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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Astronaut Dave Wolf performing a spacewalk on the Endeavour in July, 2009. Astronaut Dave Wolf performing a spacewalk on the Endeavour in July, 2009. (NASA)

President Obama Apologizes to French and German Leaders Over Surveillance Concerns | White House to Delay ACA Insurance Enrollment Requirement by Six Weeks | Problems With ACA Exchanges Highlight Government's I.T. Obstacles | NASA Tools of Yesteryear May Be The Key to Tomorrow's Innovations | When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games | 'Genetic Republican' John G. Taft on the Future of the GOP

President Obama Apologizes to French and German Leaders Over Surveillance Concerns

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel received intelligence from her government that her phone was under surveillance, President Obama called Chancellor Merkel and reassured her that her phone was not being tapped. That conversation came just a few days after he had to offer similar reassurances to French President François Hollande. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins the Takeaway to discuss this latest diplomatic riff.

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White House Delays ACA Insurance Enrollment Requirement by Six Weeks

Because of technical issues with HealthCare.gov, consumers will now have a little more time to enroll in an insurance program. The White House announced last night that people have an extra six weeks to enroll in a program through the exchanges, pushing the deadline to March 31st. Joining The Takeaway to explain the decision to postpone the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich

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Problems With Healthcare Exchanges Highlight Government's I.T. Obstacles

The Obama administration says it is bringing in the big guns to resolve the issues with HealthCare.gov: Silicon Valley. Clay Johnson, a Presidential Innovation Fellow who now heads a tech start-up called the Department of Better Technology, explains why the site's malfunction is a sign of larger problems the federal government faces when it comes to I.T.

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NASA Tools of Yesteryear May Be The Key to Tomorrow's Innovations

NASA's latest effort to explore new frontiers and technologies is starting by looking to the past.  In a partnership with tech start-up Marblar, NASA is sharing 40 patents in an effort to crowdsource ideas for new uses for the patents. The Takeaway is joined by Daniel Perez, CEO of Marblar, to tell us more about this new initiative. 

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When Quantum Physics Meets Video Games

A group of scientists, gamers, and of course, folks from Google may have found a way to make the popular world-building game, Minecraft, into a tool for teaching quantum physics. Joining The Takeaway is Joel Levin, cofounder of TeacherGaming and creator MinecraftEdu, which produces the educational version of Minecraft that has already entered schools worldwide.

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Memos Reveal Pakistani Officials Secretly Endorsed Drone Strikes

For years Pakistani officials have denounced the U.S. drone program in Pakistan. But the Washington Post obtained diplomatic memos demonstrating that Pakistani officials secretly endorsed the U.S. drone program in their country. Joining The Takeaway to discuss these revelations is Akbar Ahmed, Chair of the Islamic Studies at American University and Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the U.K.

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'Genetic Republican' John G. Taft on the Future of the GOP

The Tea Party and its allies may have propelled the Republicans to victory in the 2010 midterm elections, but John G. Taft, great-grandson of 27th President William Howard Taft, is worried about the state of the GOP in the wake of the government shutdown. Taft, the author of "Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street" and CEO of RBC Management USA, examines the GOP's past and present, and shares his hopes for the party's future.

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