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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Proposals & Threats, But No Answers for Syria | Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens as U.S. Deliberates Action | Missouri Moves One Step Closer to Nullifying All Federal Gun Laws | The Quest to Save AM Radio | New Super Camera Seeks Answers to the Mystery of Dark Energy | Recruiting & Retaining Women at the Top

How Will the U.S. Navigate the Syria Puzzle?

Earlier today, France said it would put forth a proposal that would secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles in the form of a binding U.N. resolution. But that's not something Russia would support. To see how President Obama may navigate the Syria puzzle, we're joined now by Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President George W. Bush.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens as U.S. Deliberates Action

As President Barack Obama and politicians on both sides of the aisle debate whether to intervene in Syria, the humanitarian crisis in the region continues to grow. More than two million Syrian refugees have now fled their home country for neighboring Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon. Dr. Hammam Akbik is a Syrian-American working with refugees near the capital of Ammam, Jordan.

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Proposals & Threats, But No Answers for Syria

Tonight President Barack Obama will make his case for U.S. intervention in Syria. The speech follows a week of ramped-up pressure for support of the President’s measure. Joining The Takeaway to explain how the U.S. may navigate the Syria puzzle is Jeremy Shapiro, a former advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on North Africa and Syria and now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Missouri Moves One Step Closer to Nullifying All Federal Gun Laws

In May, Missouri's state legislature passed a bill that would nullify all federal gun laws, which Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed. But on Wednesday, the legislature convenes again—and it looks like there are enough votes to override that veto. Republican Representative Jay Barnes voted against the bill in May. He joins The Takeaway to discuss why he voted against it and the consequences it could have if passed.

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The Quest to Save AM Radio

As late as 1978, half of all radio listeners tuned in to the AM dial. But by 2011, AM listeners had fallen to just 15 percent of total listeners, an average of 3.1 million people. These days, consumer electronic devices often interfere with AM signals, causing static and other interruptions. Some say we should let the AM frequency die, but Ajit Pai, the lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, is on a mission to save the AM signal. 

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Why is the Expansion of the Universe Accelerating?

What if you could see a movie of cosmic history? Amazingly, a collaboration of research institutes and universities have begun to do just that. The project is called the Dark Energy Survey and it is employing the use of a giant digital camera to snap pictures of far out galaxies and exploding stars. Joshua Frieman is director of the Dark Energy Survey and a scientist at Fermilab. He's also a professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.

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Recruiting & Retaining Women at the Top

Back in the late 1960s, when the first female traders were allowed on the floor of Wall Street, they were treated more like the butts of jokes than like trailblazers. Today, the finance and business sectors have come a long way, but they still struggle to put women in the ranks, or keep them there. Malli Gero and Rachel Sklar are two people who are trying to change that.

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