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Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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Santorum Suspends Campaign

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Despite his best efforts, Santorum always seemed to be two steps behind the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney. And yesterday, he announced that he’d no longer try to catch up. Weig...

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President Obama to Make Buffett Rule Central Focus of Campaign

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The pressure is on. The Senate isn’t set to vote on the so-called “Buffett Rule” until next week. But the White House is already setting the stage to make the rule, which would requir...

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VEEP-Stakes: Who Will Romney Pick?

Monday, April 09, 2012

In the few days since Mitt Romney swept the Wisconsin, Virginia and Washington, DC primaries, the GOP appears to be finally coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor. As Mit...

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Obama vs. the Supreme Court: US Attorney General Issues Memo

Friday, April 06, 2012

Yesterday Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo, assuring the Supreme Court that President Obama respects the authority of the court to overturn federal laws they find unconstitutional. This memo came after Republican challengers to the Affordable Care Act accused the President of pressuring the Court during deliberations. We discuss the controversy with Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law at George Washington University, and Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent.

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President Obama Versus Mitt Romney: The Battle is On

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday President Obama criticized his likely general election opponent Mitt Romney by linking Romney to the latest Republican budget plan. As the likelihood of Romney's GOP nominat...

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Mitt Romney Sweeps Wisconsin, Maryland and District of Columbia

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Mitt Romney continued on the path to securing the Republican presidential nomination last night, winning all 37 delegates in Maryland, all 16 delegates in the District of Columbia, an...

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What Happens if Mitt Romney Loses Wisconsin?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tonight's primary results may ultimately decide the fate of the GOP nomination contest. If Mitt Romney wins Wisconsin, he may effectively seal the deal and his inevitability will like...

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The Agenda: Supreme Court Hears Health Care Arguments, President Obama in South Korea, Consumer Sentiment Reports

Monday, March 26, 2012

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway look at the stories coming up in the week ahead, including the Supr...

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The Republican Problem for Republicans

Friday, March 23, 2012

WNYC

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is leading the pack of GOP hopefuls, but that doesn't mean he's escaped criticism for not being able to unify the Republican party: some say he's not conservative enough, or that he's not likable. Of course, the perceived inability to unify the party isn't unique to Romney.

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2013 Budget Gives Republicans a Chance at Redefinition

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

After a short reprieve, the budget fight is back on in Congress. Today, Congressman Paul Ryan will give a speech introducing his 2013 budget, the Republican answer to the budget Obama...

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New Republican Budget to Cause Rifts in Congress

Monday, March 19, 2012

The budget fight returns to Congress this week. Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is leading the Republican charge to present a budget plan that cuts 2013 federal spending. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans are turning on the agreement the two parties reached last August.

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How Obama's Campaign Video Stacks Up, Politically and Cinematically

Friday, March 16, 2012

The biographical campaign film has a long and proud place in U.S. political theater: from 1952's "The Man from Abilene," about Eisenhower, to 1992's "The Man from Hope," about Bill Clinton, these films have become an essential part of the campaign season. They not only try to appeal to voters' political concerns, they also try to cement in their minds an impression of the candidates' personalities.

The Obama campaign released a 17-minute documentary-style film last night called "The Road We've Traveled." It's narrated by Tom Hanks and directed by David Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth." What does it have to offer, politically and cinematically?

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Transportation Bill Fight Reflects Party Divide

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Senate voted yesterday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety. Todd Zwillich gives the nuts and bolts of the transportation bill and explains the politics behind its delay.  

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GOP Candidates Recalibrate Strategies After Primaries in Alabama and Mississippi

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rick Santorum won both GOP primaries in the South yesterday. He took 35 percent of the vote in Alabama and 33 percent in Mississippi. Do these results spell the end of the road for Newt Gingrich? And what does this mean for Tuesday's third-place winner, delegate leader Mitt Romney?

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Rising Gas Prices: Political Repercussions

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.81 and climbing. As prices rise voters and politicians are more likely to blame the sitting president. But Obama, in his defense, says that this same cycle of blame has been going on for decades. And he's right, according to our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. For example, drilling in ANWAR is proposed every few years or more by republicans. Democrats, for their part, propose taxing large oil companies and opening the strategic petroleum reserve. Unfortunately, none of those proposals would do much for the global price of a gallon of gas.

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Romney Narrowly Clinches Ohio in Super Tuesday's Closest Contest

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The results are in. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged a narrow victory in Ohio, the most hotly contested state, and Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho and Alaska. Elsewhere, Rick Santorum won Oklahoma and Tennessee and Newt Gingrich won his home state of Georgia. But what do these results mean for the rest of the GOP campaign? And do they tell us anything about how the country will vote in November?

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Themes from the GOP Candidate Super Tuesday Speeches

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

After Super Tuesday, the GOP contest is no longer all over the map. The candidates' speeches last night reflected their current status: Romney as the tentative frontrunner, Santorum the conservative with a headwind, Gingrich a factor but probably not a player, and Ron Paul as the embodiment of voter anger.

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Two Veteran Democrats Do Battle in Ohio

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur have been friends for many years, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the attack ads the two Ohio Democrats have been airing against one another. While Republican voters in Ohio cast their ballots for a presidential nominee, Ohio Democrats in district nine will be picking between Kucinich and Kaptur in a Congressional primary. The race is the product of redistricting in Ohio — and it's just the first of many of its kind. In the coming months, 11 primary contests in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California will similarly pit incumbents against each other.

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What's at Stake on Super Tuesday?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Voters in 10 states weigh in on the Republican presidential line-up today in Super Tuesday primary elections and caucuses around the country. Four hundred and thirty-seven delegates are up for grabs -- but also at stake is the momentum of the campaign. Who is out there voting today? Is the Republican primary voter demographic in Idaho and Alaska the same as in Tennessee and Georgia? And who are they voting for?

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The Agenda: Super Tuesday, Gas Prices, Jobs Report

Monday, March 05, 2012

Every Monday, The Takeaway looks at the big news stories from the week ahead. The Agenda includes a preview of tomorrow's Super Tuesday vote, an upcoming jobs report, and other things to look for in the headlines this week.

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