SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change, Space Bacteria, Business Tips From Trappist Monks

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change | Business Tips From Trappist Monks | NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge | The Evolving Immigration Bill | Foreign Press Coverage of Mandela's Health Raises Concerns | Employment Discrimination and Sexual Orientation

SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change

It may be hard to believe, but just one month ago, the United States was a very different place to live. There were historic Supreme Court decisions out on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage, but there were also other decisions issued that some may have missed. Contributing their thoughts are Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, Farai Chideya, distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute, and Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, and President of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.


Employment Discrimination and Sexual Orientation: The Next Battle?

After yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), married same-sex couples became entitled to recognition in the 12 states that currently allow gay marriages. But there was another issue the ruling did not touch—discrimination against gay individuals in the workplace. Senator Richard Blumenthal is on The Takeaway to explain why he sponsored this bill, and how the Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA affects its future.


NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA has issued a new initiative called the “Asteroid Grand Challenge" that hopes to put government agencies and academics together with the public to figure out how to capture an asteroid and “lasso” it into the moon’s orbit for study. Could you be the next citizen scientist? Dr. Denton Ebel, Chair and Curator for the Division of Physical Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History, explains how this program might work.

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The Evolving Immigration Bill

The latest battle in immigration reform, it seems, is coming from an effort to possibly expand the U.S. database known as E-Verify, which is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their current and future employees to work in the United States. If expanded, however, this requirement could affect every American who takes a new job in the future. Joining The Takeaway to discuss this is Elise Foley, politics and immigration reporter for the Huffington Post.


Foreign Press Coverage of Mandela's Health Raises Concerns

South Africans around the country are praying for Nelson Mandela's health. Though Johannesburg has become a place for prayer and reflection, it's also as a press hub for scores of international journalists. And the media stir over Mandela's health is causing some angst in the country. Declan Walsh, reporter for our partner The New York Times is in Johannesburg, reporting on the mood there in what could be Nelson Mandela's final days.


Business Tips From Trappist Monks

August Turak had a corporate career with companies like MTV. He founded two highly successful software businesses. But he attributes much of his success to living and working alongside Trappist monks for 17 years. He's tells The Takeaway why we should pay closer attention the motivation behind our work and the business skills you can learn from Trappist monks.

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