Report Provides Details of Bin Laden's Life on the Run, House G.O.P. Holds Closed-Door Meeting to Discuss Immigration, Should the U.S. Be Doing More in Egypt?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Report Provides Details of Bin Laden's Life on the Run | House G.O.P. Holds Closed-Door Meeting to Discuss Immigration | Should the U.S. Be Doing More in Egypt? | The Super-Rich Look to Cultivate the Serengeti of Montana | Introducing Air-Purifying Pavement | Do The Positions of Obama's FBI Nominee Deserve More Scrutiny? | How to Swear Like Shakespeare 

To Maintain Influence, Should the U.S. Be Doing More in Egypt?

Saudi Arabia and Qatar have offered large financial aid packages in a move to stabilize the uncertain interim government there in Egypt—and it sends a strong signal of influence in the region. The United States is waiting, but should it be doing more? And behind the scenes, is it doing more? P.J. Crowley, a former Department of State spokesperson, joins The Takeaway to discuss what kind of diplomacy could be happening behind closed doors. He’s currently professor at George Washington University.

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House G.O.P. Holds Closed-Door Meeting to Discuss Fate of Immigration Overhaul

Last month, the Senate passed a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and passed it on to the House of Representatives. Today House Republicans will hold a closed-door meeting to discuss their own bill. U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold is a Republican representing Texas’s 27th district, which is 49 percent Hispanic. Congressman Farenthold joins us to discuss the major points of this closed-door meeting.

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Leaked Report Provides Details of Bin Laden's Life on the Run

A leaked Pakistani government report reveals what Pakistan did and did not know about Osama Bin Laden, and provides details of Bin Laden's life on the run. Akbar Ahmed is the chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the report and what it could mean on a larger scale.

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Introducing Air-Purifying Pavement

What if a city's concrete roadways doubled as an air freshener? That's the dream of a group of Dutch scientists who have developed a product they describe as "air-purifying pavement." Jos Brouwers, Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology is part of the team of working on this technology. He tells The Takeaway how the ground we walk on could help clean the air we breath.

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The Super-Rich Look to Cultivate the Serengeti of Montana

Since its inception, American Prairie Reserve has raised $60 million from well-known, ultra-rich donors in an effort to create a national park in Montana that would be about the size of the state of Connecticut, exceeding Yellowstone by a million acres. Pete Geddes is one of the managing directors of the American Prairie Reserve. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the group's efforts and how this privately-backed nature sanctuary would function.

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Do The Positions of Obama's FBI Nominee Deserve More Scrutiny?

The legality of waterboarding, the role of state-sponsored surveillance and the importance of whistle-blowers—those were just a few of the major questions thrown at James Comey before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey is President Obama's pick to lead the FBI. Former FBI Agent and Division Counsel Coleen Rowley thinks some of Comey's past positions deserve more scrutiny. 

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How To Swear Like Shakespeare

Does swearing betray a lack of education and class on the part of its speaker? Anya Saffir doesn’t think so. A Shakespeare director and faculty of the Atlantic Acting School, she says there’s no shortage of class, creativity, and wit in well-used profanity. And we need look no further than the Bard himself for proof of that.

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