Today's Takeaway | December 14, 2012

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Egyptian opposition gather in sit-in tents at the landmark Tahrir square in Cairo on November 25, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptians Protest Ahead of Constitution Vote | The Debt Nightmare Returns | New Movie Releases: 'The Hobbit' | New Film Tells True Story of Gay Couple Trying to Adopt in 1979 | Remixing the Holidays with Olivia Newton-John

Egyptians Protest Ahead of Constitution Vote

Tomorrow, Egyptians will go to the polls once again to vote on a referendum for a draft constitution backed by conservative Islamists. Political unrest has rocked Cairo for weeks, and the fate of Egypt's new constitution remains to be seen. Journalist Issandr El Amrani is the founder and publisher of The Arabist, a blog devoted to Middle East political analysis.

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The Debt Nightmare Returns

If Washington can’t reach a compromise over the debt ceiling by mid-February or early-March, things are going to look an awful lot like they did in 2011 when the country was on the brink of default. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.

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European Court Condemns C.I.A.'s Extraordinary Renditions Program

The European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that America's treatment of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, "amounted to torture," and that his capture, kidnapping and disappearance violated the basic tenants of human rights. Jim Goldston, is a lawyer for el-Masri and is also the executive director of the Open Society Institute.

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Listener's Respond to Our Stories on Irony, Empathy

We've received a ton of responses over the last few days about our stories on the supposed death of irony, teaching empathy to kids, and more. Takeaway host John Hockenberry runs through some of our favorites.

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New Movie Releases: 'The Hobbit'

Friday is the day when we talk about new movie releases here on the Takeaway. And there’s one big one that’s dominating the headlines: the long-awaited Peter Jackson film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in, as usual. In addition to hosting the podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is the culture producer for the Takeaway.

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New Film Tells True Story of Gay Couple Trying to Adopt in 1979

Based on a true story "Any Day Now" follows a gay couple that takes in a neglected child, and fights to remain the child’s legal guardians. Opening on December 14, the film has already attracted accolades and awards, including the Audience Award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Alan Cumming stars as Rudy, a man who longs to be legally recognized as a father of a disabled child.

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Remixing the Holidays with Olivia Newton-John

It’s the week before Christmas and, as usual, The Takeaway is celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. Throughout the month, we’re talking with musicians, actors, experts listeners about the best and worst songs of the season. Today’s guest is Grammy award-winning singer and actor Olivia Newton-John.

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Shooting at Connecticut School Leaves Dozens Dead

We'll have live updates starting at 3 PM Eastern on the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that has reportedly left at least 27 people dead, including over a dozen children.

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