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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sen. Angus King Urges Capitol Hill to Come Together | Bombs Leave Dozens Dead at Iranian Embassy in Beirut | Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries | Midwest Storms Leave Behind Path of Destruction | The Future of Pharmacies & Lethal Injections in Missouri | Learning About Life from"Time of Death" | The Unfinished Work of the Gettysburg Address

Senator Angus King Urges Capitol Hill to Come Together

On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans are struggling to find common ground over the budget, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act. But Angus King, an Independent Senator from Maine, is trying to heal the breach by taking the middle road in partisan battles. Senator King joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how Congress should come together on the budget battle, NSA revelations, and the Affordable Care Act.

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Bombs Leave Dozens Dead at Embassy in Beirut

Dozens are reported dead in a double bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Right now it is thought that Iran is being targeted for its support of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Reports suggest one of the blasts was caused by a suicide bomber and the other by a car bomb. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anne Barnard, Beirut Bureau Chief for our partner The New York Times.

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Selfie Named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Selfie has been named by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2013 Word of the Year. Though selfies have gotten a bad rap as the crowning achievement of a narcissistic self-absorbed, self-obsessed youth culture, writer Casey Cep says young people today didn't actually invent the selfie—today’s cropped, filtered and instantly shared selfies in fact stem from a long, rich tradition of self-portraiture. Before we dismiss the selfie, she argues we should consider all that it has to offer.

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Midwest Storms Leave Behind Path of Destruction

A powerful storm system of tornadoes, heavy winds, and rain tore through 12 states across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least eight people dead. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declared a state of disaster in several counties, and hundreds of thousands are still without power. Rescue workers are now assessing the full damage of the storm, which destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Joining us from Peoria Public radio is Alex Rusciano. He gives us an update on the recovery efforts underway.

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The Future of Pharmacies & Lethal Injections in Missouri

The State of Missouri has a controversial new protocol for executions, put in place only last month, and about to be put into practice for the first time this week. It is now illegal for the state to name the manufacturer, supplier, or compounding pharmacy who is selling the execution drug to the state. Political reporter Chris McDaniel has been covering the controversy for St. Louis Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest developments surrounding the death penalty in Missouri.

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Learning About Life from"Time of Death"

"Time of Death" is a new Showtime series that follows eight people as they succumb to terminal diseases, making visible the most painful moments of the dying as they confront the last months, days, and minutes of their lives. But creator and co-executive producer Miggi Hood says each episode is as much about life as it is about death. Hood joins The Takeaway to discuss how the series was conceived.

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The Unfinished Work of the Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in our nation's history. But looking back on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we must ask if the nation is living up to the ideals set forth by Abraham Lincoln. Are we a union? Or just as troubled and divided as a nation at war? Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University, historian and author of "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War," explains what unfinished work remains 150 years after the Gettysburg Address.

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Al Gamow

"Selfie" is short for "narcissus."

Nov. 19 2013 03:48 PM
Tom Moore from Fort Worth, TX

In my opinion, we now live in a newly divide nation, conservative versus liberal. Both groups are so extreme, I feel the future of our national cohesiveness and freedoms are now under serious threat.

Nov. 19 2013 10:25 AM

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