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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Takeouts: Recess Appointments, NCAA's Final Four

Monday, March 29, 2010

  • CONGRESS: President Obama issued 15 recess appointments on Saturday. The procedure allows senior federal officials to be appointed without confirmation from the Senate. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the procedure, along with the Republican reaction.
  • SPORTS: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the weekend's action in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and looks at who's left in the Final Four.

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The Tipsy Accounting of 'Black Liquor'

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Republicans love to accuse President Obama of being "drunk on spending." And when I saw that $25 billion of the recently-passed health care overhaul bill was financed with something called "black liquor," I thought Democrats had finally decided to shed all pretense and live up to the GOP's epithets.

I initally thought (even hoped) that black liquor was some clandestine toxic Tennessee moonshine, or a minority-owned spirits concern facing pay-back for wronging a powerful congressman. No such luck: It turns out black liquor is a merely a dark, burnable byproduct of the pulp-making process, a fuel that paper companies across the South can burn in their factories to cut costs.

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Takeouts: No Fix Yet for Struggling Homeowners, Republicans' 'Vote-A-Rama'

Thursday, March 25, 2010

  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: A year into the government's loan modification program, the Treasury's internal watchdog says the federal program might fail to prevent foreclosures. Meanwhile, private lender Bank of America announces major changes in how they will treat struggling homeowners. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story discusses whether the public or private sector is in the best position to heal the housing market.
  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Sure it's officially law, but that doesn't mean the Senate is going to give health care a rest. Our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich sat in on last night's 'vote-a-rama' where Republicans offered amendment after amendment in nine hours of non-stop voting designed to derail the final version of health care reform. He brings us the highlights and the final tally of votes.

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    Takeouts: Next Steps for Health Care Overhaul, Obama's Nominee for US Court of Appeals, Listeners on the Next Big Issue

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Health care reform has been signed into law. Now what? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich lays out the next steps in the Senate and the courts.
    • JUDICAL TAKEOUT:  Since President Obama nominated law professor Goodwin Liu to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals, there's been a firestorm of criticism and praise for his pick. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor Slate magazine looks at what this progressive choice could mean for potential Supreme Court nominations.
    • LISTENERS ON THE NEXT BIG ISSUE: By email, on the web and over the phone Takeaway listeners weigh in with their reaction to Sunday's historic vote in the House and weight in on what Congress should tackle next.

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    Takeouts: Signing the Health Care Bill, New Rules for Restaurants

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    • HEALTH CARE TAKEOUT: Health care reform was signed into law yesterday and Democrats were jubilant. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich details the ceremony, down to the 22 souvenir pens and the vice president's salty language.
    • MONEY TAKEOUT: Section 2572 of the recently-passed health care bill requires that chain restaurants post calorie counts on their menus. Louise Story, Wall Street and financial reporter for The New York Times, talks to us about how restaurants and consumers might respond.

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    Takeouts: Health Care Q&A, NCAA Women's Basketball

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich answers listeners' questions on how the health care reform will affect them.
    • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  The NCAA women's basketball tournament heads to round two with the favorite (U-Conn) still in the lead; but, is an upset on the way? We turn to Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.

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    House Passes Senate's Health Reform Bill, Reconciliation 'Fixes'

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Last night the House voted, 219-212, to approve the Senate's version of health care reform, clearing the way for legislation to proceed to the president's desk. The House also approved a set of "fixes" to the Senate bill; Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has assured the House leadership that more than 51 Senators will pass the same fixes using the Senate's reconciliation rules.

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    Power Players with Todd Zwillich:

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich spends most of his days chasing down movers and shakers in the halls of the House and Senate. This week, Democrats are furiously lobbying House members to pass a bill on health care reform. Todd finds out how the White House won the vote of one: Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois (hint: comprehensive immigration reform helped).

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    Can the Final Health Care Bill Change Your Mind?

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Democrats unveiled the full version of the health care bill yesterday, which they hope to pass as soon as Sunday.

