Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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New Republican Budget to Cause Rifts in Congress

Monday, March 19, 2012

The budget fight returns to Congress this week. Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is leading the Republican charge to present a budget plan that cuts 2013 federal spending. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans are turning on the agreement the two parties reached last August.

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How Obama's Campaign Video Stacks Up, Politically and Cinematically

Friday, March 16, 2012

The biographical campaign film has a long and proud place in U.S. political theater: from 1952's "The Man from Abilene," about Eisenhower, to 1992's "The Man from Hope," about Bill Clinton, these films have become an essential part of the campaign season. They not only try to appeal to voters' political concerns, they also try to cement in their minds an impression of the candidates' personalities.

The Obama campaign released a 17-minute documentary-style film last night called "The Road We've Traveled." It's narrated by Tom Hanks and directed by David Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of "An Inconvenient Truth." What does it have to offer, politically and cinematically?


Transportation Bill Fight Reflects Party Divide

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Senate voted yesterday to overhaul transportation programs and keep aid flowing to thousands of construction projects while strengthening highway and auto safety. Todd Zwillich gives the nuts and bolts of the transportation bill and explains the politics behind its delay.  


GOP Candidates Recalibrate Strategies After Primaries in Alabama and Mississippi

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rick Santorum won both GOP primaries in the South yesterday. He took 35 percent of the vote in Alabama and 33 percent in Mississippi. Do these results spell the end of the road for Newt Gingrich? And what does this mean for Tuesday's third-place winner, delegate leader Mitt Romney?


Rising Gas Prices: Political Repercussions

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The national average for a gallon of regular gas is now $3.81 and climbing. As prices rise voters and politicians are more likely to blame the sitting president. But Obama, in his defense, says that this same cycle of blame has been going on for decades. And he's right, according to our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. For example, drilling in ANWAR is proposed every few years or more by republicans. Democrats, for their part, propose taxing large oil companies and opening the strategic petroleum reserve. Unfortunately, none of those proposals would do much for the global price of a gallon of gas.


Romney Narrowly Clinches Ohio in Super Tuesday's Closest Contest

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The results are in. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney edged a narrow victory in Ohio, the most hotly contested state, and Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho and Alaska. Elsewhere, Rick Santorum won Oklahoma and Tennessee and Newt Gingrich won his home state of Georgia. But what do these results mean for the rest of the GOP campaign? And do they tell us anything about how the country will vote in November?

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Themes from the GOP Candidate Super Tuesday Speeches

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

After Super Tuesday, the GOP contest is no longer all over the map. The candidates' speeches last night reflected their current status: Romney as the tentative frontrunner, Santorum the conservative with a headwind, Gingrich a factor but probably not a player, and Ron Paul as the embodiment of voter anger.


Two Veteran Democrats Do Battle in Ohio

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur have been friends for many years, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the attack ads the two Ohio Democrats have been airing against one another. While Republican voters in Ohio cast their ballots for a presidential nominee, Ohio Democrats in district nine will be picking between Kucinich and Kaptur in a Congressional primary. The race is the product of redistricting in Ohio — and it's just the first of many of its kind. In the coming months, 11 primary contests in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California will similarly pit incumbents against each other.


What's at Stake on Super Tuesday?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Voters in 10 states weigh in on the Republican presidential line-up today in Super Tuesday primary elections and caucuses around the country. Four hundred and thirty-seven delegates are up for grabs -- but also at stake is the momentum of the campaign. Who is out there voting today? Is the Republican primary voter demographic in Idaho and Alaska the same as in Tennessee and Georgia? And who are they voting for?

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The Agenda: Super Tuesday, Gas Prices, Jobs Report

Monday, March 05, 2012

Every Monday, The Takeaway looks at the big news stories from the week ahead. The Agenda includes a preview of tomorrow's Super Tuesday vote, an upcoming jobs report, and other things to look for in the headlines this week.


Todd's Take: Three Bellwethers to Watch in the 2012 Election

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Republican presidential hopefuls aren't the only ones who have been flocking to states like Ohio and Michigan. President Obama has also been campaigning hard in the rust belt. Manufacturing jobs and the state of the economy are on everyone's mind.

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Senator Olympia Snowe Will Not Seek Reelection

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In a surprising move, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announced on Tuesday that she will not pursue a fourth term in November. One of the three Republicans to support president Obama's 2009 stimulus package, Snowe cited the senate's "atmosphere of polarization" as one of the reasons she decided not to run. Her departure is yet another sign that moderates are less influential in D.C.

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Congress Stalls on Transportation Bills

Thursday, February 16, 2012

If there's one thing that Republicans and Democrats traditionally agree on it's transportation legislation. Yet this is not the case for two different transportation bills that are stalled in the House and Senate. Tea Party conservatives are complaining about the cost, even thought traditional GOP members want to create jobs. Some think the problem is lack of earmarks, which bring "pork" to certain districts.


A Closer Look at the GOP's Payroll Tax Cut Deal

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

After months of squabbling, congress has reached a tentative deal on an extension of the payroll tax cut and jobless benefits that would last until the end of the year. Initially the GOP said they would not approve an extension unless it was financed by other spending cuts, but have since rescinded that position. So what's changed?

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GOP Leaders May Agree to Extend Payroll Tax Cut

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Despite months of partisan bickering, plans to extend the payroll tax cut have remained at an impasse — and all the while, the end-of-the-month expiration date was drawing nearer. But Monday afternoon, GOP leaders reversed their stance and agreed to extend the payroll tax cuts for another ten months beyond February. They have also rescinded their demand that congress find a way to pay for it.

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President Obama Sends 2013 Budget to Congress

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday morning, President Obama sends Congress his 2013 budget plan. The president’s budget includes stimulus-style spending increases on highway construction projects, schools, and other public works. It also includes increased taxes for wealthy Americans and corporations. What it doesn’t include are significant cuts, and the president already getting push-back from Republicans about his plan. They say it avoids making needed sacrifices and that it doesn’t do enough to curb the deficit or keep the rapid growth of benefit programs like Medicare in check.

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Notes from the Conservative Political Action Conference

Friday, February 10, 2012

The 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) began on Thursday with speeches from Jim DeMint, Stephen Halbrook, Michele Bachmann, Anne Coulter, and President Eisenhower’s granddaughter Susan Eisenhower, among others. With invocations of Reagan and cries for party unity, the three-day event could help give focus to what has been a lukewarm GOP race.

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Contraception Coverage Draws Criticism from Catholic Bishops

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken issue with the Obama administration's healthcare bill, which requires all university and hospital insurance plans to cover contraception. Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial that this provision infringes on personal freedoms, "coercing religious ministries and citizens to pay directly for actions that violate their teaching." However, two new recently released polls reveal that American Catholics are more supportive of contraception coverage in employer-provided insurance than non-Catholics.

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The Agenda: GOP Campaigning, STOCK Act, President Obama discusses European debt with Italian PM

Monday, February 06, 2012

Every Monday, The Takeaway looks at the big news stories from the week ahead. Republican presidential candidates head to Colorado, Minnesota and Maine this week; Colorado and Minnesota's caucuses are tomorrow. In Washington, President Obama holds talks on the European debt crisis with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti while Congress takes up the STOCK Act.

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Eric Cantor Addresses Voters' Frustrations

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What happens in the Florida Primary is not just important to Florida, Romney, Gingrich and the gang. This is a campaign year for everyone in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. And while Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is in a safe seat in his own district he's leading the charge to get more GOP members into the House and Senate.

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