The I.R.S. Scandal, Predatory Coaches in USA Swimming, The Real Threat of Killer Robots

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Was the I.R.S. Correct to Flag Certain Organizations for Additional Review? | Your Oldest Gadgets | Fighting the Real Threat of Killer Robots | High Tech Tools and the Hunt for the Boston Bombers | Young Athletes & Predatory Coaches in USA Swimming

Was the I.R.S. Correct to Flag Certain Organizations for Additional Review?

Was the I.R.S. correct to flag certain organizations applying for tax-exempt status for additional review? New analysis from The New York Times finds that in many cases groups singled out by the I.R.S. may in fact have been involved in “improper campaign activities.”  So how, under ordinary circumstances, does the agency go about trying to check-up on organizations that apply for tax-exempt status? As the former director of the I.R.S.’s Exempt Organizations Division, Marcus Owens has a few ideas about what the organization is supposed to do to ordinarily handle these kinds of cases.

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New Report: Women are Increasingly Breadwinners

A new report by the Pew Research Center finds that 40 percent of households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who provide the sole or primary source of income for the family. In 1960, that figure was 11 percent. Bryce Covert is the Economic Policy Editor at ThinkProgress. She breaks down the Pew Research Center's findings.

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Currency Exchange Accused of Laundering $6 Billion

Federal prosecutors have now charged seven people with running what could turn out to be the largest money-laundering operation in U.S. history. The case revolves around an online payment company called Liberty Reserve. Investigators say, it laundered $6 billion for criminals around the world, including drug dealers, credit card fraudsters, and child pornographers. Jeffrey Robinson is the author of "The Laundrymen" and is known as one of the world's leading experts on international financial crime.

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Your Oldest Gadgets

In praise of old gadgets! We live in a world where new technology is celebrated, but some of us still can’t let go of our 8-track players and Walkmans, including Takeaway listeners who share the old-timey gadgets they still love and use.

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Fighting the Real Threat of Killer Robots

They may sound like the stuff of campy horror films, but killer robots are a real threat, and an international community of scholars and NGOs is trying to stop them. Mark Bishop, of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, is among them.

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High Tech Tools and the Hunt for the Boston Bombers

In a new NOVA documentary, "Manhunt-Boston Bombers", producer Miles O’Brien examines the high tech tools used by law enforcement officials, combined with solid detective work, to find the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Young Athletes & Predatory Coaches in USA Swimming

The issue of rampant sexual abuse within the military has been back in the headlines in recent weeks, but a similar story of abuse within a big American institution is getting less play in the news. Just last week former USA Swimming coach Rick Curl was convicted of sexually abusing Kelly Currin, one of his swimmers. Currin alleges that officials within U.S. swimming knew about the abuse and did nothing. Katherine Starr, Olympic Swimmer and Founder and President of Safe4Athletes, weighs in.

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