Today's Takeaway | January 14, 2013

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Monday, January 14, 2013

How Mass Shooters Get Their Guns | Kerry, Hagel Could Bring Vietnam Service to Obama's Cabinet | U.S.-China Relations in Obama's Second Term | What Should Boys Be Taught About Rape?

How Mass Shooters (and Everyone Else) Get Guns

In 2010, according to the Department of Justice, around 80,000 Americans were denied guns because they lied or provided inaccurate information about their criminal histories during a background-check, but just 44 of those people were charged of committing a crime. Could this present a new avenue for the Obama administration's attempt at fighting gun violence? Reporter Anne Mostue of WGBH explains.

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Aaron Swartz, Internet Crusader, Commits Suicide at 26

The government's perceived right to control information and protect private data networks has become entangled in a tragedy. Aaron Swartz — 26-year-old programming genius and, in a sense, a budding philosopher of the information age — took his own life on Friday. Lawrence Lessig, a friend and mentor, remembers him.

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Highlights from Last Night's Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards last night. Kristen Meinzer discusses everyone's favorite preview to the Oscars. Kristen hosts the Movie Date podcast with Rafer Guzman.

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Kerry, Hagel Could Bring Vietnam Service to Obama's Cabinet

Vietnam War veterans like John McCain are not new to national politics, playing a small but vocal role in Congress. But now two Vietnam vets are poised to join President Obama's cabinet in foreign policy roles. The president has nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry for secretary of state and Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense. Both were wounded in the war. Bryan Bender is the Washington reporter for The Boston Globe.

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U.S.-China Relations in Obama's Second Term

Over the next four years, President Obama will face a number of foreign policy issues, but our relationship with China is perhaps the most complex, and the most urgent. Donald Gross, author of "The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China's Rise and Avoid Another Cold War," argues that the administration's pick of Senator John Kerry for secretary of state and Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense represents a positive shift in U.S.-China relations.

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What Should Boys Be Taught About Rape?

In the weeks since a young woman was brutally gang-raped and left for dead in streets of New Delhi, India, a global conversation has emerged over gender roles in India, the United States and many other countries. Today, The Takeaway continues that conversation with a look at what we teach our boys about gender, both in India, and here at home.

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