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.
Olympic Heads Grilled by Congress Over Sexual Abuse Scandals
On Wednesday, Susanne Lyons, the acting head of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and representatives from Gymnastics, Swimming, Taekwondo and Volleyball testified before Congress around issues of sexual abuse in the Olympic community. Earlier this year, U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar was found guilty of abusing hundreds of athletes. The Takeaway reviews the Olympic leaders' testimony in light of the torrent of allegations made within their ranks. Plus, we look at the ongoing trend of African-American parents deciding to homeschool their kids; and the next phase of #TheGunTalk as initiated by gun-owning parents.
McDonald's Workers Allege Sexual Harassment by Colleagues
On Tuesday, 10 women who have worked at McDonald's locations across nine U.S. cities lodged sexual harassment complaints against the company. One of the complaints comes from a woman as young as 15, and the women say that when they reported the harassment, in many cases they were ignored, mocked, or retaliated against. But these claims aren’t isolated to McDonald’s. Similarly placed low-income workers, often in fast food, retail or domestic work, have historically been undermined, harassed, and prevented from coming forward with their stories. The Takeaway speaks with a lawyer behind the lawsuit who is vying to hold institutions with low-wage workers accountable. Plus, we review the recent decision by N.F.L. team owners to impose fines on teams whose players kneel during the National Anthem; an examination of the rollback of financial regulations passed in the wake of the Great Recession; and a consideration of the flourishing dog testing industry and the proposals to rein it in.
The Gun Talk: How to Broach the Topic of School Shootings With Your Children
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — In the wake of another tragedy, this time at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 people were killed, parents are trying to figure out how to have the gun talk with their kids. Conversations range from how to interact safely with firearms to a review of where to hide and how to protect yourself if a shooter enters your school. — On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld a process known as 'mandatory arbitration,' which companies may use to bar workers from joining class action lawsuits. Traditionally, exclusion from these collective lawsuits has made suing over issues like wage theft and discrimination more difficult. The majority opinion was written by Neil Gorsuch and finds that the Federal Arbitrations Act, which says that employers must handle private disputes through the courts, holds precedent over the National Labor Relations Act, which says that employees have the right to sue employers collectively or through a class action. — Back in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Kerner Commission to investigate the reasons for violence and unrest in the black and Latino neighborhoods in several American cities. When the commission’s report was released in 1968, it warned that the nation was, "moving toward two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal." The commission was especially critical of the lack of diversity in the news media and the way in which it covered race and politics at the time.
Can Radical New Tactics Curb Gun Violence?
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — Another school shooting, this time at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, has left ten people dead and around ten others injured. The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was taken into police custody. The incident is raising questions over what to do about children's safety in schools and the ensuing debate is continuing to divide the country over gun control issues. — Hyperinflation, food shortages and unemployment weren’t enough to keep Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from securing a renewed six-year mandate as to lead the country over the weekend. By the end of 2018, an estimated three million people will have left Venezuela, accounting for around one tenth of Venezuela’s population. Thousands of those people are taking the same path, crossing the Simón Bolívar International Bridge into the Colombian city of Cúcuta. — The educational toy market is worth about $4 billion a year. The allure of these items lies in their claims of increasing childhood intelligence during a critical time in the child's cognitive development. Many toys advertise themselves as tools to help babies do everything from read and walk, or do math and code, all earlier than they would without the assistance. But there’s little science to back these claims up.
