Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

House Takes Up 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'; Senate Eyes START

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

As this Congress's lame duck period winds on, the last Democratic priorities come to the chambers' floors for consideration. With guarded encouragement from Senate centrists, the House of Representatives plans to take up a simple bill to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, while the Senate considers confirming the START agreement with Russia. Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the chances of these bills in the House and Senate. 

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Senate Passes Tax Cut Deal

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The White House/GOP deal to extend both the across-the-board Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits passed the Senate yesterday. Next stop: the House of Representatives. But unlike the Senate, the House's members on both sides are further out on the fringes, making a "yea" vote for the deal more difficult to garner. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to look ahead at the wrangling to come.

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Republicans Block Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Friday, December 10, 2010

Senate Republicans blocked what may have been one of the last real attempts to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy before Republicans take control of the House next year. But all is not lost for those supporting repeal. Yesterday outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted: "An army of allies stands ready to pass standalone repeal in House." Currently, Democrats need only two GOP Senators to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. In January, they will need the support of at least seven Republicans. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains why this is such a crucial moment for Democrats to push through a repeal of the policy.


Dream Act: A Snowball's Chance in Congress?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

There are a lot of items on the agenda today for Congress: votes on the so-called Dream Act, a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, and tax cuts. But will any of them pass? We speak with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich to get a better idea of what might actually get through Congress and what's likely to be dead on arrival. 


GOP, White House Reach Deal on Tax Cuts, Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The White House and Senate Republicans reached a tentative agreement yesterday that would see a GOP priority, Bush-era tax cuts extended for rich and poor alike, accepted in return for a Democratic priority: extending unemployment benefits to help keep the economy moving. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich watched the deal in the making.

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The Agenda: Wrangling Over Tax Cuts, Euro Zone Debt

Monday, December 06, 2010

Will we or will we not see an extension to the Bush-era tax cuts? That is what we’re all waiting to see play out this week. Democrats want to return to Clinton-era taxes on the wealthy, and Republicans are holding out for preserving the status quo. But President Obama and Democrats may be backing off on their stance, as a compromise looks like it could be in the works. The Bush-era cuts would be temporarily extended to everyone, rich and poor, for two years...if unemployment benefits are extended as well.


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Exit Interview: Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.)

Friday, December 03, 2010

After 35 years representing Minnesota constituents in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar will empty his office on Capitol Hill at the end of this month. Oberstar currently serves as the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a position he has held since 2007. He is one of dozens of incumbents voted out of office earlier this year during midterm elections. What are his thoughts on the eve of his departure?


House Censures Rep. Charlie Rangel

Friday, December 03, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) became only the 23rd Representative to be officially censured in Congressional history. Some members had called for an official reprimand, instead, but the House voted overwhelmingly for censure, 333 to 79. A defiant Rangel took to the floor in response, saying, "Even though it is painful to accept this vote, I am fully aware that this vote reflects, perhaps, the thinking of the members, but the political tide and the constituency of this body.”


Top of the Hour: Censure for Rangle, Morning Headlines

Friday, December 03, 2010

His peers in the house have voted to censure New York Congressman Charlie Rangel; is the long drama finally over? 


Congress Set to Vote on Tax Cuts, Censure for Rangel

Thursday, December 02, 2010

There is a lot on the agenda today for this lame-duck Congress. Senate hearings begin on the military funding bill that contains a legislative repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," while the House will vote on a motion to censure New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, recently convicted of 11 ethics violations. And later, the House will vote on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us the low-down on the day's votes.

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Pentagon Paves Way for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

On Tuesday, the Pentagon's top leaders said the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law, which prohibits gay and lesbian armed forces members from openly admitting their sexuality, would not pose a problem if scrapped. A survey conducted among troops showed that over 70 percent wouldn't have a problem serving alongside gay troops. The poll results put new pressure on Republican opponents to repeal the law; President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to do so before adjourning in the next few weeks.


National Debt Commission Releases Revised Plan

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

It's been in the news for weeks, but today the National Debt Commission has officially released its revised plan to tackle the deficit. Six members from each party are supposed to bring some of its suggestions for painful cuts to Congress with some real legislating, but members of the Senate and House on both sides of the isle have already come out strongly against the recommendations. Joining us now for more details on the is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich


Lame-Duck Congress Talks Tax Cuts, Unemployment

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This week, Congress has two extensions on the table. While it looks likely that lawmakers will extend the Bush-era tax cuts for both the wealthy and the middle class, it seems unlikely that they will renew the extension on unemployment payments. What will the fallout be? 

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A Very Political Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving approaches, a holiday full of yearly traditions for families across the country. As Americans begin to prepare turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberries for their Thanksgiving meals, we decided to take look at how our nation's capital celebrates this holiday. It seems that Washington lobbyists have their own special traditions in November, and the food we enjoy each Thanksgiving arrives infused with political influence. 


Few Changes at the Top for Congressional Democrats

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Usually when there's a sea change in Congress, the leaders of the losing party re-evaluate — and in many cases re-organize. But the top spots in the Democratic party, like the leadership role of Nancy Pelosi, continue on with the same names. Why? We hear more from The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich


Rep. Rangel Guilty on Eleven Ethics Counts

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was convicted on 11 of 13 counts of rules violation by a House ethics panel. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks ahead to what's next for the embattled Congressman, and what his punishment will likely be.

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McConnell Changes Tune On Earmarks

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), once a man who backed the practice of earmarks, and used them for many projects in his state of Kentucky, made a surprise announcement on the issue yesterday. He said that he will support a moritorium on earmarks. Does the Senator's reversal signal the influence of those in the Tea Party, who have called for an end to pork-barrel projects?  


Setting Up Shop in D.C.: The Biggest Mistakes Freshmen Congressmen Can Make

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Forget the new backpack, homecoming bonfires and locker room hazing: Being a "freshman" in Congress is more like setting up a small business, in a city you have never lived in and within a bureaucratic system that dictates your every move. The huge group of "Washington outsiders" arriving on Capitol Hill this week will have to get a team together, set up their offices and make contacts — all while trying to avoid the political quagmire against which many of them campaigned. Can the freshmen survive? 


Kennedy, Reagan, Bush, Obama: A History of the Tax Cut

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Bush-era tax cuts will be high on the agenda when the lame duck Congress reconvenes today. The cuts are scheduled to expire next year, but Republicans are pushing for the extension of both the "middle class" breaks, as well as those for couples earning more than $250,000 a year. They cite the huge budget deficit and a shaky economy as reasons to keep the cuts. Similar arguments led to prior historic tax cuts, from two politicians of different eras, parties and temperaments: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

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Republicans Begin to Define Agenda; Tea Party Tests Its Strength

Friday, November 12, 2010

Freshmen senators, insider fighting, and a need to publicly shape the next moves for the party after the midterm election: the Republican party has spent the past week regrouping. In the middle of it all, the candidates elected with Tea Party enthusiasm have begun to flex their new political muscles with mixed results. Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the initiators of the Tea Party movement, has dropped her bid for a leadership role in the Republican House Conference. Delaware's Senator Jim DeMint, the undeclared leader of the group, is pushing for an unpopular ban on earmarking — in an attempt, perhaps, to show how much power he can wield. And new arrivals, like Florida's freshman Senator-elect, Marco Rubio, are finding themselves caught between Tea Party ideals and Washington's realities. How is the party tackling its goals, voter expectations and new majority?