Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens; Africa Faces Its Worst Drought in 60 Years

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Newly arrived Somali refugees watch on from behind a fence outside a registration and food distribution center in Dadaab, as a woman is finally able to get an emergency food ration. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens; Middle East Wine Revolution: Arab Awakening Boosts Wine Business; Social Security Cuts Reportedly On Table As Debt Ceiling Talks Continue; Summer Music: Jim James's Mixed Tape; Twelve Million People Need Food Aid after Rains Fail in Africa; New Movie Releases: 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper,' 'Project Nim'; My America: John Turturro; News Of The World Hacking Victim Speaks Out.

Top of the Hour: 'News of the World' to Cease Publication, Morning Headlines

After 168 years in print, The News of the World, Britain's most widely read newspaper, will publish its final issue on Sunday. News Corporation, NoW's parent company, made the decision in order to stanch the bleeding from an ongoing hacking scandal.


Murdoch Closes 'World' As Scandal Broadens

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will close Britain’s most popular newspaper, The News of the World, in a bid to prevent the outrage over the tabloid’s phone hacking scandal from infecting the other news outlets he owns. British detectives investigating the illegal phone hacking conducted by the newspaper’s staff say the number of victims could exceed 4,000.


Middle East Wine Revolution: Arab Awakening Boosts Wine Business

Since the first rumblings of revolution in Tunisia last year, we’ve been covering the Arab awakenings often. We’ve asked for analysis from political reporters and foreign correspondents, and reported the latest news as it came in. Today, we're examining a different angle to the uprisings: commerce, particularly the growing number of Middle Eastern wine businesses


Rep. Rush Holt on Social Security Cuts in Debt Ceiling Talks

The latest news out of the ongoing negotiations to raise the country's debt limit is that President Obama is putting entitlement reform on the table. But Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats say they were caught completely off-guard by the president's latest proposal, and said that the Party is opposed to including Social Security cuts in any kind of deal. The president says the two sides remain divided and far from finding reaching an agreement, but House Speaker John Boehner says there's a 50-50 chance that they'll be able to arrive at a decision this week. Will the president's dramatic proposal be the catalyst that moves the debt deal forward?

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US Ambassador Visits Flashpoint City in Syrian Uprising

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford made an unannounced visit to the city of Hama yesterday. Ford apparently traveled to Hama on his own to show solidarity with the four month uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Anthony Shadid of The New York Times reports on Ford's trip from Beirut, Lebanon.


Summer Music: Jim James's Mixtape

We're celebrating summer music here at the Takeaway. Throughout the month we’ll be talking with different musicians about what songs say summer to them. Our guest today is Jim James, the lead singer and founding member of the band, My Morning Jacket. The band's latest album is called “Circuital.”

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Top of the Hour: Catastrophic Drought in Horn of Africa, Morning Headlines

People from Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti are pouring into overcrowded refugee camps after a drought has ravaged the Horn of Africa the second consecutive year.


Without Rain, Africa Faces Its Worst Drought in 60 Years

Twelve million people need food aid after rains failed for the second consecutive year across the Horn of Africa region, which encompasses Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Eritrea. Somalia has already been battling famine for two decades. The World Food Program says that more than 110,000 people are in camps in Southeastern Ethiopia, with more than 1,600 are arriving every day, showing signs of severe malnutrition.


New Movie Releases: 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper,' 'Project Nim'

This weekend's film releases include the comedy "Horrible Bosses," starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, and the family-friendly "Zookeeper," starring Kevin James. For animal lovers, there's also the documentary "Project Nim," the sad tale of a chimpanzee who was raised as a human child. 


'News Of The World' Hacking Victim Speaks Out

The media giant News Corp. announced yesterday that it would close its most successful tabloid paper, News of the Worldover claims its journalists hacked the private phones of celebrities, crime victims, bereaved military families and people involved up in the 2005 London bombings — a terrorist attack that killed 52 people.


My America: John Turturro

All this week, we’ve been talking with influential Americans about what patriotism and America means to them. We’re calling the series "My America." We’re wrapping up the series today, with actor, writer, and director John Turturro. Famous for his roles in movies like “Do the Right Thing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Labowski,” and the “Transformers” trilogy, Turturro's newest film is called "Passione."


Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis Marks End of Era

Today's launch of space shuttle Atlantis marks the last of NASA's manned shuttle missions. With the closing of the shuttle program comes, not only an unclear future for future space exploration, but also a sadness for those aspiring astronauts who have spent years training to go into space. Kate Rubins, a member of the astronaut class of 2009, discusses the implications of the program's end and how she'll be an astronaut in a post-shuttle world.


New Jobs Numbers Show Little Growth

New economic data from the federal government show the economy added a paltry 18,000 jobs in June, pushing the unemployment rate back to 9.2 percent. Dan Gross, columnist and finance editor for Yahoo! Finance, gives his analysis of the numbers.

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Top of the Hour: New Jobs Numbers, Morning Headlines

Despite across-the-board indications that the U.S. economy would be seeing enormous job growth this month, employers added just 18,000 jobs. Dan Gross, columnist and economics editor of Yahoo! Finance, discusses the stalled labor market in the face of the lowest job growth in nearly a year.


Nicholas Kristof on Africa's Worst Drought in Decades

Nearly 12 million people in Africa are facing the worst drought the continent has seen in 60 years. Along with water shortages, come food shortages — and as people desperate for food become refugees, aid groups are calling for a wide-ranging effort to tackle the problem. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof joins the show to talk about the challenges facing the region most severely impacted, and the aid groups trying to provide relief.



Weak Jobs Numbers May Hinder Recovery

Job creation came to a near standstill in the month of June. New statistics out this morning from the Department of Labor show the economy added a scant 18,000 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate up to 9.2 percent — the fewest new hires in nine months.

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