Today's Takeaway | December 4, 2012

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

House centipede (Gabriel Esler/flickr)

The Latest from the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff | Do Tax Incentives Really Create Jobs? | Space News: For the History Books or the Front Pages? | Opposing the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities | The Difference Between Rational and Irrational Fear

Boehner Puts Forward Fiscal Cliff Counter Offer

On Monday, Majority Leader John Boehner introduced a $2.2 trillion plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. President Obama and the Democrats are looking to cut $600 billion in spending, with $1.6 trillion in tax increases, primarily through increasing taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations, and Diane Lim, chief economist at the Concord Coalition, analyzes the economic details.

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Do Tax Incentives Really Create Jobs?

A three-part investigation by our partner The New York Times may offer some unsettling news for both taxpayers and local officials who have assumed that providing attractive incentives to businesses would create jobs. Investigative reporter Louise Story explains her findings.

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Space News: For the History Books or the Front Pages?

Anticipation began building two weeks ago, after NPR quoted Mars rover Curiosity mission chief scientist John Grotzinger as saying that the rover had recently gathered data "for the history books." Was the anticipation worth it? Is there really new information that will go down in history? Denton Ebel knows a lot about the solar system, meteorites and outer space in general. He’s chair of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Physical Sciences.

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Essay: The Roots of Opposition to the U.N. Disability Convention

Takeaway host John Hockenberry, who uses a wheelchair, looks at the people opposing the United Nations Convention on Rights for People with Disabilities.

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Opposing the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Today the United Nations will vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The treaty’s goal is to protect the rights of people with disabilities and ensure that they receive equal access to services and opportunities worldwide. A vocal contingent has spoken out in opposition to the treaty, including Michael Farris, who shares his views with The Takeaway.

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The Difference Between Rational and Irrational Fear

What scares you? No, really scares you? In this age of antibiotics, antiseptics, airbags and anti-virus software, maybe the answer is, not much. But Chris Cerf, co-author of "Encyclopedia Paranoiaca" would like to convince you that there’s still plenty to be scared of.

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