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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: State of the Union, President's Middle Class Task Force, Australian Open

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us for a look at what we might expect from President Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday night.
  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT:  The New York Times' Louse Story tells us about a new task force that President Obama promises will provide recovery and growth to a sector of the economy that’s been sorely overlooked in the recent spate of bail-outs and recovery bills.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us with the latest results from the Australian Open. Just this morning, Rafael Nadal bowed out of the contest after he suffered a knee injury during the quarterfinal against Andy Murray.

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Takeouts: Debt and Deficit, Music Merger, Your Take on Child Sex Abuse

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to announce a three-year freeze in budget spending. Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at the plan that will save an estimated $250 billion over 10 years.
  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department cleared the way for a massive merger between two of the world’s biggest concert promoters, Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The New York Times' Louise Story tells us more.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: On yesterday's show, we talked with two doctors about how much child sex abuse is traumatic to the victim and when. It inspired one listener to call us about her own experience.

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Takeouts: Washington, Sports, Your State of the Union

Monday, January 25, 2010

  • WASHINGTON: Ben Bernanke is seeking confirmation as Fed chairman before his term ends next Sunday. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us if the Senate will play politics with the nomination.
  • SPORTS: After yesterday's NFL conference championships, we now know who's going to the superbowl: The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the game.
  • YOUR STATE OF THE UNION: President Obama gives his first ever State of the Union speech this Wednesday. All week, we're asking listeners and guests for their own version — preferably in six words. We hear some submissions we've been getting so far.

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Takeouts: Power Dynamics in D.C., Air America Folds

Friday, January 22, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown arrives on Capitol Hill, and our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at what's next for the Democrats and health care reform.
  • MEDIA TAKEOUT: Liberal radio network Air America will cease operations, filing bankruptcy after six years on the air. New York Times reporter Brian Stelter looks at why the network failed.

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In Washington: The F Word Everyone Says

Friday, January 22, 2010

This week in Washington has been all about the F word you can say on the air: 'Filibuster.'

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Takeouts: Washington, Starbucks, Your Responses

Thursday, January 21, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:  We speak with our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about how Congressional Democrats are regrouping on health care reform in the wake of losing the Massachussetts Senate race.
  • MONEY TAKEOUT: Starbucks was hit hard by the economic crisis, closing hundreds of stores across the country. New York Times reporter Louise Story explains why things are looking up for the coffee company.
  • RESPONSES: Listeners weigh in on why Democrats lost their Senate seat in Massachussetts.


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Democrats on Health Care: Where Now?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

First off, a personal note: Yes, I was wrong about Massachusetts. I predicted Martha Coakley would likely find a way to win in one of the bluest states in the nation. I also said I was fine with being wrong. So there you go, my crystal ball didn't account for a Democratic blunder this big.

Now then, onto the business at hand:

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Brown Wins Mass. Senate Race, Gives GOP 41st Seat

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Republican Scott Brown has won the late Ted Kennedy’s former Senate seat after a heated battle in Massachusetts. Brown handily defeated Democratic candidate Martha Coakley. The win for Brown is a major defeat for Democrats, who can no longer muster 60 votes to overcome frequent Republican filibusters in the Senate.

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Takeouts: Mass. Election, The Fed and AIG, Listeners

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:  Lawmakers in Washington went to bed yesterday knowing the dynamics of power in the capitol had changed. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich  looks at what's on today's agenda in the White House and Congress.
  • MONEY TAKEOUT: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story talks about the Fed's audit of how it handled AIG - and a Senate re-confirmation hearing coming soon for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.
  • RESPONSES TAKEOUT: We listen to some of our listeners' reactions to a story we aired yesterday about the media coverage of the Haiti earthquake - what worked and what didn't.

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Massachusetts Voters May Determine Fate of Health Care, Obama Agenda

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Today, Massachusetts voters decide who will fill the Senate seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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Massachusetts and the 60-Vote Senate Fallacy

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

There is no doubt: Losing a Massachusetts Senate seat to Republicans on Tuesday would be a devastating defeat for Democrats. It will be a repudiation of President Obama's domestic agenda, a sucker-punch for health care legislation, and a blow to Senate Democrats and their 60-vote lock against filibusters.

But would a Martha Coakley loss to State Sen. Scott Brown really debilitate Obama's agenda in 2010? The answer to that is a lot less clear than you think.

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Takeouts: State of the Union, Conan's IP, Basketball

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich looks ahead to next week's State of the Union address from President Obama and the political context into which he'll be speaking.
  • MONEY TAKEOUT: Conan O'Brien is planning to leave NBC as soon as next week. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story gives us a rundown of the intellectual property he may leave behind.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin gives us a rundown of this weekend's basketball games and the players and teams to watch going forward.

