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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Al Shabab Attacks: Did the International Community Drop the Ball? | Nairobi: A Young and Bustling City | Senate to Vote on House Budget Defunding Obamacare | As U.S. Moves Forward With Iran, Questions of Political Prisoners Remain | Reading Iran: A Literary Look into the Country's Culture | Union Unease Over Implementation of Affordable Care Act | Roundtable: How to Ban a Book in America

Al Shabab Attacks: Did the International Community Drop the Ball?

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.

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Nairobi: A Young and Bustling City

Nairobi is the youngest big city in the region, and also one of the fastest growing. Mwangi S. Kimenyi is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution and currently serves as advisory board member of the School of Economics, University of Nairobi. He explains the history and layout of the city, and why these attacks reverberated so painfully across the city.

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Senate to Vote on House Budget Defunding Obamacare

The Senate is set to vote on a House budget that would defund Obamacare tomorrow. Congress must authorize new government spending by October 1—less than a week away-- or risk a partial government shutdown. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the political machinations happening in Congress.

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As U.S. Moves Forward With Iran, Questions of Political Prisoners Remain

As world leaders gather this week in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, Iran is making gestures of conciliation. The nation released 11 prominent political prisoners—the move was unexpected and to some incomplete. Dozens of people remain incarcerated on anti-government charges, including a constituent of Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Michigan's Flint Township.

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Reading Iran: A Literary Look into the Country's Culture

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. 

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Union Unease Over Implementation of Affordable Care Act

Labor Unions were nothing short of a major force in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, so it may surprise you to learn that at the ALF-CIO's convention earlier this month, Terence O'Sullivan, President of the Laborers' International Union of North America, was speaking in terms of repeal. Steven Greenhouse, the workforce and labor reporter for The New York Times, explains the friction between the White House and unions.

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Roundtable: How to Ban a Book in America

This week is Banned Books Week. But how does someone actually ban a book? Today The Takeaway hears from Mike Holzknecht a lawyer and parent who's joined in opposition against certain books. Also weighing in is Sarah Pacheco, the public information officer for the Sierra Vista Unified School District, which is about to hold a hearing on whether a book should be pulled from the curriculum. Finally, Amy Crump, a Library Director at Homewood Public Library in Illinois, discusses the process of banning books.

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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Banned and Challenged Books?

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and is typically held during the last week of September. Banned Books week is designed to highlight the value of free and open access to information. This year's Banned Books Week runs from September 22 - 28. How much do you know about banned books? Test your knowledge with our Takeaway quiz.

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