Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Dems Worry Over 'Firewall' Elections

Thursday, October 21, 2010

In the Washington state Senate race, Democratic incumbent Patty Murray is scraping by, just barely ahead of her Republican challenger Dino Rossi. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country in Pennsylvania, Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey are running neck-and-neck for that state's open Senate seat.

Voters in Washington, in contrast to their counterparts in much of the rest of the country, have seen a race focused heavily on policy, rather than partisan bickering. Murray has proudly trumpeted her embrace of the Obama agenda, touting her involvement with writing the health care reform bill. President Obama will be campaigning for her later today.


The Fate of Democrats and Nancy Pelosi

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

If Democrats are able to hold a majority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will have to decide if she will run for House Speaker again. However, many Democrats are already saying that they would not support her if she does run.

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details of this developing story.

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Wild Wild West and the 2010 Mid-Term Elections

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We’re nearing the end of the campaign trail for candidates seeking to win over voters in this November’s upcoming mid-term elections.  Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Mike Shear, chief political reporter for the Caucus Blog at our partner The New York Times, are joining us every Tuesday to give us updates on what the candidates are up to on the trail.


Political Figures Strike Strategic Endgames

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

With November's mid-term elections only weeks away, Democrats and Republicans across the country are setting up their strategic political endgames.  


Senate Report on Military Contractors: 'Wasted Resources'

Friday, October 08, 2010

A new report out by the Senate Armed Services Committee reveals more problems with our heavy use of private security contractors in the war in Afghanistan. The committee’s chair, Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), described "wasted resources" and “wide gaps in government oversight."


Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski To Run As Write-In Candidate

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lisa Murkowski, the Republican senator from Alaska, may have lost the bid for nomination in the Republican primary, but that fact hasn't seemed to dampen her plans to continue her campaign for November's general election. 

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What's in the Small Business Bill?

Friday, September 17, 2010

The small business bill championed by President Obama and Democratic legislators is — after months of languishing in the Senate — moving through Congress. Expected to be easily passed by the House, the aid package includes $12 billion in tax breaks as well as $30 billion in government-backed loans for small businesses. Proponents estimate it may create as many as 500,000 jobs.


Insurgency Wins Over Incumbency in Delaware, New Hampshire

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Republican primary voters in Delaware faced a much-hyped choice at the polls yesterday, and ultimately voted for Tea Party-endorsed Christine O'Donnell over moderate long-term Delaware Rep. Mike Castle. The state Republican party campaigned hard against O’Donnell, saying she is likely to lose against a Democrat in the general election. The outcome could have big consequences for which party will occupy Vice President Biden’s place in the Senate.


What Does it Mean to Be 'Rich' in America?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the politics behind the Bush-era tax cuts, made during a time of budget surplus, and the proposals to allow the cuts to expire on individuals making more than $250,000 a year. Are there political agendas here? Also, chief economist for the Concord Coalition, Diane Lim Rogers, discusses the economics of this debate. Will this benefit middle class America and, in turn, stimulate the economy or will it negatively affect small business owners that are in the $250,000 income bracket that will lose their tax break?

We asked our listeners: What does it mean to be rich these days anyway? The tax code says it's $250,000 a year. How much do YOU think you have to earn to be considered rich?


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Name Recognition and Delaware Politics

Monday, September 13, 2010

Michael Murray is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant living in Magnolia, Delaware. He's a self-described conservative, former National Security Agency worker, and former fire department volunteer. 

Murray is also a Republican, and he says he's voted for moderate Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) at least three or four times during Castle's decades-long tenure as governor, lieutenant governor, and congressman. "He's done a lot, I give you that," Murray says of Castle. "He's helped out the fire companies. He's helped out the police, the first responders," he adds. In any other political year that might have been enough for Murray. 

Not this time. 

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Florida Reverend Stands Down from Quran Burning

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reverend Terry Jones, leader of the Dove World Outreach Center, a tiny Pentecostal church in Gainesville, has backed down from his plan to burn the Quran. Reverend Jones’ plan to burn copies of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of September 11th lit an international firestorm. Now Reverend Jones says he will not burn any Qurans – and he doesn’t think anyone else should, either.

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Obama Plan Could Help Dems, But Not The Way You Think

Thursday, September 09, 2010

(Crossposted from Transportation Nation)

Did President Obama do his party a political favor by proposing $50 billion in new transportation infrastructure spending to a budget-weary nation right before the November midterms? Was his labor day infrastructure plan an effort to allow struggling Democrats to distance themselves?

At least one vulnerable Democrat under fire for supporting the president’s first $787 billion stimulus plan now says he’s not on board for any more. And just like that, Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) has put a little distance between himself and a White House sagging in the polls.

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Democrats Surprised by Obama Transportation Plan

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

(Crossposted from Transportation Nation)

Presidents Barack Obama’s proposal for $50 billion in new spending on highway and railroad infrastructure, delivered in Milwaukee on Monday, has players on Capitol Hill scratching their heads while at the same time predicting the money likely won't pass Congress this year.

Aides to key lawmakers in both the House and Senate said they knew little of Obama’s proposal prior to his announcement Monday in front of a labor union audience. Much of what Capitol Hill knows of the White House’s actual intentions it has learned from the press, several said.

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Top of the Hour: Katrina Five Years Later; Morning Headlines

Friday, August 27, 2010

Five years later, as we remember the days running up to Hurricane Katrina, the remaining troubles of the disaster are far from gone. That, and this morning's top headlines.


House to Vote on Major Education Bill to Save Teachers' Jobs

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The House is expected to return from its summer recess for an emergency vote which, if passed, could potentially save tens of thousands of teachers' jobs. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for the emergency vote, some Republicans accused the Congresswoman of pandering to teachers' unions and special interest groups ahead of November’s mid-term elections.  


Power Players with Todd Zwillich: John McCain on Repealing the 14th Amendment

Monday, August 09, 2010

The immigration debate heated up last week when some Republican senators suggested revisiting the 14th amendment, which guarantees U.S. citizenship to any person born in territory of the United States. Todd asks Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) if Congress should hold hearings on the contentious issue.


Black Farmers' Settlement Withheld ... Again

Monday, August 09, 2010

It's been 11 years and the nation's black farmers have still not received the nearly $1.25 billion settlement they were promised by the Agriculture Department. The Senate was expected to approve the measure before the start of recess last Thursday, but Republicans put the brakes on the vote after citing concerns that Democrats had not outlined a plan to pay for the settlement.

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Senate Recess

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, talks about the wrap-up before the Senate recess, and previews today's Kagan vote.


Senate Moves Forward $26 Billion Spending Bill

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Senate handed President Barack Obama a victory yesterday as they passed a test vote on a $26 billion spending bill. The bill combines $16 billion in Medicaid funding and $10 billion in layoff prevention. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details.


Amending the 14th Amendment: If You're Born in the U.S. Should You Be Guaranteed Citizenship?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Republicans have been pushing to have hearings to change the 14th Amendment. The way it stands now, if you're born in the U.S., you're an American citizen. We asked you, the listeners, what you thought about changing the 14th amendment, and we hear what you have to say. We're also joined by The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, who believes that Republicans are just nibbling around the edges of the whole immigration issue.

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