Today's Takeaway | January 25, 2013

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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Issues at Hand: A Path to Immigration Reform | Who is Mary Jo White? Behind Obama's Pick to Head the SEC | North Korea Makes New, More Explicit Threat | Revisiting the Brothers Grimm | New Movie Releases: 'Hansel and Gretel'

The Issues at Hand: A Path to Immigration Reform

Despite progress in curbing deportation and prioritizing education for immigrants during Obama’s first term, the Latino constituency among others will look to see that immigration reform is delivered more fully over the next four years. Peter O’Dowd is the news director at KJZZ in Arizona and contributor to the Fronteras Desk and Congressman Luis Gutierrez is the Democratic representative to Illinois's fourth district.

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A New Sign that President Obama Is Getting Serious About Prosecuting Financial Crime

President Obama announced yesterday that Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor, is his pick to serve as the next chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. If confirmed by the Senate, White will be the first prosecutor to head the S.E.C., suggesting that the Obama administration may be making a point of elevating financial crimes to the criminal level. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses President Obama's pick.

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New Signs of Bipartisanship in Congress? Not Really.

If we're to believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, there's a chance that both sides of the Senate are coming together as they strike a small deal on filibuster reform. It's not much, as critics are pointing out, but it's something. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains.


North Korea Makes New, More Explicit Threat

While North Korea has repeatedly threatened to strike the United States, a threat made yesterday to target the United States was significantly more explicit. A statement from the North Korean National Defense Commission referred to the United States as the "sworn enemy of the Korean people."

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Revisiting the Brothers Grimm

As "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," the latest Grimm re-telling, hits the big screen, we look at where it all began with Maria Tatar, editor and translator of the new "Annotated Brothers Grimm."