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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: Congress, NBA Twittering, Media on Party Crashers

Monday, November 30, 2009

  • Congress Takeout: From Washington, Todd Zwillich looks ahead to the continuing tussle over health care reform in the Senate.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses half-time Twittering in the NBA and upcoming NFL games.
  • Media Takeout: The New York Times' Brian Stelter says the couple who crashed President Obama's first state dinner are asking for big bucks for their first interview about the incident, hoping to cash in before everyone stops caring ... unless it's already too late.

 

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Takeouts: White House Turkey, Charlie Weis, Holiday Movies

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has the story of a presidential pardon taking place on the Hill.  (psst... it's just the annual White House turkey.)
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says Notre Dame's head football coach, Charlie Weis, may soon be out of a job. We'll take a look at possible successors. 
  • Movie Takeout: Takeaway movie contributor Karina Longworth looks at what's worth watching over the holiday weekend.

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Health Reform: Helping Pay the Costs of Elder Care?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We're talking about the costs of caring for Grandma, and whether they're going to get any cheaper with health care reform. The CLASS ACT – short for 'Community Living Assistance Services and Support' – is a section of the Senate's health care bill. It was introduced by the late Senator Edward Kennedy to lower the cost of long term care for sick or aging family members, and would allow people to collect daily cash benefits of about $50 to $70 a day to pay for home care, adult day programs or nursing homes after paying premiums for five years. The goal is offer a voluntary long term care alternative to Medicaid and private nursing home insurance.

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us how likely it is the CLASS ACT will remain in any final bill. Then Paula Span, author of "When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions," tells us how important this care is; along with Ilze Earner, who cares for her mom at home and her father in a nursing home.

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Takeouts: Afghan Strategy, National Debt, Gov. Sanford's Ethics Battle

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich debriefs us on President Obama's finishing touches on a new Afghanistan war policy.
  • Business Takeout: Louise Story of The New York Times brings us fair warning of the dangers of the rising national debt ahead of today's GDP numbers. 
  • Political Takeout:  Mark Quinn, host of SCETV's "The Big Picture," explains that embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford may have to pay for his allegedly use of state funds for private gains.

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The History of Big Fixes in Congress

Monday, November 23, 2009

On Saturday night, Democrats in the Senate secured the 60 votes necessary to introduce health care legislation to weeks of debate and amendment proposals. The vote signaled a further advance in the movement to overhaul America's ailing health care system and, by extension, its economy. But it seems that the process of fixing things has been going on for an awfully long time now. We discuss the history of big legislative efforts with Theda Skocpol, professor of government and sociology at Harvard University, and our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.

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Washington: First Public Hearings on Fort Hood, Important Vote on Health Care Reform

Friday, November 20, 2009

The first public hearings on the Fort Hood shootings got underway on Capitol Hill yesterday. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us why the Senate was so focused on the question of terrorism.

Todd also previews an important test vote on health care reform in the Senate happening this weekend. He says there are three holdouts in the party who have not yet said if they'll vote to approve the current bill. Here's who they are:

  • Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska: Opposes the public option, thinks the bill costs too much, and doesn’t think that the abortion prohibitions are strict enough. However he has left the door open that he may well vote yes.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana: Has similar problems with the bill. She has strongly suggested that she’s for health care reform, but she has not said how she’ll vote yet.
  • Sen. Blanch Lincoln of Arkansas: The third and most unpredictable holdout. She’s a moderate Democrat facing a tough reelection who opposes the public option and has given no indication of whether she’ll take the politically difficult step of falling in line with Democrats and President Obama.

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Attorney General, Senators Spar Over KSM Trial

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder faced energetic questioning from senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday; our own Todd Zwillich was there, and joins us, along with Matthew Waxman, associate professor of national security law at Columbia Law School.

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Takeouts: Breaking up Banks, Baseball Awards, The Value

Thursday, November 19, 2009

  • Business Takeout: The House Financial Services Committee passed a measure yesterday that would let the government break up large banks, even if they're healthy. New York Times reporter Louise Story tells us why.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes a look at baseball's Managers of the year and attempts to predict who could win the NL Cy Young Award.
  • The Value: Farai Chideya interviews Tanya Selvaratnama, a theater actor who is organizing a book drive for Sri Lankan children. Click through for a video of their interview.

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Senate Dems' Health Bill Unveiled

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Senate Democrats unveiled their health care bill [pdf, 2.5mb] yesterday - a massive tome of more than two thousand pages that the non-partisan CBO estimates will cost $849 billion over ten years. That's below the limit of $900 billion that President Obama set - and a figure that would actually decrease the deficit. Drafters of the bill patted themselves on the back during an evening press converence yesterday, breaking into laughter when Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) flahed the "V" for victory sign. But the wrangling and political horse-trading aren't over yet, and that "V" may yet prove premature. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says fights over abortion and the "public option" just aren't going away. Paul Starr is a veteran of these kind of debates. He is currently a professor of sociology and public policy at Princeton University, and was a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton White House. He wrote the book "The Social Transformation of American Medicine." Starr weighs in on whether the massive bill can slow the rise in health care spending or whether that goal is simply a pipe dream.

