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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Bombers Strike in Run-Up to Iraq Parliamentary Elections

Friday, March 05, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are expected to go to the polls on Sunday for the nation's first full parliamentary elections since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. But with violence that some see as scare tactics possibly preventing the delivery of democracy, some in Iraq wonder if the U.S. forces should be extending their stay. Yesterday on CNN Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hinted at the possibility of asking the American military to stay in the country, but Gen. David Petraeus seems to be holding fast to the goal of an August transition.  

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Analyzing National Unemployment

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friend of the show Lakshan Achuthan joins us to tell a tale of two economic Americas. Contrary to popular belief, the current recession has not been all that bad for many Americans. Unfortunately, the other 40 percent of unemployed fall into what Lakshman calls the "long term unemployed;" and he adds that their plight may not be over any time soon.

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Small Towns and the Economic Recession

Friday, March 05, 2010

Later today we expect to hear new national unemployment data which should offer economists a reasonable idea of where our economy is moving on a macro scale. But what about the smaller economic engines of America? How about the small towns in our country that may be largely sustained by a single industry or plant? Even if the economy, as a whole, were to make an unexpected recovery, that wouldn’t bring back the single manufacturing plant that sustaining some ten percent of its nearby residents, or the auxiliary economy that springs up around it like housing, restaurants, or shopping centers.

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Don Cheadle and Antoine Fuqua on 'Brooklyn's Finest'

Friday, March 05, 2010

Today, the latest film by "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua hits theatres nationwide. It's called "Brooklyn’s Finest," and it follows three cops who are forced to make impossible decisions during crisis points in their lives – and then live with the outcome of those choices.

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The Oscar Ballot Briefcase Guys Reveal All!

Friday, March 05, 2010

When most of us watch the Oscars, our eyes are glued to the movie stars. But if you’re a movie star on Oscars night, it’s more likely that your eyes are glued to two accountants. We refer, of course, to the accountants of Pricewaterhouse Coopers – those guys with the briefcases who hit the red carpet each year, ballots in tow. From the actor's perspective, it's they who hold the key to your acceptance speech, or your stiff upper lip as a loser in front of the cameras.

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National Step Competition Sparks Race Controversy

Friday, March 05, 2010

The national step competition in Atlanta, Ga. two weeks ago was packed with mostly African American competitors. The dance form, rooted in African American history, has largely been associated with black colleges and fraternities. But on Feb. 20, a white team from the University of Arkansas did more than just win the competition. They ignited a dialogue about race relations and whether a particular race should be entitled to a certain part of American culture.

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Good Week/Bad Week: Venting in Nepal and the Trouble of Walking Dogs

Friday, March 05, 2010

Along with our friends at The Week Magazine, we look at the past week, review give you the score. Who had a good week? Who had a bad week? In this week’s segment we learn that it was a great week to vent your frustrations … if you happen to live in Nepal. A ritual in the country allows young people from neighboring villages Parsaway and Lamipur get to yell insults at each other as part of an annual festival this week. They say it's all in good fun.

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Takeouts: Weekend in College Basketball, Your Winning Cats, Your Favorite Teachers

Friday, March 05, 2010

  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: There's a big game scheduled for college basketball this weekend, but it doesn't involved Syracuse, Kansas, Kentucky, or any of the top-ranked teams. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Adbul Matin joins us with a look at college basketball, where the Ivy League teams are heating up.
  • YOUR CATS TAKEOUT: You report, you decide! We have the winners of The Takeaway's furry and furiously competitive cat show.
  • YOUR RESPONSES: For our last takeout, we hear from our listeners and their fond recollections of the teachers that made a difference in their lives.

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New Guidelines on Prostate Cancer Stoke Controversy

Friday, March 05, 2010

Millions of American men are tested every year for prostate cancer, but the blood test used for screening isn’t completely reliable. Now, the American Cancer Society says there's a chance the screenings can do more harm than good. What are men at risk of prostate cancer supposed to do?

