Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Oil Execs' Play Blame Game on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Top executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton – the three companies involved in the massive oil spill that continues to spew in the Gulf Coast – testified on Capitol Hill yesterday, pointing fingers at each other and deflecting blame from their own firms.

Senators were clearly not amused by all the blame game in full swing. "There's this transference of liability, or finger pointing," Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said. "There's going to be plenty of time to figure out who is to blame, who is at fault.”


Takeouts: SEC Chair Testifies on Flash Crash, Another Attack on Chinese Schoolchildren

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT:  The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission warned that it will take time to get to the bottom of last week’s precipitous, if brief, market correction that lead the Dow index to drop almost 1000 points in under an hour. The New York Times' Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story says that hasn’t stopped the country’s top securities regulator from announcing plans to put in place safeguards from preventing a repeat “flash crash.”
  • KILLINGS IN CHINA: A string of brutal attacks on schoolchildren in China has the country reeling. This morning, seven kindergarten children and one teacher were killed after a man attacked them with a meat cleaver. The Chinese government has clamped down on reporting on this most recent story in order to avoid copycat attacks. Damian Grammaticas, BBC reporter in Beijing, fills us in.


Kagan Faces Scrutiny from Right and Left

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's only been a day since President Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, but political forces on both sides of the aisle have already begun to scrutinize the nominee. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich explains what we can expect to hear from both sides as the confirmation hearings get underway and helps detangle the legitimate concerns from the political rhetoric.


Congress to Address 'Flash Crash,' Financial Reform

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Congress will face public pressure this week as it tackles a series of hot-button issues. In the House, the Financial Services Committee has called for a hearing on the "flash crash" that took place last Thursday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 1,000 points in just 30 minutes. And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping to get the financial reform bill complete by the end of the week.


Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune on Chances for a Climate Bill

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Todd interviews Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, who considers whether the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher betters or worsens chances for Congress to pass a climate bill this year.


Takeouts: Gulf Oil Spill Threatens Democrat's Climate Bill, Listener Responses

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

  • Washington Takeout:  Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how the oil spill that threatens the business and environment of the Gulf Coast region is also threatening Congressional Democrats who hoped to pass a sweeping energy and climate reform bill. 
  • Listener Responses: We hear what you had to say about the Times Square bomb attempt and what you think about surveillance cameras in public places in the wake of the incident.


Takeouts: The Politics of Terror; NBA Playoffs

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called Saturday's attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square an act of terror. Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us why and how the politics of terrorism are playing a role in the White House's response.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, recaps last night's action in the NBA playoffs, previews tonight's games, which includes Game 2 between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers.


Takeouts: Obama Roasts Washington at White House Correspondents Dinner, NBA Playoffs, Listeners Respond

Monday, May 03, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Despite sliding approval numbers, a deeply divided Congress and a full plate of national catastrophes, President Obama displayed his lighter side when he roasted Washington, D.C.'s political and journalistic elite at the Washington Correspondent's Dinner. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us who got hit the hardest by the president's jibes.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  Takeaway sports correspondent Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the NBA finals. Will there be a LeBron James/Kobe Bryant showdown next week?
  • LISTENERS RESPOND: Ideas about the good and bad from last week. And why our listeners love Detroit.


Arizona's New Immigration Law Sparks Lawsuits, Protests, and A Roadmap for Reform

Friday, April 30, 2010

Democrats unveiled a framework for immigration reform yesterday, just as cities across the country are bracing for big May Day protests by Immigrant advocacy groups. The groups are hoping to put pressure on Washington to speed up changes to current laws, which some say endanger families with members that have come to the U.S. illegally.


Power Players: Rep. Bennie Thompson on Black Farmer Lobbying

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Black Farmers are on Capitol Hill this week lobbying for payment of a $1.2 Billion settlement ordered to them by a federal judge. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are on their side, so why is it so hard for them to get their check? Todd Zwillich speaks with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) about some of the bureaucratic snags facing groups who don't have the money for lobbyists.


Senate Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul Bill

Thursday, April 29, 2010

After blocking the debate for three days, Republicans in the Senate finally agreed last night to let Democrats move to a debate on the financial overhaul bill. However the Republicans still oppose much of the overhaul bill and have enough power to ultimately filibuster its passage.


Black Farmers Wait for Promised Money from Government

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thousands of African-American farmers are still waiting to receive $1.25 billion in government settlement money stemming from years of discriminatory loan practices by the United States Department of Agriculture. Congress had until March 31 to appropriate the funds but went on a two-week recess without addressing the issue. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joined a group of black farmers during a frustrating day on Capitol Hill as they tried to find out if they would ever get paid. 

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Takeouts: Congress Poised to Face-off Against Facebook, NHL Playoffs

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us why Washington lawmakers are ready to face-off against social networking giant Facebook and its Internet ambitions.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor, highlights the NHL playoffs as he recaps the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes, and previews game seven between the Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals.

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Finance Regulatory Bill Blocked in Senate

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Senate Republicans held their caucus together and blocked debate on a bill to re-regulate the financial industry late Monday afternoon. Only one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, joined the GOP in a procedural move to prevent the bill from coming to the Senate floor. Other Democrats indicated that they would delay the rest of their agenda in order to keep bringing the bill back, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

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Takeouts: Immigration Reform in Democrat's Crosshairs, Your Take on Secret Recipes

Monday, April 26, 2010

  • CONGRESSIONAL TAKEOUT: Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses the new sense of urgency in Washington for immigration reform, and how the Democrats' agenda might get disrupted as a result.
  • LISTENERS TAKEOUT:  Friday, we talked to Todd Wilbur, a cookbook author turned master in the art of cloning secret recipes. This morning, we hear your take on what makes you keep or share kitchen secrets.


Power Players: Sen. John Thune on Financial Reform

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Every week, our own Todd Zwillich walks the halls of power in Washington D.C. and brings back an interview for our podcast, "Power Players." This week, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) talks about the chances for bipartisan financial reform.


Obama Pushes Financial Reform in New York, Congress Debates It on 'Bring Your Kids to Work' Day

Thursday, April 22, 2010

President Obama visits Lower Manhattan today, to make his case for financial regulation at Cooper Union, not far from Wall Street. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about Obama's visit. He looks at the continuing debate over reform in Congress as well, where it is 'bring your kids to work day.'


    Signs of Progress as Congress Debates Financial Reform

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    The financial regulatory reform bill is moving quickly through Congress this week, having already passed the House. But Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at one of biggest flash points as the Senate debates the bill: Derivatives. It's an industry worth about $500-600 trillion and has remained largely free of regulation up to know. Todd explains how Congress is trying to bring sunlight to a typically murky practice.


    Takeouts: Preview of the Legislative Week Ahead, NBA Playoffs

    Monday, April 19, 2010

    • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with a look at what the legislative week has in store for us, up on Capitol Hill.
    • Sports Takeout:  Takeaway Sports correspondent Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the first games of the NBA playoffs. He says there might just be an upset brewing. 


    Takeouts: Obama's Tax Returns Show Frugal First Family, NBA Playoffs

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with analysis of the first family's tax returns.  
    • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matini previews the best games to watch as the NBA playoffs get underway this weekend.