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Takeouts: Holder Hearings, Retailers, Listeners

Thursday, November 19, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich was at a hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday where Attorney General Eric Holder defended his decision to try confessed 9/11 'mastermind' Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York.
  • Business Takeout: Retailers are struggling this holiday season, but luxury sellers like Saks Fifth Avenue are cutting inventory, so consumers can't count on blowout sales. New York Times reporter Louise Story explains this novel approach.
  • Listeners: We received a lot of responses to yesterday's story about a physicians' group recommending people wait for particular cancer screenings.

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Takeouts: Jobs, Carbon Offsets, Stimulus Payback?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Our friend in Washington, Todd Zwillich, tells us about Sen. Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) next moves for health care reform and new efforts by Congress to create jobs.
  • Business Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, fact-checks a claim that some families will have to repay some of the stimulus money they received this year. 
  • Environment Takeout: The New York Times' Elizabeth Rosenthal reports on the efficacy of carbon offset programs.

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Takeouts: BofA Testimony, Redskins' Name, Fed. Court Filibuster

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

  • Business Takeout: The New York Times' Louise Story previews what some Wall Street executives will tell Congress later today about bailout money and the Bank of America/Merill Lynch merger.
  • Washington Takeout: President Obama's first appointment to the federal courts is being met by threats of a GOP fillibuster in the Senate today. Todd Zwillich examines the roots of the opposition.
  • Sports Takeout: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us with news of a football match happening off the field, as the Supreme Court decides not to weigh in on the debate over re-naming the Washington Redskins.

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Takeouts: DC on KSM, Monday Night Football, Listeners

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: We take a quick look at politicians' reactions to the Fort Hood shootings and the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in civilian court. Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, describes the view from Congress.
  • Sports Takeout: We recap a Browns/Ravens game which nearly put Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin to sleep.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners react to our story on college students' visits home and Sarah Palin's just-released book.

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Reconciling Congress

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Guantanamo decision isn't the only big news out of Washington this week. With health care, Afghanistan, and bank reform on its plate, Congress has lots of business to take care of. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the Takeaway, discusses the upcoming week. He also explains how things will get ...

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Terror Trial in NYC

Monday, November 16, 2009

Self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will be tried in a New York City court: find out what security measures will be taken and what precedent it sets for future terror trials. Plus: conflicts between African Americans and African immigrants; Todd Zwillich gives a primer on congressional procedure; and Merryl ...

Takeouts: Health Care Costs, Weekend Movies, Listeners on China

Friday, November 13, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich on a new report from the Business Roundtable, touted by Senate Democrats, that suggests health care costs will skyrocket without reform.
  • Movies Takeout: New York Times film critic A.O. Scott previews this weekend's big releases: "2012" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," but eschews "Pirate Radio."
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners tell us why they think China will rule the world.

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Takeouts: AMA on Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Pay at AIG; NFL

Thursday, November 12, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich says many people were surprised when the American Medical Association took a position that the U.S. military's policy towards gay service members – 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' – is harmful to the health of gay servicemen and women.
  • Business Takeout: New York Times reporter Louise Story joins us to discuss frustration over executive compensation at AIG and other bailed-out companies.
  • Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about tonight's Bears/49ers matchup in the NFL, as well as a controversy below the Mason-Dixon line over a fight song at "Ole Miss."

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Takeouts: Reid's Dilemma, Goldman Sachs and 'God's work,' Listeners

Thursday, November 12, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may face sharp criticism and intense pressure from groups on both sides of the abortion debate, when the House health care bill and the contested "Stupak amendment" goes to the Senate.
  • Business Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story takes us through the recent boost in charity at Goldman Sachs – where's the money's going and why the boost now?
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our question on whether America does enough for its veterans.

 

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Sen. Dodd's Proposed Bank Regulations

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The financial reform bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), chair of the Senate Banking Committee, would dramatically change the way U.S. banks are monitored. But with resistance from both Republicans and Democrats, the bill is unlikely to pass through the Senate before the end of the year. Here to tell us more about it is our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, along with John Cassidy, New Yorker staff writer and author of the book, "How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities."

 

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Takeouts: Health Care, Baseball, Job Advice

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich handicaps the chances for health care reform in the Senate after President Bill Clinton came to Capitol Hill to deliver a pep talk.
  • Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the 2009 Gold Glove awards in baseball.
  • Listener Takeout: Listeners respond to our conversation on why it might be better to leave your job, even in a dreary job market, rather than staying for the long haul.

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