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A Year Later, Obama Says it's Time for Health Care Vote

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Yesterday, President Obama made one last-ditch attempt to push for health care overhaul. After a year of debate, the president said it was time for the Senate to cast an "up or down vote" on the final version of the bill. Still, many Republicans — and even some Democrats — do not support the proposal. The push comes just a week after the president's heath care summit at the White House, and after he said he would be open to four republican ideas gleaned from that discussion.

 

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Charles Rangel Steps Down As Committee Chair

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Under continuing questions about possible ethics violations, New York Congressman Charles Rangel announced this morning he would temporarily step down as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Rangel, who is the dean of his state's delegation, said he would relinquish control of the influential post in order to allow an investigation by the Ethics Committee to run its course.

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Takeouts: Obama's Final Health Care Push, Your Responses on the Narrative Power of Numbers

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Kentucky Republican Sen. Jim Bunning made the news this week by holding up a bill for jobless benefits, payments for doctors, and a host of other programs. Last night he finally relented. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the fracas. We also get a preview of President Obama's health care speech today.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: Yesterday, we looked at how we understand events through numbers. Listeners tell us their view on numerical storytelling. 

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USPS Proposes to Cut Saturday Mail Delivery

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The United States Postal Service carries a $10 billion debt, but is legally prohibited from many cost-cutting measures like closing offices. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains why the USPS is losing money, and how the new proposal aims to help.

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Dems May Use Reconciliation to Pass Health Care Reform

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Without enough votes in the Senate to revote on a modified bill and pass health care reform, the Democratic Party may resort to using a 1974 budgetary law known as reconciliation. The process protects the bill from filibusters that require a 60-vote majority to end debate, and would instead allow the bill to pass by a simple majority.

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Takeouts: Rep. Charlie Rangel Sees Controversy, Can Vonn and Ohno Win Again?, Listeners Respond to Our On-Air Civics Lesson

Friday, February 26, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich recaps the Heath Care Summit and why Rep. Rangel is in the hot seat.
  • OLYMPICS: New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman looks ahead to today's games.
  • RESPONSES:  Listeners had a lot to say about trying to teach civics to high school students who don't have a lot of faith in government.

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Fact Checking the Health Care Summit

Friday, February 26, 2010

After long hours of spirited debate, President Obama and Congressional lawmakers failed to reach any substantive compromises on health care legislation. Republicans were clearly frustrated with the president's proposals and repeatedly suggested scrapping the legislation and starting over again. Democrats insisted that was not an option because too much progress has already been made.

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Takeouts: President Obama's Health Care Summit, Disaster at the Ski Slopes, U-Michigan's Football Program Under NCAA Investigation

Thursday, February 25, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Will the president's health care summit be a bipartisan love-fest or more of the same legislative gridlock? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us a preview.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: Team USA suffered a big shock yesterday when Lindsey Vonn crashed out of the Grand Slalom. Jason Stallman, Olympics editor for The New York Times talks to us about this race and the Men's Hockey competition.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: After a five-month investigation, the NCAA has alleged that the University of Michigan's football program committed major violations. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us with the backstory.

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Google Faces Criticism in Europe

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Three European Internet companies have complained to the EU's competition regulator that Google is choking competition by unfairly promoting its own products above theirs in their search engines.  Can Google fairly advertise other companies that its in competition with?  BBC business correspondent, Russell Padmore, explains.

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Health Care Round Table: The Debate Outside Washington

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tomorrow President Obama will hold his health care summit with House and Senate leaders from both parties.  Earlier in today's show, we spoke with two lawmakers from the House, who are also doctors,  Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Washington State and Rep. Michael Burgess, a Republican from Texas.  Now we bring the conversation full circle, from the lawmakers in Washington back to the public that they serve.

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Japan Reacts to the Congressional Hearing on Toyota

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The president of Japanese car giant Toyota will appear before Congress today as part of a probe into the company's recall of millions of vehicles over sudden acceleration problems, which have been blamed for about 30 U.S. deaths.

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