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Monday, December 02, 2013

A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty)

HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed | A Look at the New Politics of Obamacare | Tensions Rise Between South Korea, China & Japan | Subprime Auto Loans: The Next Bubble to Burst? | Retro Report: The Making of ‘Three Strikes’ Laws | Terror Watch Lists Brand Hundreds of Thousands | Can French Troops Tackle Violence in Central African Republic?

HealthCare.Gov Site Picks Up Speed

HealthCare.gov can reportedly now handle 800,000 users a day. But with Americans rushing to meet the December 23rd enrollment deadline in order to get coverage by January 1st, administration officials admit the site might become overloaded. Congresswoman Diana DeGette, a Democrat representing Colorado’s 1st district, is among those who have been concerned.

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A Look at the New Politics of Obamacare

Now that the deadline has passed for the HealthCare.gov site to be fixed, how are the GOP and Democrats realigning themselves on the battle to dismantle or save the Affordable Care Act? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following this story and joins The Takeaway to explain how the politics of Obamacare looks going forward.

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Tensions Rise Between South Korea, China & Japan

Last week, China flexed its muscles by unexpectedly declaring an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, which touches South Korea and Japan. Now tensions are rising between the nations amid this territorial dispute. Joining us today to discuss what this dispute actually signifies is James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine who has reported on China extensively.

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Subprime Auto Loans: The Next Bubble to Burst?

Subprime auto loans are helping to drive the highest rate of new car sales since 2007. But just like the subprime loans that drove the housing bubble collapse before the recession, these loans can cause trouble for consumers and the economy in general. Chris Kukla, senior vice president at the Center for Responsible Lending, joins The Takeaway to lay out the situation.

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Retro Report: The Making of ‘Three Strikes’ Laws

This week our friends at the Retro Report documentary team take us back to 1992 when Kimber Reynolds, the 18-year-old daughter of Fresno wedding photographer Mike Reynolds, was brutally killed in a robbery. Kimber's death prompted the passage of "Three Strikes" legislation. Karen Sughrue, Retro Report producer, joins The Takeaway.

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Terror Watch Lists Brand Hundreds of Thousands

There are at least 700,000 people on the U.S. terror watch list. For the many individuals it can be nearly impossible to challenge the designation. It's a watch list that very few people are actually watching. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Anya Bernstein, associated professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists.”

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Can French Troops Tackle Violence in Central African Republic?

In the coming weeks, about 1,000 French soldiers will be taking up new posts in the Central African Republic (CAR). The French government says the violence currently being witnessed in CAR borders on genocide. Hannah McNeish, a freelance journalist just back from the Central African Republic, gives us an update on the sectarian conflict. Author Samuel Laurent is an expert on the lasting legacy of French colonial Africa and critical about his country's response to the crisis.

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