Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

House Avoids Shutdown; Senate Votes Next

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House approved a stopgap budget on Tuesday that would buy Congress more time to approve a final budget. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure today. In a vote of 335-91, the House voted to cut $4 billion in spending in order to keep the government open until March 18. We talk with Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the bargaining chips being used to avoid a government shutdown.

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The Federal Budget Battle Continues

Friday, February 25, 2011

While a very divided Congress took a recess this week, demonstrators have been gathering in front of capitol buildings and representatives’ offices in response to the GOP’s proposed spending cuts. Todd Zwillich, the Takeaway’s Washington correspondent has the latest in the federal budget battle and whether we should worry about a government shutdown. 


President Obama Changes Course on Defense Of Marriage Act

Thursday, February 24, 2011

President Barack Obama declared the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional yesterday, and ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend it. The act, which was signed into law in by President Bill Clinton back in 1996, barred any federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reactions were split between Democrats and Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said, "while Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

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Experts Evaluate Your Budget Cuts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We have been talking all week about the battle lines being drawn in Washington over the 2012 federal budget proposal. So we asked you how you’d fix the budget. We received a huge response from listeners and we’ve picked a few suggestions to consider on air this morning. David Walker, U.S. Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008 explores the economic viability of your suggestions and Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us the chances on whether any of our ideas would pass in Congress.

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CPAC: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Make Their Case

Thursday, February 10, 2011

American conservatives are gathering in Washington for the annual CPAC Forum. This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference will see a wide field of Republican presidential hopefuls who are sure to make an appearance, and deliver their best case for the GOP nomination. This year there is no front runner (and Sarah Palin will not be attending.) For a preview and analysis, we speak with The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.  


'Not Every Regulation is Bad,' Obama Tells Business Leaders

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Republicans are planning to undo as many of the Obama administration's regulations as they can. This includes regulations on Wall Street, health care and the EPA and greenhouse gasses. Republicans are calling these regulations "burdensome" and are creating a bill that will strip the EPA of any power to regulate greenhouse gasses or climate change.

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Repeal of Health Care Law Fails in Senate

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The health care debate isn't subsiding in Washington. A Republican effort to repeal the health care law failed in the Senate Wednesday night, while a Democratic amendment to repeal the law's new tax-reporting requirements passed with bipartisan support. Senate Republicans vowed this will not be their last attempt to repeal the law. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich lays out the roadmap for the Republican plan to piece-by-piece tear away at the law.

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Washington Responds to Events in Egypt

Monday, January 31, 2011

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Egyptian embassy over the weekend, echoing the chants from Egypt for Mubarak to leave his position. Meanwhile, the United States has not explicitly called for Mubarak to step down even while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked to the press over the weekend, telling Fox News, "We want to see an orderlly transition to a democratic government." Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the latest from Washington.

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Middle East, The View from Washington

Friday, January 28, 2011

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, reports on how the White House is responding to events in Egypt. It's a tough place for the U.S. as Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak is a U.S. ally. This was clear when Robert Gibbs spoke to the press on Thursday, saying, "We have at every turn encouraged President Mubarak to find a way to engender that political discourse in a positive way."

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Federal Deficit to Hit $1.5 Trillion

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The federal deficit is set to top $1.5 trillion this year. It's a huge number, but does it even mean anything anymore? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says that competing budget plans are popping up all around the Capitol as lawmakers try to find ways to cut as much as possible. The Republican leadership in the House says they will cut $100 billion from the budget this fiscal year. Meanwhile, President Obama has proposed a $400 billion cut over ten years. As the Republicans look for deeper and deeper cuts, the Democrats warn that this could shock the economy back into a recession.

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2011 State of the Union: Assessing the Language

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

After President Obama’s 2009 State of the Union address author Stanley Fish responded this way to Barack Obama’s performance:

It’s as if the speech, rather than being a sustained performance with a cumulative power, was a framework on which a succession of verbal ornaments was hung, and we were invited not to move forward but to stop and ponder the significances only hinted at.”


How Last Night's Speech Resonated in Congress

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union Address touched on several key and pressing issues facing the country, from transportation, to immigration and innovation. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, shares his thoughts on the speech and what it could mean for the coming year in the halls of Congress. The Takeaway partners with Transportation Nation, to examine the president's commitment to high speed rail in this country; Obama said he wanted to connect 80 percent of Americans via high-speed rail in coming years.  

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Top of the Hour: State of the Union, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Obama speaks of American competitiveness in his State of the Union address, challenging Americans to "out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build" the rest of the world. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the details.


Sen. Joe Lieberman Retires...With What Legacy?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced that he will retire next year. From his public shaming of President Clinton after the Lewinsky affair in 1998, to his Vice Presidential bid with Al Gore in 2000, to his endorsement of John McCain for President in 2008, Joe Lieberman has had a career full of surprises. What is Lieberman's legacy?

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus, GOP Look to 2012

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reince Priebus was elected the GOP's new chairman on Friday, replacing Michael Steele. He alreday has his sites set on the 2012 presidential election, and taking down Barack Obama. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent gives us some background on Priebus. And Ron Christie, CEO of Republican Christie Strategies and the author of "Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur," said on our show last week he thought the new leader would be Saul Anuzis or Maria Cino. He'll share his surprise with us about the choice of Priebus, and how he thinks it will shape the GOP.


In Congress, a Change in Discourse?

Friday, January 14, 2011

There has been a lot of lofty rhetoric this week about toning down the inflamatory political discussions around the country, and showing respect to the dead and wounded from the attack in Arizona by being more civil on the airwaves and in Washington. But when lawmakers head back to congress next week, will the tone of discourse really change? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich helps us try to answer this question. We also speak with Todd about Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's announcement yesterday that she won't run for re-election.


A Gun-Toting Congress?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) is reportedly writing a bill that would allow congressmembers to carry concealed weapons in Washington D.C. Carrying a concealed weapon is currently illegal in D.C., but is not illegal for members of Congress on Capitol grounds. The news of this bill comes after twenty people were shot in Arizona over this past weekend, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is still in the hospital recovering. Will more guns mean less senseless acts of violence? 

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The Agenda: Tucson Shooting Aftermath, One-Year Haiti Quake Anniversary

Monday, January 10, 2011

The shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson on Saturday rocked the country this weekend. The Takeaway’s Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH in Boston, take a look at how the shooting has changed the national agenda and what else we can expect this week. 


Congress Tackles Health Care, Obama Appoints Daley

Friday, January 07, 2011

It's been a big week as Washington gets back to work. There are questions about whether the Republican-dominated House can actually repeal the health care plan. Meanwhile, Democrats are finally "finding their voice" on health care, says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, as they prepare to counter GOP claims about the bill.


GOP Takes House Majority

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has passed the House Speaker's gavel to Ohio's Rep. John Boehner, who was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday. Boehner emphasized more openness and more room for debate with Democrats in his speech. Pelosi, on the other hand, embraced her new role as minority leader and took some swings at Republicans, which she couldn't do as Speaker.