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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Copenhagen Climate Conference Begins

Monday, December 07, 2009

The most anticipated conversation about the environment in years will kick off in Copenhagen today. It'll last seven days: Leaders from 192 countries, including President Obama, will attend at least some of the conference. by. International Herald Tribute correspondent James Kanter joins us from Copenhagen to tell us what's on the agenda there. Meanwhile, climate legislation seems low on the list of major priorities for the Obama administration. Politico's Ben Smith joins us to talk about how, with healthcare and financial reform on the agenda, serious legislative action on climate will likely be a long time coming.

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As the Economic Downturn Hits Under the Christmas Tree

Monday, December 07, 2009

For many families the holidays are a time of togetherness, good food and especially, presents. But in the middle of an economic downturn, it is harder than ever for many families to stack the hearth high with gifts for the kids. We talk with two parents who have been thinking a lot about downsizing their holidays. Marvin Powell lost his job with General Motors in October, and when he tried to explain a leaner Christmas to his son, the six-year-old suprised him with some youthful wisdom, saying "Daddy, [presents] are not even what its about. It's about being thankful." Ylonda Gault Caviness, longtime parenting journalist for the website iVillage, shares her tips on how to explain a scaled-back holiday to children.

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Senate to Vote on Abortion Coverage in Healthcare Bill

Monday, December 07, 2009

The President made a rare visit to Capitol Hill this Sunday to urge Democratic lawmakers to "finish the job" of hammering out the details in the health care reform bill currently on the Senate floor.  The Democrats need a 'supermajority' of 60 Senators to keep the bill moving in the face of determined opposition from Senate Republicans. Divisive issues within the majority party leaving the future of the bill uncertain.  This morning, the Senate is scheduled to vote on an amendment which will determine whether or not taxpayer money goes to paying for abortion procedures.  The New York Times' David Herszenhorn joins us to explain exactly how this morning's vote could prove a tipping point for national health care reform as a whole.

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This Week's Agenda with Reihan Salam and Adam Mynott

Monday, December 07, 2009

Reihan Salam, fellow at the New America Foundation; and Adam Mynott, BBC world affairs correspondent, look at the week's agenda: what to look for from Copenhagen as international climate talks kicks off; what's ahead for health care in the Senate; what President Obama could say in his new-jobs speech on Tuesday, and what's in store for an overhaul of America's financial system.

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Takeouts: TARP, Openly Gay Bishop, Undefeated NFL Teams

Monday, December 07, 2009

  • Money Takeout: Louise Story, of The New York Times,tells us about the unexpectedly good news about TARP bailout money: almost all of it will be paid back! So the next question is, what to spend the nearly $700 Billion on?
  • Religion Takeouts: Kevin Eckstrom, editor for Religion News Service, talks about the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles' election of the nation's second openly gay bishop.
  • Sports Takeouts: Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, recaps Sunday's NFL action including Michael Vick's comeback to Atlanta, and the Saints and Colts both keeping the perfect season hopes alive.

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Credit Crunch Leaves Small Businesses Wanting

Monday, December 07, 2009

At last week's White House Jobs Summit, small business owners from across the country pressed President Obama on dozens of issues related to the economic downturn. Credit, though, was a central issue: The credit crunch has prevented thousands of businesses from obtaining loans to expand, shift gears, or even just fund day-to-day operations. Today, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley will unveil a strategy intended to help small business owners get credit. One such business owner, Dawn P. Jackson, is the owner of NuDawn Marketing Group in Maryland and president of Women Business Owners of Prince George's Country. Dawn hoped to expand her small marketing business, but she has been discouraged from applying for credit after several banks told her that she was unlikely to get any. Maryland's Secretary of Commerce, Christian Johannson, joins us with a preview of what the governor's plan entails.

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Unemployment Numbers Lower Than Expected

Friday, December 04, 2009

We talk with our friend, University of Maryland economist and business professor Peter Morici, about what this morning's slightly-reduced unemployment numbers say about the state of the economy.

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Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano

Friday, December 04, 2009

This week, President Obama proclaimed that terrorists in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan are plotting new attacks aimed at American soil. The person tasked with preventing those attacks is Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. She joins us to talk about the biggest dangers appearing on her daily threat matrix, and how she hopes to approach the thorny issue of immigration reform. (click through for the full interview transcript)

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Arizona Child Care Hit Hard by State Budget Cuts

Friday, December 04, 2009

In cash-strapped Arizona this week, a program that provides monthly subsidies of about $350 to help working parents pay for child care turned away their 10,000 child. Those 10,000 children are now on a waiting list, but Bruce Liggett, executive director of the Arizona Child Care Assocation, says  those kids will probably never get off that list. Arizona's budget woes are well documented: The Pew Center said this month that a massive deficit combined with a high foreclosure rate have given Arizona the dubious distinction of being the state with the second-worst fiscal woes in the nation. (Only California is worse off, says Pew.) We also talk to Sandra Hanner, director of A Kiddie's Kingdom daycare in Phoenix. She says her daycare is feeling the budget cuts acutely, and that she might have to start laying off staff.

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'World Have Your Say' on Tiger Woods

Friday, December 04, 2009

More than a week after Tiger Woods' car accident, the buzz about his personal life shows no signs of waning – and it’s not just in the United States. The debate about privacy, celebrity, and what we have the right to know has gone global. The BBC's Madeline Morris gives us a sampling of the international conversation on Woods from 'World Have Your Say.'

