Today's Takeaways: Fighting For Equal Rights in Love, Work & Health

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

In this undate image a child is helped with an asthma inhaler. A report released on May 3, 2005 to mark World Asthma Day claims that one person dies from asthma every hour in Western Europe. (Getty)

1. Sgt. Bergdahl: America's War-Weary Lightning Rod | 2. VA Scandal Drives Senators Towards Reform | 3. HBO's 'The Case Against 8' Explores Love, Partnerships & The Law | 4. The Public Health Consequences of Air Pollution | 5. Modern Slavery? Domestic Workers Fight For Fairness | 6. Voting Rights 50 Years After Mississippi's Freedom Summer

Sgt. Bergdahl: America's War-Weary Lightning Rod

The release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has demonstrated that many lawmakers in Washington, and perhaps others, are quick to judge whether or not the POW deserved to be freed. Vanessa Gezari, a journalist who has reported from Afghanistan on and off since 2002, weighs in.

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VA Scandal Drives Senators Towards Reform

The Veterans Affairs scandal has caused outrage across the political spectrum. But lately, Republicans and Democrats alike have been crying for reform. This week, senators are introducing a bill that aims to fix some of the endemic problems with the veteran healthcare system. 

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New Doc Explores LGBT Love & The Law

Legal battles aren't often the stuff of compelling cinema, but a new documentary taking a close-up look at the fight to strike down California's Proposition 8 is a drama about love and the definition of partnership. Ben Cotner and Ryan White produced and directed "The Case Against 8."

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The Public Health Consequences of Air Pollution

Politicians often find it difficult to justify climate change legislation. Unlike climate change, air pollution seems to have specific and pressing consequences,  particularly for public health. 

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Modern Slavery? Domestic Workers Fight For Fairness

Labor laws of 18 states exclude home care workers from their state minimum wage laws. As the number of domestic care workers increases nationwide, the number of people working these jobs, without fair pay or protections, is only increasing.

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Voting Rights 50 Years After Mississippi's Freedom Summer

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton helped organize and lead the Mississippi Freedom Summer movement, which began 50 years ago this month. She reflects on the volunteer's accomplishments, the movement's confrontation with President Lyndon Johnson, and the state of voting rights today. 

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