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Takeouts: USAID, NFL, Civil Rights on MLK Day

Monday, January 18, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT:  The USAID says that the search-and-rescue operation in Haiti will officially end sometime today, as relief agencies transition to other recovery efforts. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us the latest on this and the U.S. military's deployment in Haiti.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells about the big upset last night that ended the hopes of the Indianapolis Chargers and guaranteed the New York Jets a place in the AFC finals.
  • MLK DAY TAKEOUT: Femi Oke and Celeste Headlee went to a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and spoke about the future of the civil rights movement with Dr. Roscoe Brown.  Brown is a professor at CUNY graduate center and a former Tuskegee airman

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Takeouts: The Week, Congress, Haitian Community

Friday, January 15, 2010

  • GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK: Our regulary segment with The Week Magazine. We reflect on the past seven days to see who had a good week and who didn’t. We’ll take your nominees anytime.
  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Lawmakers, labor leaders, and President Obama were on Capitol Hill last night saying significant progress has been made towards a final health care bill. Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich was there.
  • COMMUNITY TAKEOUT: The crisis in Haiti has affected many American Hatians living in New York. Takeaway Correspondent Femi Oke reports from a community center in Brooklyn that has become a hub for sending aid to the country. 

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Haiti Takeouts: On the Ground, Congress, Family

Thursday, January 14, 2010

  • ON THE GROUND: We talk with Marc Lacey, Caribbean correspondent for our partner The New York Times, who surveyed Haiti's earthquake wreckage from on high in a small jet. He reports on large buildings that are destroyed and early relief responses.
  • CONGRESS: Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on the U.S. government's efforts to help with Haiti's earthquake recovery.
  • FAMILY: Yesterday on the Takeaway, we united by phone Mallery Thurlow, founder and director of Haiti Foundation Against Poverty, in Grand Rapids, Mich., with her boyfriend France Neptune, an aid worker in Haiti. We speak to her today to see if she's had further contact with him.

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Takeouts: Washington, Money, Haiti

Thursday, January 14, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Lawmakers in Washington have been deadlocked in negotiations to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the Healthcare bill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the negotiations that have made some Democrats really sour.
  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: Leaders from the big four Wall Street banks were summoned to Capitol Hill yesterday. We speak with New York Times finance reporter Louise Story about these hearings.
  • HAITI TAKEOUT: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke yesterday, saying recovery and aid workers are facing "a disaster of yet unknown magnitude" with conservative estimates of a death toll in the high thousands.

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Takeouts: Sen. Reid's Gaffe, Cardinals Top Packers, Cold Weather

Monday, January 11, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich on how comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from 2008 could hurt him in 2010.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses last night's highest scoring playoff game in NFL history, in which the Arizona Cardinals overcame the Green Bay Packers in overtime, 51-45.
  • Weather Takeout: For much of the past couple weeks much of the country has been shivering as frigid temperatures sweep through, especially down south and in Florida where it has affected crops, tropical fish and other wildlife that have had to be saved from frigid waters. Robert Oravec, from the National Weather Service, joins us to look at how much more of the deep-freeze to expect.

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Takeouts: Security Statements, Listener Responses

Friday, January 08, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich was at the White House yesterday, and gives us his read on statements by Homeland Security advisor John Brennan and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to stories on security, cable television, and legal rights for dolphins.

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Intelligence Report on Christmas Day Plot Released

Friday, January 08, 2010

According to an unclassified intelligence report released by the White House on Thursday, several security agencies failed to act on available information that could have prevented the Christmas Day bomber from boarding the plane. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich and Emile Nakhleh, former senior intelligence officer and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the CIA, discuss what went wrong and the recommendations for improvements announced by the administration.

 

Read the White House Unclassified Review at The New York Times

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Takeouts: 'Cadillac' Plans, Dawson to Hall of Fame, Dolphins

Thursday, January 07, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: President Obama has taken sides in a debate over one aspect of health care reform: whether to tax high-cost insurance coverage, sometimes called "Cadillac plans." Many labor unions oppose the idea, but the president is backing it. Todd Zwillich has the details.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about Andre Dawson's induction into Baseball's Hall of Fame, and the NBA's suspension of Gilbert Arenas.
  • Personhood Takeout: We've known for a long time that dolphins are very smart creatures. Our guest says that's an argument for giving them legal rights as "non-human persons." We're joined by Lori Marino, neuroscientist and senior lecturer in the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program at Emory University. [Read "Are Dolphins People, Too?", from The Week]

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