"These are animals": The Risks of Dehumanizing Language
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — In a roundtable discussion with local California politicians and law enforcement officials opposed to the state's sanctuary city policies, President Trump referred to some immigrants as "animals." It was not immediately clear who the president was characterizing with these remarks. After the incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified that the president had been, all along, referring only to the criminal gang MS-13. But this is not the first time President Trump has used dehumanizing language to address a population of immigrants, and it stems from a long history of dehumanizing and ostracizing communities who are already marginalized. — Facebook has come under fire for allowing ads to target specific individuals in the lead up to the 2016 election. The specifics became a little more clear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, where former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower Christopher Wiley testified. — All this week, we’ve been hearing about wealth in America, who’s got it, and who doesn’t. One thing is clear, elected officials in Congress definitely have it. The estimated cumulative wealth of all current members of Congress as of this February was at least $2.43 billion. The median minimum net worth of all members of Congress was $511,000, five times the median net worth of an American household, which the Federal Reserve pegged at $97,300 in 2016. — On Saturday Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle. The two will tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, just over 20 miles west of London. As a biracial woman, whose mother is black and father is white, Markle is certainly shaking things up in Britain’s royal family, which isn’t exactly known for its diversity. While Markle will soon become the first acknowledged mixed-race royal, Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, is believed to have been Britain’s first biracial queen. — Every Friday, Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday and The Takeaway, drops by to review the new releases hitting the box office. This week, Rafer gives his take on the highly anticipated superhero sequel, "Deadpool 2," starring Ryan Reynolds. Rafer also reviews the romantic comedy "Book Club" and the religious drama "First Reformed." — In a new T.V. show for Starz, Emma and Lyn are Mexican-American sisters. When their mother dies suddenly, they come home to their East L.A. neighborhood to decide what to do with the building and the bar their mother left behind. "Vida" is the imagined story of two women coming home to family secrets, a changing neighborhood, and the people fighting to protect it.
Poverty Touches Not Just Pocketbooks, but Mental Health
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — Studies show that where one falls on the wealth ladder is directly correlated with health outcomes. And though the U.S. is the wealthiest country in the world, where that wealth falls is getting increasingly uneven. The consequences of this uneven distribution are changing how people go about their lives, and even the status of their health. — Earlier this month, writer Zinzi Clemmons publicly confronted Junot Díaz at a conference in Australia, alleging that the Pulitzer Prize winning author had forcibly kissed her when she was a graduate student at Columbia six years ago. She clarified the accusations in a series of tweets, which prompted an outpouring of criticism against Díaz. These complains did not just include similar allegations of sexual misconduct, but of verbally abusive behavior that many saw as misogynistic. — Christopher Wylie is the former director of research at Cambridge Analytica and its London affiliate, the SCL Group. But today he’s most widely known as a whistleblower. Wylie testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday amid reports that both the F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating the now-defunct company. It's accused of harvesting private data from 50 million Americans and potentially violating election laws.
Dep't of Education Stops Investigating For-Profit Colleges
Here's what you'll find on today's show: — Within the Department of Education, there exists a dedicated team whose job is to investigate abuse by institutions of higher education. Their focus is on for-profit schools such as DeVry and Corinthian Colleges. The team is tasked with determining whether for-profit institutions misled students about job prospects or tricked them into predatory loans. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is effectively dismantling the investigative team tasked with monitoring these abuses, according to a new report by The New York Times. — According to a new report out this week by the National Center for Education Statistics, 94% of teachers in high-poverty school districts pay for classroom supplies out of pocket. And on average, they spend nearly $500 a year. About seven percent of teachers spend more than $1000 a year. For teachers in financially deprived areas, the amounts they spend on their students are even higher. — A death sentence case involving a woman in Sudan has brought international condemnation from human rights groups, as well as on social media through the campaign called #JusticeforNoura. 19-year-old Noura Hussein was sentenced to death last week for killing her husband after he allegedly attempted to rape her. Hussein was in a forced marriage, arranged by her father, and she claims she acted in self-defense. It has also been reported that Hussein’s husband had allegedly raped Hussein the previous day as some of his relatives restrained her. — "Jewel's Catch One," a new documentary from C. Fitz, explores the legacy of America's oldest black-owned disco club, as well as the life of businesswoman and activist Jewel Thais-Williams. For four decades, Jewel provided safe spaces in Los Angeles for the black, L.G.B.T.Q., and AIDS-impacted communities. The club closed in 2015. The film was recently acquired by Ava DuVernay's grassroots distribution company, ARRAY.