    As congressmen and analysts dissect it, Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich takes us through what is new in this version that might change your mind about supporting, or opposing, health care reform.

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    Takeouts: Jobs Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support, Money Talks and Listeners on Money Taboos

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    • WASHINGTON:  It’s true — both parties in the Senate actually worked together to pass an $18 billion jobs bill. Has the ice thawed between the two aisles on Capitol Hill? Or will it be business as usual when Congress gets together for a final vote on health care reform? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us his predictions.

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    Takeouts: Health Care Update, Census

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: After a year of debates over health care policy, lawmakers are now debating the procedure for passing the bill. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, has the latest news on the bill's journey through Congress.
    • CENSUS TAKEOUT: Tim Olson, assistant division chief with the U.S. Census Bureau, explains how the Census Bureau is counting same-sex couples, whether married or not.

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    CSPAN Puts 23 Years of Archives Online

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    A treasure trove of information for the Congressional junkie is now available on CSPAN's website. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has already spent some time looking through the archives and brings us highlights from the most mundane to the most spectacular, and one very special historical moment close to home.

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    Sen. Chris Dodd Fights for Tougher Bank Regulations

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    Sen. Chris Dodd introduced a bill yesterday to tighten regulations on financial institutions. The bill gives the government new authority to police banks and prevent them from becoming too big to fail. Although the bill speaks to widespread anger among Americans about the bank bailout, it still lacks bipartisan support.

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    Takeouts: The Week Ahead in Health Care, Your Take on Daylight Saving Time

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Health care is expected to dominate the news out of Washington this week. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made some bold predictions on Sunday, saying he expects health care reform will soon be "the law of the land." Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to discuss the odds of reform in what may be its final hours.
    • RESPONSES TAKEOUT: We hear your responses to what you would do with an extra hour.

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    Takeouts: Congress, Marion Jones Returns to Sports

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    • CONGRESS: College students may find student loan programs in the federal health care bill's package. Meanwhile, Virginia became the first state to pass an anti-mandate bill on health care. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, updates us on the health care debate on Capitol Hill. 
    • SPORTS: Takeaway Sports contributor Ibrahim-Abdul Matin discusses Marion Jones' return to sports after signing with the WNBA.

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    Real Baghdad Bomb Team on 'The Hurt Locker'

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    "The Hurt Locker” was undoubtedly the star of this year’s Oscars, winning six awards, including Best Picture. The New York Times declared it the best American feature film yet about the war in Iraq. Cinematic awards are well and good, but how true to life is the film?

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    Chief Justice John Roberts Calls State of the Union 'Troubling'

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    During his State of the Union Address, President Obama called out the Supreme Court for its ruling that allowed corporations to spend money on ads for political candidates. At the time, Justice Alito rolled his eyes and mouthed "not true." The scene caused a stir as different branches of the government pointed fingers at each other. Yesterday, Chief Justice John Roberts broke the silence and shot back, telling a group of University of Alabama students that the incident was "very troubling."

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    'Jihad Jane' Charged With Recruiting Terrorists

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    An American woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" on the internet has been charged with trying to recruit Islamic terrorists. She is also accused of taking part in an international conspiracy to kill a Swedish cartoonist. Colleen LaRose, a blond-haired, green-eyed resident of suburban Philadelphia, was taken into custody last October, but her arrest was kept secret until yesterday. 

     

     

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    New Investigation Into Toyota's Runaway Acceleration Problem

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    A video of a Prius that lost control in a dramatic crash on a California highway has sparked a new investigation into Toyota's acceleration problems. Worse, the driver says he had already reported problems to the car dealer.

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    The Problem With Child Prodigies

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    In this third installment of our series on genius, we look at the problem of child prodigies. Author David Shenk and chess champion Josh Waitzkin, who was the inspiration for the main character in 1993's Searching for Bobby Fisher, join us to discuss where prodigy comes from, and where it goes when the child grows up.

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