It is now revealed that the CIA hired and trained contractors from Blackwater USA to assassinate top al Qaeda operatives, an act that was never revealed to lawmakers. The Takeaway talks to Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times reporter who broke the story.
Afghan authorities are keeping the polls open for an extra hour to allow more people to vote during the presidential election. The Takeaway talks to Sarah Chayes, advisor to Stanley McChrystal, and Charlie Sennott, executive editor of GlobalPost.
A Scottish judge will release convicted plane bomber Abdel Baset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi from prison today on compassionate grounds, due to his terminal prostate cancer. The Takeaway is joined by Susan Cohen, whose daughter Theodora died in the bombing.
Although Afghanistan has seen months of political campaigning, a week of violent attacks may impede democracy in the country's second-ever presidential election. Retired General Anthony Zinni joins The Takeaway with a look at Afghan security.
New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt joins The Takeaway with a look at current federal counter-terrorism strategies. Since 9/11, the FBI has shifted its resources and largely refocused its mission from solving crimes to fighting terrorism.
This year a late blight is devastating tomato crops across the Northeast. For a look at what's behind this blight and what to substitute for tomatoes, The Takeaway is joined by chef Dan Barber and New York Times food writer Melissa Clark.
Many large chain retail stores reported their earnings for the second quarter. While the numbers are down, they are beating analysts' expectations. Helping The Takeaway decipher the results is New York Times business reporter Stephanie Rosenbloom.
A series of truck bombs and other attacks have shaken central Baghdad. Authorities estimate at least 75 people have been killed and over 300 injured. New York Times correspondent Sam Dagher and the BBC's Natalia Antelava join The Takeaway with details.
BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet speaks with The Takeaway from Kabul, where Afghans are bracing for violence in the days leading up to the country's second presidential election since the overthrow of the Taliban.