The Takeaway | December 18, 2012

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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The Myth of the NRA | Assault Rifle Ban Returns to the Table for Discussion | Congress Debates Sandy Aid, Scott Replaces DeMint, and More Washington News | CERN Researchers Make Zombie Flick to Appeal to the Masses | The Changing Middle East, Two Years After the Arab Spring

Assault Rifle Ban Back on the Table

There are more guns in the United States than in any other country in the world, and Americans also have the highest gun ownership per capita rate — round 90 guns for every 100 Americans. But according to Paul Waldman, contributing editor at the American Prospect, the NRA isn't as powerful as it seems.

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Congress Loses Its Most Senior Senator, Replaces DeMint, Debates Sandy Aid

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest on potential gun control legislation in Congress, with the death of the Senate's most senior member, more on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, South Carolina’s new Senator, John Kerry for Secretary of State, and the fiscal cliff.

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Should Assault Weapons Be Banned? Listeners Respond

All week, in response to the Newtown Connecticut shooting, we're talking about assault weapons, and whether they should be banned. Takeaway listeners have some strong opinions, and smart insights.

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The Changing Middle East, Two Years After the Arab Spring

BBC Correspondent Hugh Sykes recently completed another exhaustive trip across North Africa and the Middle East to try and assess, and better understand, what has changed in the region since the Arab Spring uprisings began, two years ago.

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CERN Researchers Make Zombie Flick to Appeal to the Masses

Physics researchers at CERN have somehow managed to set aside time to explain physics to the rest of us in a new self-produced horror flick called "Decay." Burton DeWilde is a former doctoral student conducting research at CERN, and the co-producer, director of photography, and editor of "Decay."

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