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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela leaves the InterContinental Hotel after a photoshoot with celebrity photographer Terry O'Neil on June 26, 2008 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty)

Carrying Forward Mandela's Legacy | The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A. | How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have? | Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill | Ukraine & The Significance of a Statue | The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences | The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Obama & Raul Castro Shake Hands

Call it the handshake heard around the world—during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Cuba's President Raúl Castro was in a meet-and-greet line of world leaders and President Obama shook his hand. Many conservatives in the U.S. reacted quickly and harshly to the handshake. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to react to the meeting between the two leaders.

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Carrying Forward Mandela's Legacy

Today leaders from around the world converged on South Africa to pay their final respects to Nelson Mandela. "After this great liberator is laid to rest, when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength—for his largeness of spirit—somewhere inside ourselves,” President Barack Obama said during the ceremony. As we remember Madiba, The Takeaway is asking you how America can carry forward the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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The Battle for the Future of the N.S.A.

Revelations by former N.S.A. contractor Edward Snowden have set of a fierce debate over national security and personal privacy, and the debate has become particularly intense for the Senate Intelligence Committee itself. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, discusses the past, present and possible future of the N.S.A. in his piece that appears in the latest issue of the magazine.

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How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have?

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case Environmental Protection Agency vs. EME Homer City Generation. At the heart of the case is the question of who has the power to act on issues of controlling environmental hazards. Jeff Holmstead is a former assistant administrator for the E.P.A. who is now an attorney with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani. While the Obama Administration defends the E.P.A.'s right to regulation, Holmstead disagrees. 

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Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill

The House and Senate have come to a compromise on a bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep Guantanamo Bay open. The measure is the first change to laws governing sexual assault in the military in years. There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported in the first three quarters of this fiscal year—a nearly 50 percent increase. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the ins and outs of this deal.

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Ukraine & The Significance of a Statue

On Sunday Ukrainian protesters toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kiev. It was a move seen by one member of Parliament as “the end of the Soviet occupation and the beginning of the final decolonization of Ukraine.” Joining The Takeaway to explain the significance of this statue’s undoing is Sasha Senderovich, assistant professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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The Myth of Race & Its Historical Consequences

Race is embedded the fabric of American culture, and racial categories and their implications persist today. In "A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama's America," Jacqueline Jones, professor of history at the University of Texas, Austin, argues against our continued use of racial categories—at least in the ways Americans have used these categories since the country's founding. 

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The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. Nearly half of all New Yorkers live below or very close to the poverty line. Children make up a large part of this population—in total there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York. Andrea Elliot, reporter for our partner The New York Times, profiled one family caught in the shelter system in her five-part series “Invisible Child.”

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Thomas from Portland

The CEO of chipotle seems willingly ignorant of what working for his company at the bottom level is really like.
Thanks for the corporate propaganda...

Dec. 10 2013 01:26 PM

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