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Friday, August 16, 2013

Thousands of protesters flocked to Cairo's Tahrir Square, Egypt, Nov 22, 2011. People were dead and injured because of tear gas, rubber bullets of riot police. (Hang Dinh/Shutterstock)

Dissecting The Egyptian Division in Cairo & the United States | Drug Crimes and Mandatory Minimums: A Judge's Take | What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be? | New Movie Releases: The Butler, Paranoia, Jobs, Kickass 2 | Report Shows Mass NSA Spying Dates Back to 2008 | Can There Be a Peaceful Path Forward for Egypt?

Dissecting The Egyptian Division in Cairo & the United States

In the wake of the escalating violence in Egypt, it remains to be seen whether the nation can move forward as a unified country. Michael Wahid Hanna is a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who is on the ground in Cairo. He joins us to discuss what's next for each side in the ongoing conflict. Nancy Yousef is an Egyptian-American professor of English at Baruch College, and Sarah McGowan is a 27-year-old Egyptian-American who was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. They join us to give the Egyptian-American impression of the violence.

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Drug Crimes and Mandatory Minimums: A Federal Judge's Take

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and a professor at Harvard Law School, is a longtime critic of mandatory minimum sentences. She  joins The Takeaway to discuss the impact of the sentencing changes.

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What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be?

Attorney General Eric Holder is the 82nd person to hold the title in United States history. But will Holder be remembered best as the man who eased up on drug sentencing, the man who refused to prosecute financial institutions, or will his legacy be marked by other accomplishments or failures? Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and author of “Do as I Say: Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss Holder's accomplishments, failures and his overall legacy.

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New Movie Releases of The Week: The Butler, Paranoia, Jobs, Kickass 2

This week’s big movie releases include the star-packed “Butler,” the biopic/Apple promo “Jobs,” the geeks-spying-on-geeks tech suspense thriller “Paranoia,” and the comic book sequel that swears like a sailor “Kickass 2.” As usual, the Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer weigh in with their thoughts.

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Will Never Search for Planets Again

According to NASA, the Kepler Spacecraft a has identified and calculated the movements of more than 3,500 possible planets, but its search is over due to a malfunction. Matthew Holman is a Smithsonian Astrophysicist and lecturer at Harvard University. He was also a part of the Kepler team. He joins The Takeaway discuss Kepler and whether it will ever search the stars again.

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Can There Be a Peaceful Path Forward for Egypt?

Once more, Egypt is left to reckon with a deposed ruler, an unsettled populace, and now a shocking onslaught of violence that has left scores dead and many more wounded. Hugh Roberts is an Edward Keller professor of North African and Middle Eastern history at Tufts University, and the former director of the International Crisis Group’s North Africa Project. He joins us to discuss whether the country can recover from this level of conflict.

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