Todd Zwillich has been reporting from Washington, DC for close to 15 years. Todd's first byline was as a science and medicine reporter in the trade press, but it didn't take long for him to find his way to Capitol Hill. Todd worked for several years for Reuters, wrote about new research for Science and covered the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for the British Lancet. He found his way to radio in 2006, becoming a public radio reporter on Capitol Hill. He covered the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions for WAMU in Washington and several other public radio stations. Todd first appeared on the The Takeaway when it was in pilot and joined the show as Washington Correspondent in 2009.
What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.
There must be something in the water in Washington, D.C.—it's another day and another bipartisan deal has gone through. House Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a budget deal a whole 35 days before the January 15 deadline when the government would run out of money. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, breaks down what's in the deal.
Call it the handshake heard around the world—during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Cuba's President Raúl Castro was in a meet-and-greet line of world leaders and President Obama shook his hand. Many conservatives in the U.S. reacted quickly and harshly to the handshake. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to react to the meeting between the two leaders.
The House and Senate have come to a compromise on a bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep Guantanamo Bay open. The measure is the first change to laws governing sexual assault in the military in years. There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported in the first three quarters of this fiscal year—a nearly 50 percent increase. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the ins and outs of this deal.
So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.
Now that the deadline has passed for the HealthCare.gov site to be fixed, how are the GOP and Democrats realigning themselves on the battle to dismantle or save the Affordable Care Act? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following this story and joins The Takeaway to explain how the politics of Obamacare looks going forward.
Each year while everyone else is stuffing turkeys and planning shopping lists, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is busy looking up how the companies behind a typical American Thanksgiving meal are busy wielding power in Washington. It turns out the Thanksgiving table is plentiful, delicious and absolutely riddled with political influence. Zwillich details the lobbying efforts of the National Turkey Federation, the Dairy Farmers of America and others.
In Washington, with just seven days left on the House calendar, prospects for immigration reform are waning. The policy high that peaked in June after the Senate passed a massive, bipartisan bill—which has taken a major hit after a refusal from the House to vote on the Senate immigration legislation, a bill President Barack Obama guaranteed he would sign. Joining The Takeaway for an update on the immigration fight in the Capitol is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
After promises from President Barack Obama that Americans would be able to keep their health insurances plan if they like them, the president has come out to apologize for healthcare plan cancellations. The Obama Administration pivoted on Thursday, saying that states and insurers can extend current policies canceled under the new healthcare law for one year. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is with us to explain the changes coming from the administration.
As part of the $500 billion farm bill, Congress has agreed to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. For the 47 million Americans who rely on SNAP, the fiscal squeeze on food stamps is already being felt at home. On November 1, food stamps allocations were trimmed by as much as $36 a month for a family of four. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the political jockeying over food stamps.
Yesterday the Senate voted to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act 64-32. If enacted, the Act would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. But in the House of Representatives, ENDA is expected to meet greater opposition. Speaking to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich, former Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman argues that his counterparts in the House should unite this bill.
Around the country, voters headed back to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in mayor and gubernatorial contests and to vote on a host of ballot initiatives. Anna Sale, a reporter for WNYC, has been covering races in New York City and neighboring New Jersey. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent has been following the Virginia gubernatorial race.
It's Election Day around the country, with mayoral races in big cities like Boston, Detroit, and New York, as well as a hotly-contested race for governor Virginia. There are, of course, also lots of ballot measures and very local details in these races. Does any of this offer subtle clues that can tell us something about voter sentiment? Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, discusses what today's elections mean leading up to 2016.
President Barack Obama plans to nominate Patricia Ann Millett, a Washington lawyer with bipartisan credentials, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. But several Republicans have said they will block all nominees until the White House makes Benghazi witnesses available. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the new fight overtaking the Senate.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is on Capitol Hill today answering questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “I apologize. I am accountable to you for fixing these problems And I'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site," she said. "Hold me accountable for the debacle. I'm responsible." Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is on the ground in D.C. to give us the latest on the hearings.
In a speech delivered at the Heritage Foundation yesterday, Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, addressed the question: "What's next for Conservatives?" It's a pertinent question, as GOP poll numbers have tanked following the government shutdown earlier this month. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent explains where the GOP stands.
Because of technical issues with HealthCare.gov, consumers will now have a little more time to enroll in an insurance program. The White House announced last night that people have an extra six weeks to enroll in a program through the exchanges, pushing the deadline to March 31st. Joining The Takeaway to explain the decision to postpone the Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
Last night Congress ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, avoiding the latest manufactured fiscal crisis. But before the relief kicks in, know that the drama is not over. The budget passed last night is only a temporary one that will have to be revisited in December, otherwise there will likely be a replay of the same situation. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what happened and the way ahead.
The uncertainty on Capitol Hill seems to be over—for now at least. Democratic and Republican Senate leaders have reportedly reached an agreement on a deal to reopen the government and avert a debt ceiling breach. With us to discuss the latest developments in the nation's capital is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
Today The Takeaway explores higher education, the government shutdown, the four-day work week and much more.
Some lawmakers say they're not even sure what the fight in D.C. is about anymore. Joining The Takeaway is Virginia Republican ...