Today's Takeaway | March 1, 2013

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, hold a news conference at the U.S Capitol on the eve of the budget sequester. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Braces for Sequestration | Congressman Tom Cole on Why the Violence Against Women Act Divided the House G.O.P. | Diet Advice Abounds, But Are We Getting Healthier? | New Movie Releases: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom' | Toxic Waste Site Leaking, While Clean Up Efforts Threaten to Stall Under Sequester | Is Gridlock in Washington the New Norm?

Washington Braces for Sequestration

Today's deadline for a deal on the sequester is expected to come and go without an agreement between Congress and President Obama. Todd Zwillich spoke to some small business owners in Washington, D.C., where cuts are felt particularly hard.

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Why the Violence Against Women Act Divided the House G.O.P.

After months of stalling on Capitol Hill the House has passed the Violence Against Women Act. President Obama has said he will sign it. Tom Cole is a Republican Congressman and a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He voted in favor of the Senate version of the bill.

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Diet Advice Abounds, But Are We Getting Healthier?

Even if you're relatively secure about your health and waistline, it's been impossible to completely miss the buzz around the major diet trends of recent years. But is all this nutrition advice actually making us healthier?

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New Movie Releases: '21 and Over,' 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Phantom'

This weekend, three very different movies hit the big screen: "21 and Over" is the latest offering from the writers of "The Hangover." "Jack the Giant Slayer" is a modern-retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk." And "Phantom" is a Cold War thriller.

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Sequester Causes Problems for Toxic Waste Cleanup

Six underground radioactive waste tanks at Washington’s Hanford Nuclear reservation are leaking. The tanks hold highly radioactive waste, produced over decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons.

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Are Manufactured Crises the New Norm?

Two seasoned D.C. watchers join The Takeaway to discuss federal money management in the days ahead. Andrea Seabrook hosts the DecodeDC podcast, and Todd Zwillich is the Takeaway Washington correspondent.

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