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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Washington Takeout: Troops in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the latest in health care reform and the fight between Republicans and Democrats over troop levels in Afghanistan.

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Washington Takeout: A New Climate Bill

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about a new climate bill introduced by two Democratic Senators: Barbara Boxer, of California; and John Kerry, of Massachusetts.

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Washington: Car Makers and Car Dealers Face Off

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

When GM and Chrysler declared bankruptcy, the court allowed them to prematurely end contracts with car dealers across the nation. Today, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is meeting with auto makers and auto dealers as they try and work out a compensation agreement for dealers left out in the cold. Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, talks us through the meeting.

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Public Option Rejected By Senate Finance Committee

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yesterday, both Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) offered amendments that would have reintroduced a government-run insurance option to the health care reform bill under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee. Both amendments were rejected by the committee. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, was there for the vote and he joins us to talk about yesterday's rejection by the Senate Finance Committee, the assertion by Sen. Max Baucus' (D-Mont.) that he can count to 60, and whether the public option has any future.

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CBO Says Public Option Would Save $100 Billion

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two of the Senate Finance Committee's more liberal Democrats have submitted amendments to add a public option to the committee's health care reform plan; it comes on the heels of a Congressional Budget Office report showing that a public option would save the U.S. over $100 billion. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, joins us with the details.

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How Health Care's Public Option Might Pass

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In the Senate Finance Committee today, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) are introducing an amendment to add the hotly-contested public option to the Finance Committee's health care bill. We talk with Douglas Schoen, Democratic pollster and former Clinton consultant, and our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains the ramifications of the amendment.

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Takeout: Health Care Debate Heats Up

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins us to do some fact checking on health care reform and Medicare-cost claims from both sides of the Congressional aisle.

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Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Steal the Show at G-20

Friday, September 25, 2009

Nuclear disarmament is high on the international agenda this week with discussions at the United Nations and the G-20 summit. Adding to the sense of urgency are new reports that Iran has a second uranium enrichment plant, despite having previously admitted only to one. The U.S. and Iran are set to meet in a series of high-level talks next week. In Pittsburgh this morning, President Obama spoke about the need for Iran to halt their nuclear ambitions. GlobalPost's Charlie Sennott explains the international repercussions of this new revelation while Cindy Skrzycki, also from GlobalPost, joins us from Pittsburgh with the reactions from the G-20 meeting.

If you missed it, here are President Obama's comments on Iran's secret enrichment site:

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Washington: Filling the Seat (and Shoes) of Ted Kennedy

Friday, September 25, 2009

As announced yesterday, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate will be filled by long-time family friend and former chair of the Democratic National Committee Paul Kirk. Will soon-to-be Sen. Kirk provide the much-need 60th vote to push health care reform through the Senate? The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us his insights.

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Washington: Health Care Debate Drags On

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Senate Finance Committee continues to mark up Chairman Max Baucus' (D-Mont.) health care bill, but things might get interesting today when two Democratic Senators offer amendments, including public health insurance options. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), meanwhile, wants to go home. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has all the details.

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Washington: The White House's Big Pharma Deal

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joins us with a look at a deal the White House reached earler this year with drug companies. The deal stipulated that pharmaceutical companies would cut name-brand drug prices by 50% for seniors who aren't covered under Medicare's drug plan. In exchange, the White House promised no further cuts to the pharmaceutical industry. While both the White House and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) want to honor the deal, some Democrats are appalled by the seeming kowtowing to special interests.

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Washington: All Eyes on Sen. Snowe

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) had hoped that the Senate Finance Committee would be finished marking up his health care bill by Friday. As the deadline looms large, the committee appears to be slowing down, despite Democratic majorities in Congress urging quick action. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains why time is of the essence and why all eyes are on Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

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The Week Ahead in Washington

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today we look ahead to events in Washington, including an update on the health care bill, and the effects of President Obama's media blitz. Our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich drops by to give us a preview of the week ahead on Capitol Hill.

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Baucus Caucus Far From Raucous

Friday, September 18, 2009

Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) has been getting a lot of attention lately for his leadership in the health care debate ... not all of it good. Our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how isolated Baucus is these days on Capitol Hill.

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Suspect Arrested in Yale Murder

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A suspect has been arrested in the murder of Yale pharmacology graduate student Annie Le. Raymond Clark, who the police called a "person of interest" in the investigation earlier in the week, was taken into custody after DNA evidence linked him to the killing of Le. Clark was a lab technician in the building where Le worked and where her body was found on Sunday. According to police, a digital trail of swipe card access records led them to suspect Clark, who was then found with scratch marks on his body, police say. He is being held on a $3 million bond. Le was to be married the day her body was found. The Yale community has been deeply shaken by the crime. Thomas Kaplan, the editor of the Yale Daily News, gives us his reaction.

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U.S. Abandoning Plans for Eastern Europe Missile Shield

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The United States has decided to abandon contentious plans for a missile defense shield intended to be set up in Poland and the Czech Republic. The move should ease U.S.-Russia relations, as the planned missile shield had been causing a great deal of strife between the former Cold War rivals. BBC correspondent Richard Galpin has the first official Russian reaction on this breaking news story.

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Tech: Automated Will Power

Thursday, September 17, 2009

If you've ever sat down to do work on a computer, you know that "productivity" and "access to the internet" frequently fight each other tooth and nail. When you're supposed to be writing a proposal, you're tempted by YouTube highlights of Tom Brady’s game winner against the Buffalo Bills. Or maybe it's new pictures of your friend’s baby shower on Flickr, or your Twitter feed. A number of new software applications try to act as traffic cops, shielding you from distractions. New York Times and Slate writer Farhad Manjoo tells us about some of these productivity tools. We also speak to Tony Wright, who founded a productivity and analytics company that created an application called RescueTime.

Read Farhad Manjoo's article in The New York Times

Find out more about the other applications mentioned on air:

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In Egypt, American Couple On Trial For Adopting

Thursday, September 17, 2009

An American couple went on trial in Egypt today. Their crime? Attempted adoption. (Or child trafficking, depending on who you ask.) Iris Botros and Louis Andros from Durham, North Carolina claim they were trying to adopt twin orphans from an orphanage attached to a church in Cairo, but instead they wound up in a cage in a Cairo courtroom, convicted of child trafficking. They were given a two year sentence for their crimes. Yolande Knell is the BBC's correspondent in Cairo; she joins us with more of the story.

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Top Polluters Meet in Washington

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Copenhagen Conference, planned for December this year, aims to create a "Copenhagen Protocol" to address worldwide climate change.  In preparation for this winter's conference, representatives of 17 countries are meeting in Washington today for a major forum on energy and climate. Included in the meeting are some of the world's biggest polluters, including China and the United States. David Biello, associate editor for Scientific American, joins us with a look at what's on (and what should be on) this group's agenda as they prepare for Copenhagen.

To see climate change in action, watch this video from Extreme Ice Survey, with 26 time lapse cameras in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, and Glacier National Park, the Extreme Ice Survey is creating the most comprehensive photographic survey of glacial change.

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President Obama's Media Blitz

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This weekend President Obama is planning on a media blitz. He is slated to appear on five political talk shows (and David Letterman) in a continuing bid to take back ownership of health care reform debate. James Morone, political science professor at Brown University and author of The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office, looks at whether the president is doing enough to reclaim the health care issue.

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