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President Obama, Jobs, and the Congressional Black Caucus

Friday, December 04, 2009

Politico is calling it a "Family Feud" on Capital Hill. Mounting tension between the Congressional Black Caucus and one-time member, now-President Barack Obama, seems to be coming to a head.  Yesterday, our guest, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), issued a statement accusing the President of not doing enough to create jobs for people of color. While Lee downplays any friction, the criticism implies growing frustration from the caucus with the country's first African-American president.

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Takeouts: NBC/Comcast, NFL Preview, Listeners on Jobs

Friday, December 04, 2009

  • Business Takeout: Yesterday, Comcast announced a deal to buy a majority stake in NBC from General Electric. TIME media and TV critic James Poniewozik discusses how this new media conglomerate will affect TV viewers.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps last night's matchup between the Buffallo Bills and New York Jets, and previews NFL games to watch this weekend.
  • Listener Takeout: While President Obama was holding his jobs summit at the White House, Takeaway listeners conducted a summit of their own.  Listeners across the country called in with advice for the President on job creation and development.

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Overhauling States' Stretched Unemployment Funds

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release November's unemployment numbers this morning; most observers expect unemployment to rise once again. Millions of Americans are either un- or under-employed, and many are making ends meet with unemployment checks. Some of the state unemployment funds paying those checks, however, are going bone dry. Carl Guzzardi, tax director for the Connecticut labor department, says the state is having to borrow billions of dollars. The Ford Foundation is helping many states overhaul their unemployment systems; Director of Quality Employment Helen Neuborne joins us to describe their efforts. And Georgia's Labor Commissioner, Michael Thurmond, discusses Georgia's attempts to overhaul their unemployment system.

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Weekend Movies: 'Brothers,' 'Everybody's Fine,' 'Up in the Air'

Friday, December 04, 2009

For this week's movie roundup, contributor Rafer Guzman reviews "Brothers," with Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tobey McGuire; "Everybody's Fine," with Robert DeNiro and Drew Barrymore; and "Up in the Air," with George Clooney. 

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Detroiters Tell their Car Stories at The Moth

Friday, December 04, 2009

Last night the storytellers at The Moth in Detroit took on the topic closest to Motor City's heart: cars. Alex Trajano, host of the event, shares the winning story with us and some observations on what happens when you make an open call to Detroiters to tell car stories in public. 

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Takeouts: Journalism for Sale, World Cup Draw, "The Waiting Room"

Friday, December 04, 2009

  • Business Takeout: Louise Story tells us about a controversial new procedure at the Dallas Morning News and several other papers owned by the A.H. Belo Corporation, which asks some journalists to run their stories by the paper's sales department as well as by editors.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses what's at stake for international soccer teams at the much anticipated World Cup draw, scheduled for later today in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • "The Waiting Room" Takeout:  The Takeaway is staying connected to Americans seeking healthcare with "The Waiting Room," a multimedia project and film documentary that collects interviews with patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland California.  Hear Producer/Director Peter Nicks on the genesis of "The Waiting Room."  Here's a recent video from the project:

Watch more from "The Waiting Room" here.

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Contractor Roles Increase As Afghanistan War Escalates

Friday, December 04, 2009

You might call military contractors the absent presence in President Obama’s Tuesday speech announcing his new strategy in Afghanistan. There are currently 104,000 military contractors supporting the American mission there, and those numbers will grow as more troops deploy. Contractors serve meals, deliver munitions, run security for the U.S. Ambassador in Kabul, and help train Afghan police units... and according to an article in Vanity Fair this week, Erik Prince, CEO of Xe – the company formerly known as Blackwater – was involved in assembling hit teams targeting al-Qaida members.  Robert Young Pelton, author of "Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror," and Allison Stanger, author of "One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy" join us to discuss how much contractors cost the U.S., and how accountable they are to the government who hired them.

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Takeouts: Bernanke, Congress, Listeners on Afghanistan

Thursday, December 03, 2009

  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to President Obama's speech and plans for the war in Afghanistan, as well as our piece on vinyl records
  • Money Takeout: Louise Story of The New York Times explains why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is taking steps to slow down the re-confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich offers a wrap-up of Capitol Hill news you may have missed. The focus this week is on our Afghanistan strategy, Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing, health care reform, and the never-ending saga of the White House party crashers.

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President to Send Additional Troops to Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In a speech at West Point last night, President Obama announced he will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan starting early next year.  He also discussed an exit strategy that he hopes to start in July, 2011. In a brief trip through the looking glass, it's the Republicans who (mostly) seem to have Obama's back this time and not the Democrats. Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has reactions on Capitol Hill, from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), to President Obama's Afghanistan policy.  We're also joined by Michael Gerson, President George W. Bush's chief speech writer from 2000 to 2006 and now a senior research fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement.

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Takeouts: War Funding, States' Funding, Ticketing Tiger

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich says now that President Obama has laid out his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, another war is beginning: the fight over how we're going to pay for it.
  • Business Takeout: Louise Story of The New York Times looks at the hard line on debt some governors may take, and tells us what trade-offs that means for cash-strapped state budgets.
  • Sports Takeout: Now that the Florida Highway Patrol has declared Tiger Woods' car accident a single-car accident worthy of a $164 ticket and 4 points, we ask Ibrahim Abdul-Matin how this will play out for golf's public image.

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