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 ...
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). "Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons," a statement from the Nobel Committee says. Joining us to weigh in on the decision, and the remaining work to be done by in the region, is David Kay, a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
This weekend’s big film release celebrates the heroism of Captain Richard Phillips, who commandeered the Maersk Alabama in 2009—until it was invaded by armed Somali pirates. During the attack, Captain Phillips was kidnapped and held hostage. His second in command, Chief Mate Shane Murphy, was forced to take over as Master of the Maersk Alabama. The real Captain Murphy shares his side of the story and his thoughts on the new film, "Captain Phillips."
This week, the Obama Administration announced that the U.S. would freeze some of its aid to Egypt, withholding several pieces of weaponry and $260 million in aid. The country has depended on American aid for 35 years, ever since Egypt signed the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel and the U.S. in September 1978. Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Israel Daniel Kurtzer examines how U.S. suspension of aid to Egypt will affect the country's relationship with Israel and the U.S.
As Congress negotiates with President Barack Obama, and thousands of furloughed federal workers anxiously await a return to the office, Senate Chaplain Barry Black counsels compromise and compassion to his lawmaking flock. Today on The Takeaway, Senate Chaplain Black explores the role of faith in Congress, and discusses the federal shutdown.
This week, two big releases allow movie lovers to enjoy real and fictional heroes and villains. For reality lovers, there's "Captain Phillips" and for lovers of fiction, there's "Machete Kills." Our Movie Date team—Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer—weighs in with their thoughts. In addition to co-hosting the Movie Date podcast, Rafer is film critic for Newsday and Kristen is culture producer for The Takeaway.