The Takeaway

Can Social Security Be Saved?

Can Social Security Be Saved?

A new report has extended Social Security’s lifetime by one year, but the program is still on track to become insolvent in 2035.

US Companies Turn Back to Saudis Months After Khashoggi Killing

Just six months after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was, according to U.S. intelligence agencies, assassinated by Saudi Arabia, American businesses are starting to return.

Sri Lanka Attacks Highlight Continuing Threat From ISIS-Inspired Actors

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Sri Lanka that have killed at least 300 people.


Nancy Altman

Michael de la Merced

Rukmini Callimachi

America Abroad

Combating Extremist Ideology Since 9/11

It’s been 17 years since 9/11, and 14 years since the 9/11 Commission released its recommendations on how to prevent future attacks. While much of the focus has been on military solutions, the commission also made recommendations on how to use diplomacy and soft power to prevent the growth of extremist ideology abroad. In this episode, we take a look at those recommendations, and how each administration has worked to implement them.

The Takeaway

Trump-Russia Summit Fallout Continues As Putin Gets Invite to D.C.

Friday host of The Takeaway Amy Walter talks with Chris Painter, the U.S’s former top cyber diplomat and General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, about what the implication’s of this second meeting might be for the United States; Republican leaders had harsh words for Trump at the start of the week. That changed as the week wore on; and for the rest of the hour, we focus on the fight for suburban districts in the lead up to the Midterm election. Among the key districts Democrats need to win in order to win back the House of Representatives: New Jersey’s 7th.

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Mythmaking and MS-13: Americans in Fear of an Exaggerated Threat

We take a big look at MS-13 in light of new data that shows Americans fears about the street gang; a look at a new tool police departments are using that allows them to better measure resident feelings about the job they are doing; a Democratic Congressman explains why he is speaking out specifically against newsprint tariffs; 90 percent of us either hate cooking or feel lukewarm about it. What’s a grocery store to do?; and a look at two big films out this summer centered on issues of race. 

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Merger Mania: Corporate Consolidations Promise Lofty Returns, Can They Deliver?

The number of major wireless carriers in America may soon go from four to three. Over the weekend, T-Mobile C.E.O. John Leger and Sprint C.E.O. Marcelo Claure announced a nearly $27-billion merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the United States. The two companies will now have to convince the Trump administration not to block their merger, which it is currently trying to do in another case being argued in court: AT&T’s $85 billion dollar planned acquisition of Time Warner. The Takeaway examines what implications that case may have for the T-Mobile-Sprint deal. Plus, we review the exclusive list of questions Special Counsel Mueller has for President Trump, leaked to The New York Times; a modern-era remake of Spike Lee’s classic, “He Got Game;” and a suicide bomb in Afghanistan’s capital that killed nine journalists.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir
America Abroad

Trump’s approach to the Middle East

As the Trump administration begins ironing out its strategy in the Middle East, America Abroad examines what may lie ahead regarding Israel, Syria, Iran, and the fight against ISIS.

The Takeaway

Future of the ACA, Trump’s Business Interests, The NSA reacts to Russia

Hate crimes against Muslims spiked last year to their highest level in more than a decade, while recent cabinet appointment Steve Bannon has said on tape that he doesn’t want his kids to going to school with Jews. Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interreligious engagement and Mehnaz Afridi, Director of the Religious Studies, Holocaust, Genocide & Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, discuss the effect of Trump’s rhetoric on Jews and Muslims.

President-elect Trump, who vowed to repeal Obamacare, has since said he would leave some elements intact. More than 100,000 people signed up for Obamacare the day after the election and nrollment will remain open until the end of January. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, says that the loss of the Affordable Care Act would not only have a significant impact on the healthcare of Americans who rely on it but on the institution that helps enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.  

While President-Elect Donald Trump was rage-tweeting S.N.L and the cast of the musical, Hamilton—effectively overshadowing the news that Trump had agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits against his allegedly fraudulent Trump University—he was also busy meeting with Indian business partners, another example in a recent series of events suggesting that the incoming president has yet to separate his business interests from governing.

When Donald Trump was elected president, social media sites associated with ISIS and al-Qaeda celebrated Trump’s victory. “Rejoice with support from Allah, and find glad tidings in the imminent demise of America at the hands of Trump,” wrote one ISIS related outlet. Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for The New York Times who reports on al-Qaeda and ISIS, explains the terror groups’ reaction to the election.

General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA between 1999 and 2005, and the CIA between 2006-2009, discusses how the intelligence community is responding to Russian meddling and preparing for a Trump presidency. Last week, Hayden said that the intelligence community needs to “man up” when dealing with Trump. 

A new film from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio called “The Ivory Game” depicts the underbelly of ivory trafficking. The film goes undercover in Africa and China to find intelligence operatives, undercover activists, and front line rangers. Directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani discuss the purpose of making their film: to serve as a riveting wake up call for the deep corruption at the center of the global ivory trafficking dilemma.

The Takeaway

U.S. Terror Threats, Mexico’s Missing, Trotsky in New York

September 19, 2016:

1. Bombs in Our Midst: Questions Linger After Possible Terror Threats in 3 States (7 min)

2. Diplomatic Chaos? U.S.-Russia Coalition on Shaky Ground After Syria Airstrikes (6 min)

3. U.N. Summit on Refugees: A Watershed Moment or More of the Same? (6 min)

4. New Documentary Shines Light on Mexico’s Drug War (7 min)

5. Exploring America’s Racist Housing Policies (3 min)

6. When Leon Trotsky Was a New York Celebrity (10 min)

The Takeaway

VP Warren, Political Playlists, Rosie Perez on Muhammad Ali

June 10, 2016:

1. What Kind of VP Would Elizabeth Warren Be? 

2. Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Dead at 88

3. In Rare Bipartisan Agreement, Congress Takes On Toxic Chemical Reform

3. Libya Fights to Oust ISIS 

4. Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

5. What the Presidential Candidates Are Playing on the Campaign Trail

6. Rosie Perez, ‘First Lady of Boxing,’ Remembers Muhammad Ali

The Takeaway

Bernie’s Big Weekend, Tragedy in Lahore, Undercover in Saudi Arabia

March 28, 2016: 1. Will Bernie’s Big Weekend Change the Democratic Race? | 2. The Candidate and The Secretary: Analyzing The Clinton Campaign | 3. Pakistan Mourns After Easter Tragedy in Lahore | 4. Palmyra Liberation: Too Little, Too Late? | 5. Dissident Movement Grows in Saudi Arabia | 6. Easter Rising Through the Eyes of New York