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Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Putin's Open Letter to America | U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance | Five Years After the Collapse, The Debate Over Financial Regulation Rages On | For Rep. Sanchez, Questions on Syria Remain | Family Planning: Challenges & Choices in Africa | Fears of Global Population Boom Overblown | Solutions for Curbing the Shadow Government

Putin's Open Letter to America

In an op-ed published yesterday in The New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke directly to the American people. Putin argues that a U.S. strike could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance. The statement maintains Putin's high profile in this controversy as the U.N. begins to put together a resolution that could control and destroy Syrian chemical weapons. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the op-ed piece is Steven Lee Myers, Moscow Bureau Chief, for our partner The New York Times.

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U.N. is Tested as Syria's Fate Hangs in the Balance

Is it possible to make the U.N. work as Secretary Kerry and his Russian counterpart meet in Geneva? Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, says we should not lose sight of how to bring the civil war to an end in Syria, and that trying to get a resolution on chemical weapons through the United Nations Security Council is an exercise in futility.

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Five Years After the Collapse, The Debate Over Financial Regulation Rages On

Some say we've turned a corner since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and that the financial industry is able to prevent another crash like the one suffered in 2008. But others, like Jeff Connaughton, aren't so sure that enough has been done. Connaughton is a former lobbyist, White House lawyer and Senate aide. He’s the author of “The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins.”

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For Rep. Sanchez, Questions on Syria Remain

Members of Congress returned to work on Wednesday, and though President Obama called off a vote on military action, questions remain over exactly how and when a diplomatic resolution may unfold. Joining The Takeaway is Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who represents California’s 46th district and is the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

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Family Planning: Challenges & Choices in Africa

Anders Kelto, Africa Correspondent for The World, shares a glimpse of the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to family planning. Those issues range from getting men to participate in the conversation to tackling infertility. Kelto's three-part series "Family Choices: Fertility and Infertility in Africa" recently aired on The World.

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Fears of Global Population Boom Overblown

According to a United Nations estimate, the global population is expected to balloon to 10 billion by the year 2100, which has naturally caused people to worry. But not everyone is buying it. Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and the author of “Population 10 Billion.” He says these fears are overblown and that we shouldn't be panicking. 

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Solutions for Curbing the Shadow Government

What if you knew that the government had a massive secret master plan outlining its response to a series of improbable disasters? William Arkin is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and the author of the new book "American Coup: How a Terrified Government is Destroying the Constitution." In this latest work he argues that secret American programs could be destroying American democracy in the name of saving it.

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