Today's Takeaway | March 7, 2013

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Arms Flow as Crisis in Syria Worsens | Growing Sense of Emergency As Syrian Refugee Population Hits 1 Million | Rand Paul's 13-Hour Filibuster | Arkansas Passes Country's Most Restrictive Ban on Abortion | North Korea Threatens Preemptive Nuclear Strike |Can a Math Museum Remedy 'Math Anxiety'?

Arms Flow as Crisis in Syria Worsens

The conflict in Syria continues to escalate on all fronts, as the number of refugees reaches a record high and food, medical, and military aid flow into the country in an effort to control the violence. Lara Setrakian, a journalist and the founder of the Syria Deeply news website, joins us now.


Growing Sense of Emergency As Syrian Refugee Population Hits 1 Million

There is a growing sense of emergency about the Syrian refugees who continue to pour into neighboring countries. According to UN estimates, the number of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq, could soon reach 1 million. Nancy Lindborg has seen the needs of Syrian refugees firsthand. Earlier this year, the USAID Assistant Administrator, traveled to refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan to learn more about the crisis and the problems facing the refugees.


Arkansas Passes Country's Most Restrictive Ban on Abortion

On Wednesday, Arkansas passed into law the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion to date. The ruling denies women the right to an abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, setting a term limit that is 12 weeks earlier than the limit established by Supreme Court decisions. Jason Rapert, Republican Arkansas State Senator sponsored the bill.  State Representative Greg Leding, an Arkansas Democrat and House Minority Leader, opposed it.

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North Korea Threatens Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

Reacting to the prospect of more UN sanctions, North Korea is, for the first time, threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea -- an attack that would turn Washington and Seoul into "a sea in flames." Charles Armstrong, director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University explains what's behind these threats and how the international community should respond.

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Can a Math Museum Remedy 'Math Anxiety'?

It may not surprise you to learn that American students dread math. But it might surprise you to learn just how young students are when math anxiety kicks in. New research from New York University suggests students start fearing math as early as first grade.  Dr. Rose Vukovic is a professor of teaching and learning at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where she's studying this problem.


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Rand Paul's 13-Hour Filibuster

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky launched a filibuster to attempt to block the nomination of John Brennan to head up the CIA -- talking for 13 hours straight.  He took to the Senate floor to call attention to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder which stated that drone strikes on American could be a possibility in the future. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent puts Paul's filibuster in context.

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Assessing America's Counterinsurgency in Iraq

This month marks 10 years since the start of the American war in Iraq. In military operations alone, the war totaled over $800 billion and largely defined by America's counterinsurgency efforts in the region. General David Petraeus, who led American military operations in Iraq, was the main proponent of the ...