Today's Takeaway | January 29, 2013

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

An Undocumented Immigrant Roundtable on Immigration Reform | From Undocumented Pay to Documented Paycheck | The Myths and Realities of the 2008 Financial Crisis | With Dreamliner Still Grounded, How Much Does Boeing Stand to Lose? | Egypt Boils Over | Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gays

This Is How Undocumented Immigrants Define Immigration Reform

Congress and the White House unveil their comprehensive immigration plans this week, and the hopes of 11 million people hang in the balance. What are their hopes? Are they they optimistic? Anxious? And what’s at stake?

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From Undocumented Pay to Documented Paycheck

What would be the economic impact of putting some 11 million people on the pathway to citizenship? And how does one person who has lived his life on the black market come out of the shadows financially? Carlo Alban starred on Sesame Street for five years, but he did so as an undocumented immigrant.

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The Myths and Realities of the 2008 Financial Crisis

"As long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing." Those were the now-infamous words from Chuck Prince, then the C.E.O. of Citigroup, on July 8, 2007, the eve of the credit crisis. For Alan Blinder, former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board, Prince's quote succinctly explains the problems with the financial and housing markets that led to economic collapse just a few years ago.

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Why Guantánamo Shouldn't Be Closed — Yet

As a Human Rights Watch Advocate and attorney for the Department of Justice, Jennifer Daskal pushed for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to be closed. However, she now thinks that closing the facility immediately may not be the best option. Daskal, now a fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center, explains how her perspective has evolved.

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With Dreamliner Still Grounded, How Much Does Boeing Stand to Lose?

With Boeing's 787 Dreamliner planes still grounded around the world, analysts are asking how much money the company stands to lose. Carol Hymowitz has been covering Boeing for Bloomberg News, where she's the editor-at-large.

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Egypt Boils Over, Again

According to the Egyptian Army chief, Egypt is on the verge of collapse. It's a dire and possibly self-serving assessment, but there's no question that unrest in working class industrial cities such as Port Said is growing. Issandr El Amrani, the Cairo-based author of the Arabist blog, explains.

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Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gays

In an historic shift, the Boy Scouts leadership says they are actively reconsidering their stance on gay members and troop leaders. They could vote on the issue as early as next week. Journalist Scott Leadingham is a longtime Eagle Scout. He is gay, and believes that the Scouts' virtues outweigh the organization's controversial policies.

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