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Mueller, Trump & Russia: The Counter-Intelligence Probe Defining The Presidency

A new survey from Navigator Research says a majority of Americans — 59 percent — think Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 campaign has not yet uncovered evidence of any crimes. In reality, Mueller has obtained five guilty pleas, 17 criminal indictments, and several cooperating witnesses. Meanwhile, President Trump has repeatedly, some have argued as part of a deliberate strategy to undermine investigators’ credibility, called the probe a “witch hunt.” The Takeaway reviews the sweeping investigation that has ensnared Trump advisor and attorney alike. Plus, we review what’s at stake in Ireland’s referendum on their constitutional amendment banning most abortions; and the stealthy North Korean cyberspies raking in millions for the reclusive regime.

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Asian Americans May Lose Out in Trump Administration’s Census

March 28, 2018: On Monday night, the Commerce Department formally announced that it will comply with a Trump administration request to include a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census. Advocacy groups also spoke out against the decision, citing intimidation as reason immigrant populations may fail to participate in the census. The Takeaway looks at how Asian-American communities are already at risk of being undercounted due to language barriers, poverty, status, and housing stability. Plus, we scrutinize Donald Trump Jr.’s business trip to India; the deadly inferno that claimed the lives of dozens of schoolchildren in Russia; a series of highly-restrictive abortion laws that may be setting up a Supreme Court battle; and we take listener questions about women’s health.

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Moral Ambiguity in the Age of Trump

Jan. 23, 2018: An adult film actress now claims she slept with President Trump back in 2011. But a large part of his base — white Evangelicals — are more likely to accept immorality today. The Takeaway explores that shift, plus a look at the Turkish campaign against Syrian Kurds; America’s changing refugee policy; how President Trump is shaping the U.S. court system; and how anti-abortion rights activists are working to end Roe V. Wade. 

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Reflecting on a Year of Trump

Jan. 19, 2018: Hours after Donald Trump was sworn in, we traveled to Oklahoma to talk with one family of Republicans who were divided in their support for the president. We revisit them a year later, plus a look at how a government shutdown could affect the military; reviews of the new films hitting the box office; a rare interview with Queen Elizabeth II; and a look at what happens to women when abortion is illegal. 

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Bioethics in Islam

Abortion. Right to die. Stem cell research. Modern bioethical issues confront an ancient religion.

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Planned Parenthood Looks Ahead to Life After Obama

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In less than a week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. It’s a case that could impact women’s access to state-regulated abortion for many years to come.

It’s unclear how the court may rule, especially with it’s new makeup. With the death of Antonin Scalia, it appears the justices are split 4-4. President Obama is trying to fill the seat before he leaves office, but the political battle over the nation’s high court has already begun. 

In addition to uncertainty on the court, reproductive health advocates are watching  the fight for the White House.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, joins The Takeaway to discuss why women’s health issues are at a crossroads, between the 2016 election, and the Supreme Court. 

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Abortion Returns to the Supreme Court

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Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that could have far-reaching consequences for abortion rights in Texas.

In 2013, the Texas state legislature passed a law that requires abortion clinics to meet standards usually reserved for hospitals. The law also required that each clinic employ at least one doctor with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. These standards aren’t required for other procedures with a similar level of risk—colonoscopies, for example, have a much higher mortality rate than abortions, but the doctors performing them don’t need to have admitting privileges. Still, the state insists that the standards are necessary to protect women.

Alice Kessler-Harris, author of “Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States” and a professor of American history at Columbia University, says the “protection” the state claims to provide for women under this law is problematic, particularly when looked at from a historical perspective.

Along with a number of other historians, Kessler-Harris signed onto an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, arguing that such “protective” laws have often rest on stereotypes about men’s and women’s roles in society, and often hurt women in the long run. 

See Also: Planned Parenthood President on 2016 Election, Supreme Court

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Reckoning Wednesday

March 02, 2016: 1. Trump, Clinton Lead the Pack on Super Tuesday | 2. Despite the Sting of Super Tuesday, Sanders Camp Stays Hopeful | 3. After Super Tuesday, What’s Next for Ted Cruz? | 4. Abortion Returns to the Supreme Court | 5. Crunching The Numbers After Super Tuesday

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Viola Davis, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, VICE News

February 25, 2016: 1. Viola Davis: Diversity in Hollywood ‘Not Just a Hashtag’ | 2. Why America’s Money Men Won’t Fund Black Women | 3. Libya Struggles in The Fight Against ISIS | 4. Curing Blindness in the Developing World | 5. Planned Parenthood Chief Looks Ahead | 6. New Debate Model Could Actually Challenge Presidential Candidates

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Justice in South Carolina, Space Twins, and Cryptic Song Lyrics

1. After Video Surfaces, Officer Charged in the Murder of Walter Scott | 2. Anti-Abortion Laws Flood U.S. State Houses | 3. Identical Twins, One in Space, One on Earth | 4. Cracking the Code to the Iconic Song “American Pie”