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Friday, October 11, 2013

3rd Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention. This is a painting by an Iranian chemical weapons victim. (OPCW/flickr)

House Inches Toward Debt Ceiling Compromise | Nobel Prize Awarded to Chemical Weapons Watchdog | U.S. Aid to Egypt: A Tricky Triangle with Israel | New Movie Releases: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills' | Chief Mate Shane Murphy Shares His Take on "Captain Phillips" | What Happens When 90% of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is Furloughed? | Senate Chaplain Preaches Compromise During Shutdown

House Inches Toward Debt Ceiling Compromise

It’s day 11, and there finally seems to be a breakthrough in the impasse in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner pitched a short term debt-cap increase yesterday, an offer that could come to a vote in the Capitol today. Joining The Takeaway to weigh in on the federal debt crisis is Mark Patterson, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Chief of Staff at the Treasury Department from 2009 until May of this year.

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HRW: Hundreds of Civilians Caught in Line of Fire by Syrian Rebels

A new report released today by Human Rights Watch shows that hundreds of civilians have been caught in the line of fire by Syrian Rebels. Armed opposition groups in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages during a military offensive that began in rural Latakia governorate on August 4, 2013, according to the report. Joining us to discuss this report and what it means for the Syrian civil war is Lara Setrakian, founder of Syria Deeply.


2013 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Chemical Weapons Watchdog

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). "Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons," a statement from the Nobel Committee says. Joining us to weigh in on the decision, and the remaining work to be done by in the region, is David Kay, a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

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U.S. Aid to Egypt: A Tricky Triangle with Israel

This week, the Obama Administration announced that the U.S. would freeze some of its aid to Egypt, withholding several pieces of weaponry and $260 million in aid. The country has depended on American aid for 35 years, ever since Egypt signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel and the U.S. in September 1978. Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel Daniel Kurtzer examines how U.S. suspension of aid to Egypt will affect the country's relationship with Israel and the U.S. 


New Movie Releases of The Week: 'Captain Phillips' and 'Machete Kills'

This week, two big releases allow movie lovers to enjoy real and fictional heroes and villains. For reality lovers, there's "Captain Phillips" and for lovers of fiction, there's "Machete Kills." Our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer—weighs in with their thoughts. In addition to co-hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.

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Chief Mate Shane Murphy Shares His Take on "Captain Phillips"

This weekend’s big film release celebrates the heroism of Captain Richard Phillips, who commandeered the Maersk Alabama in 2009—until it was invaded by armed Somali pirates. During the attack, Captain Phillips was kidnapped and held hostage. His second in command, Chief Mate Shane Murphy, was forced to take over as Master of the Maersk Alabama. The real Captain Murphy shares his side of the story and his thoughts on the new film, "Captain Phillips."

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Senate Chaplain Preaches Compromise, Forgiveness During Shutdown

As Congress negotiates with President Barack Obama, and thousands of furloughed federal workers anxiously await a return to the office, Senate Chaplain Barry Black counsels compromise and compassion to his lawmaking flock. Today on The Takeaway, Senate Chaplain Black explores the role of faith in Congress, and discusses the federal shutdown.

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