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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Senator Wendy Davis garnered national attention after an 11-hour filibuster helped defeat, temporarily, a controversial anti-abortion bill in Texas. (Faith Robbins/flickr)

Critics: Texas Abortion Law Hurts Poor, Latina Women | Yankees' A-Rod, 12 Other Players Receive MLB Suspensions | Trial Begins for Fort Hood Army Base Shooting | Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity | Washington Post Sale: The End of a Family Dynasty? | A Journey From Mythology to Reality: The Impacts of PTSD on Identity

Critics: Texas Abortion Law Hurts Poor, Latina Women

Opponents of a controversial new Texas abortion measure, like Lillian Ortiz, a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, says the law disproportionately affects poor women, especially Latinas. But Texas State Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican from Dallas, supported the measure and says there is no basis behind the argument that Texas' law disproportionately affects poor women, and particularly those of color.

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Yankees' A-Rod, 12 Other Players Receive MLB Suspensions

Yesterday, 12 players involved in the Biogenesis scandal each agreed to a 50-game suspension. Alex Rodriguez received a harsher penalty, banning him through the 2014 season, though he plans to appeal the 211-game suspension. Under league rules, he is allowed to play until an arbitrator decides the case. Jay Goldberg spent 15 years as a sports agent. He joins us to break down the consequences of the suspension for A-Rod, the MLB, and baseball fans.

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Messy Desks a Sign of Creativity

It's thought that Albert Einsten once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Well, Einstein’s endorsement of the cluttered desk now has the backing of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. Ryan Rahinel is the author of a new study on orderliness, decision-making and creativity. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his findings about messy desks and the research behind it.

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Washington Post Sale: The End of a Family Dynasty?

The Washington Post announced on Monday that is selling ownership of the paper to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million. The Graham family has owned control and editorial leadership of the Post for the last 80 years. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, political features writer for our partner The New York Times, says she was floored when she heard the news. Today Stolberg joins us to talk about the sale of a family dynasty.

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Trial Begins for Fort Hood Army Base Shooting Suspect

Four years ago this November, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on soldiers at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring many more. Today, Major Hasan’s trial begins. The Army has already spent more than $5 million on the case. But there are other reasons why this case is unprecedented. Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor and defense lawyer and a professor at the South Texas College of Law, explains.

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A Journey From Mythology to Reality: The Impacts of PTSD on Identity

This week we're exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for many, PTSD is about identity. For screenwriter Matt Cook, his identity changed after the 9/11 attacks, after serving in the war in Iraq and then going back to the battlefield as a civilian. He recently wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan for Texas Monthy magazine, which showcases a journey from movie mythology to his own grim reality.

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