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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeilus testifying before the House Energy & Commerce Committee. October 30, 2013 (CSPAN/Twitter)

Rep. Alan Grayson: Congress Does Not Trust the NSA | After Shutdown Fiasco, What's Next for the G.O.P.?| GOP Struggles in Big City Politics | 26 Palestinian Prisoners Released by Israel | Listeners Respond: Your Favorite Scary Halloween Stories | Blood: A Social and Scientific History | Tribal America and Moral Decision-Making

Obama's Top Health Official Apologizes For ACA Website 'Debacle'

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is on Capitol Hill today answering questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “I apologize. I am accountable to you for fixing these problems And I'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site," she said. "Hold me accountable for the debacle. I'm responsible." Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is on the ground in D.C. to give us the latest on the hearings.

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Rep. Alan Grayson: Congress Doesn't Trust the NSA

President Obama wasn't aware of many of the NSA's surveillance activities, like the one that monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the The Washington PostRep. Alan Grayson, Democrat from Florida’s 9th district, argues that he and his colleagues are kept in the dark by the intelligence community, as well. He says that as a result, America's democracy is at risk.

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After Shutdown Fiasco, What's Next for the G.O.P.?

In a speech delivered at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed the question: "What's next for Conservatives?" It's a pertinent question, as GOP poll numbers have tanked following the government shutdown earlier this month. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent explains where the GOP stands.

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GOP Struggles in Big City Politics

Mayoral races are heating up across the country, but for the GOP in big cities, the future isn't as bright. On a list of the U.S.’s largest cities, you have to go down to number 13, Indianapolis, before you find the first Republican mayor. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the urban GOP mayoral void is Mayor Scott Smith, Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Sarah Burd- Sharps, codirector of Measure of America, weighs in on the shifting demographics of big cities nationwide.

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Listeners Respond: Your Favorite Scary Halloween Stories

Takeaway listeners share scary Halloween stories from their childhood, and  R.L. Stine, the author of several scary series for children, including  "Goosebumps," describes one particularly frightful Halloween from his childhood. What's your scary Halloween story? Leave a comment, give us a call at 1-877-869-8253, or record your own message using your computer right here.

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Blood: A Social and Scientific History

Author Lawrence Hill's new book, “Blood: The Stuff of Life," examines the bodily fluid through its social and scientific history highlighting the power we ascribe to blood and our evolving understanding of it. The book begins with a gory story of Hill seeing his own blood for the first time as a child.

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Tribal America and Moral Decision-Making

Joshua Greene, author of “Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them,” joins The Takeaway to discuss how our collective groupings affect the moral decisions we make.

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26 Palestinian Prisoners Released by Israel

Today 26 Palestinian prisoners received a heroes welcome in the West Bank and Gaza after being released by Israel. In total, 104 prisoners are due to be released as part of a deal brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry. Diana Buttu, a Palestian human rights attorney, joins The Takeaway to discuss the prisoner release.

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