabilize the uncertain interim government there in Egypt—and it sends a strong signal of influence in the region. The United States is waiting, but should it be doing more? And behind the scenes, is it doing more? P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson, joins The Takeaway to discuss what kind of diplomacy could be happening behind closed doors. He’s currently professor at George Washington University.