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Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Georgia Guidestones, occasionally referred to as "American Stonehenge," October 12, 2011 in Elbert, GA. The inscription is of 10 principles in 8 different langauges. (Sean Pavone Photo/Shutterstock)

Boehner Bows to Pressure From Right as Shutdown Looms | Major Companies Change Health Plans in Anticipation of ACA Roll Out | Fed Shocks with Move to Hold Bond-Buying Program Intact | Can Georgia's Mysterious Monument Help the Local Economy? | Here's What Happens When You Take on the NRA: You Lose | The Doctor Will See (All Of) You Now

Boehner Bows to Pressure From Conservatives as Government Shutdown Looms

House Speaker John Boehner agreed to a plan that would force funding for Affordable Care Act to be delayed for one year in exchange for a one-year increase in the debt ceiling. It's a deal that stands no chance of passing the Senate, and Speaker Boehner knows it could mean we're heading towards a shutdown. Joining us to explain what may happen next on Capitol Hill is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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Here's What Happens When You Take on the NRA: You Lose

It is uncertain if the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard will revive the debate about tougher gun control measures. Some states have passed stricter firearms laws, but a recent recall election in Colorado backed by the NRA demonstrates the political risks associated with supporting stronger gun laws. The Takeaway talks with one of the Colorado state legislators unseated in the recall election, Colorado Senate President John Morse.

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Major Companies Change Health Plans in Anticipation of ACA Roll Out

Drugstore giant Walmart announced this week that it will provide payments to eligible employees to purchase insurance on a private health insurance marketplace. Ezekiel Emanuel is the former Obama administration adviser on health care. He explains how and why more and more companies are transforming their health plans as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

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Federal Reserve Shocks with Move to Hold Bond-Buying Program Intact

In a major surprise to investors yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced a recommendation to leave the bond buying stimulus program intact. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the Fed's decision is Sheila Bair, the former chairwoman of the F.D.I.C. and author of "Bull By the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself."

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Can Georgia's Mysterious Monument Help the Local Economy?

Just 90 minutes outside Atlanta, the town of Elberton, GA is home to a mysterious monument: The Georgia Guidestones. The stones consist of two massive granite slabs weighing more than 100 tons, engraved with a few words of advice: Guidelines in eight languages for how to rebuild society after a nuclear attack. Mart Clamp helped his father engrave the stones more than three decades ago. He's hoping to use them to revitalize Elberton’s flagging economy.

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Iran's New Leaders May Be Ready for Nuclear Compromise

Next week could open a new chapter in the history of the United States and Iran—there are tentative signs of a possible sea change in Iran with newly elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Iran's repositioning has caused some skepticism from the West, but joining us to explain the significance of the country's charm offensive is Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for our partner The New York Times.

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The Doctor Will See (All Of) You Now

To increase efficiency, physicians are increasingly scheduling multi-patient appointments.

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