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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

This Week's Agenda: Fallout from Afghan Civilian Deaths, Toyota Hearings, Health Care Summit

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our weekly look ahead at the news for the next seven days with Marcus Mabry, international business editor for The New York Times, and Jonathan Marcus from the BBC. This week: the fallout from a NATO air strike that killed a number of Afghan civilians; what's in store for Toyota executives as they face a grilling from U.S. lawmakers; and how Republicans are preparing to face President Obama at his health care summit.

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Takeouts: Harry Reid's Jobs Bill, Bode Miller Wins Gold, Listeners' Top Sports Movie for Sports-Haters

Monday, February 22, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: An update from Time Magazine Washington correspondent Jay Newton-Small on legislation President Obama just introduced that would crack down on insurance companies. It's the first time the president has introduced legislation in the health care debate.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: From Vancouver, New York Times reporter, Jason Stallman recaps the Olympics weekend, including the U.S.- Canada hockey team and Bode Miller's gold performance in the super combined.
  • LISTENER RESPONSE: All weekend our listeners called in with their nominations for the top sports movies for people who hate sports. We hear some of your favorites.

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New Rules for Credit Card Issuers

Monday, February 22, 2010

President Obama signed the CARD Act back in May 2009, but the new regulations on credit card issuers took until today to come into effect. The law was designed to protect consumers from many of the hidden fees, rate changes and small print traps that cost Americans $15 billion each year, but some aspects of the bill changed along the way. Now that it's here, how will it affect your monthly statements?

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Black Farmers Win Settlement from Government

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Obama administration announced a $1.25 billion settlement yesterday, resolving a decades-long fight by thousands of black farmers who say the Agriculture Department discriminated against them in loan programs. At times, this discrimination forced them to lose their farms.

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45 Years After the Assassination of Malcolm X

Friday, February 19, 2010

Malcolm X was assassinated 45 years ago this weekend. Earlier this year, WNYC Radio unearthed a 1960s interview between the civil rights leader and a reporter named Eleanor Fischer. On this somber anniversary, we consider Malcolm X’s legacy through the rediscovered tape, which has not been heard since the 1960s. We also speak to two people whose lives were profoundly affected by his leadership.

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Our Man in Dubai: A Spy Novelist on a Real Life Assassination

Friday, February 19, 2010

The assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh last month in a Dubai hotel room has been compared to the plot of a cheap spy novel. Bad costumes, security footage, and Interpol all make for a good thread.  

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Good Week/Bad Week: Manure for Valentine's Day, Kevin Smith's Bad Airplane Ride

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Valentine's Day message made out of cow manure tops our good week list, while Kevin Smith gets a nod for having a rough time on a Southwest Airlines flight when he was booted off for being too fat. In conjunction with The Week magazine, we take a look at who had a good week and who had a bad week and as always, we take your suggestions.

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Takeouts: Olympics Looks to Skeleton Event, IRS Building Hit in Austin, Texas

Friday, February 19, 2010

  • AUSTIN PLANE CRASH: Joseph Andrew Stack allegedly flew his small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas after confessing on his website in a rambling screed against the U.S. government. Ian Crawford, news editor for KUT in Austin, Tex. brings us the latest.
  • OLYMPICS: We preview a sport that many people didn't know existed: The Skeleton. New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman explains.

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Experts Weigh in on Early High School Graduation

Friday, February 19, 2010

Yesterday, we talked about high schools in eight states that are considering an initiative to let students place out of their senior year in high school and enter community college. It sparked a heated debate among listeners on the merits of the program, so we revisit the issue with a psychology professor and an expert in early graduation.

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Sports Movies for People Who Hate Sports

Friday, February 19, 2010

For all the people out there who couldn't care less about the Olympics, NASCAR or the Super Bowl, but are forced to live in a world where everyone else does, this week's movie segment is for you. The topic: sports movies for people who hate sports.

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Some See Iran's Influence on Upcoming Iraq Elections

Friday, February 19, 2010

Iraq's elections, scheduled for March 7, have already led to a spike in violent attacks throughout the country. Now, in Washington, there's concern that Iran is attempting to influence those elections.

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Dalai Lama's White House Visit Invokes the Ire of Chinese Government

Friday, February 19, 2010

President Barack Obama complicated U.S./China relations by hosting the Dalai Lama at the White House yesterday. The meeting was not a state visit and the fact that it took place in the Map Room rather than the Oval Office means that the conversation was more symbolic than official.  However, the White House drew strong criticism from China just for hosting the Dalai Lama.

 

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Takeouts: Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rate, Men's Olympic Figure Skating, Tiger Woods' Press Conference

Friday, February 19, 2010

  • MONEY: Yesterday, the Federal Reserve raised the interest rate it charges on short-term emergency loans to banks, a sign that the Fed is exiting from measures they put in place during the financial crisis. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story fills us in on how this rate hike will affect regular Americans.
  • SPORTS: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells us about the highly anticipated Tiger Woods press conference. Woods may not have the answers we're looking for.
  • OLYMPICS: New York Times Olympics editor Jason Stallman joins us with the latest news from Vancouver, including a full report on men's figure skating.

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Assessing Strategy, One Week Into Marjah Offensive

Friday, February 19, 2010

It's been one week since NATO and Afghan forces began their offensive in Marjah, Afghanistan. In that time, much of the Taliban has fled the region and key leaders have been caught. But will controlling the city help defeat the Taliban in the long run? 

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8 of 10 Haiti Missionaries Charged with Kidnapping Return to US

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eight of the 10 missionaries from Boise, Idaho who were charged with trying to take Haitian children out of the country illegally have been freed and are now back in the U.S. They were released by a Haitian judge on Wednesday, nearly three weeks after they were jailed for trying to take a group of children out of the earthquake-stricken country.

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Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Pluto's Discovery

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eighty years ago an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh, who worked at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, made a discovery that would capture the imagination of space enthusiasts for generations. He found Pluto.

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Should Women Be on the Front Lines?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

With the recent announcement that the administration may repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," there has been much talk about issues of equality when it comes to the military. But another another group is also struggling for equal military opportunities: women. The current policy held by the Department of Defense does not allow women in ground units where they might engage in direct combat.

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High Schools in 8 States Try Early Graduation

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Eight states are implementing a radical new program in high schools for next year that will allow students to graduate early and enter into two-year community colleges, if they pass the right tests. We speak to a top education official and a high school teacher involved in the program to find out how the program will work.

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Takeouts: Obama to Establish Debt Commission, Authorities Target Shady Business Practice, Glitches at Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 18, 2010

  • DEBT TAKEOUT: President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today, setting up a bipartisan commission to examine ways to reduce our soaring deficit. Walter Alarcon, a staff writer for The Hill, joins us with a look at a bitterly divided Congress.
  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us why federal and state authorities are going after companies that try to pass off regular employees as private contractors.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: Freelance sports writer Dan Friedell joins us with some thoughts on how the Vancouver Olympics differ from the games in Beijing. He says the 2008 Games was a well-oiled machine, while the 2010 Games has seen glitch after glitch. You may be surprised which one Dan thinks is more fun. 

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Battling Rising Insurance Costs in Washington and Closer to Home

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Later this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to release a report criticizing insurance companies for their dramatically increasing insurance premiums.

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