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Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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The House Rules on Afghan Funding Bill

Friday, July 02, 2010

House Democrats worked late into the night to push ahead legislation to add $37 billion to war funding in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill also boosts domestic spending for teachers, student loans and U.S.-Mexico border security. Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the details on the bill. He says that it's becoming clear that the war in Afghanistan is getting harder to support, and that last night's voting reflected that.

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Byrd to Lie in Repose in Senate Chamber

Thursday, July 01, 2010

In honor of Sen. Robert Byrd, flags at the White House will be flown at half-staff. Today, his body will lie in the Senate chamber before being flown to West Virginia for a memorial service. Friday, there will be a public viewing at a memorial attended by Congressional leaders and President Obama and then the body will return to Washington D.C. for a burial where he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Emma.

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Sen. Sessions Spars with Kagan During First Day of Questioning

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In her first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan got off to a rocky start in a nearly 20-minute back-and-forth debate with ranking Republican Senator Jeff Sessions. In the sparring session, Sen. Sessions maintained that Kagan had circumvented the law and was disrespectful to the military when she limited military recruiters' access to campus as dean of Harvard Law School. Kagan repeatedly said Harvard was always in compliance with the law. 

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Robert Byrd's Passing and the Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearings

Monday, June 28, 2010

Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today. But this news was overshadowed by the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. 

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich looks at the record of Sen. Byrd and previews the Kagan hearings, along with Jamal Greene, associate professor of law at Columbia Law School and former law clerk for Justice Stevens.

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Remembering Sen. Robert Byrd, Longest Serving Senator

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sen. Robert C. Byrd served in Congress longer than anyone in the nation's history. The senator's office announced that he passed away at 3 a.m. Monday morning at a suburban Washington hospital. The West Virginia Democrat was 92, and was serving in an unprecedented ninth term in the U.S. Senate.

Paul Nyden - Reporter (check title) for Charleston Gazette, W. Va.'s largest Newspaper. Been on Byrd obit duty for years.

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Remember Robert Byrd, the Nation's Longest Serving Senator

Monday, June 28, 2010

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Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving legislator in the history of the United States Senate, died Monday at age 92. Byrd came to the Senate from West Virginia in January, 1959, after serving three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over a Senate career that spanned nine terms, he attained an unparalleled reputation as a master of Senate procedure, the body’s unofficial historian, and the unchallenged keeper of the Senate’s institutions and traditions.

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Play by Play: What to Expect from Elena Kagan's Confirmation Hearings

Sunday, June 27, 2010

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WNYC

You may not have heard much in the last week about Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. They start Monday, and usually a Senate Judiciary Committee grilling of a prospective new Justice generates a lot more "pre-trial" buzz than this one has.

For that, thank the lawmakers who worked nearly 24 hours straight to wrap up a high-profile and hard-lobbied deal on Wall St. regulations on Thursday. Thank Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who owned the news cycle for 48 hours after running his mouth then losing his job. Thank BP.

White House political advisor David Axelrod knew it when he briefed reporters by phone Friday. “Because things have been rather dull in Washington, we’ve scheduled these Supreme Court hearings, just to liven the festivities,” he joked.

Then Axelrod got serious. “We also live in an extraordinarily polarized political climate and therefore we are preparing to make a vigorous case” in Kagan’s defense, he said. That defense, of course, is against Republicans on the committee and their supporters outside the Hart 216 hearing room. They will be trying a few different plays to gain traction against a nominee who has largely avoided close scrutiny from the general public so far.

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Power Players: Rep. Dan Lungren on DISCLOSE

Friday, June 25, 2010

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Todd talks with Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif) about the DISCLOSE Act - a campaign finance bill just passed by the House ... and why Lungren feels it should go no further.

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Can Gen. Petraeus Turn Things Around in Afghanistan?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Less than 48 hours after Rolling Stone’s profile of General Stanley McChrystal went viral on the Internet, President Obama relieved the four-star general of his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus will now take over the post, leaving behind an opening at the Central Command in Iraq. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, was in the Rose Garden yesterday for Obama’s announcement. He explains the political implications of the president's decision and the response it is getting in Washington. Even though the president tried to drive home the point that strategy was not going to change, this personnel upset has reopened the strategy debate in Washington.

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McChrystal Criticizes Pres: Will Heads Roll?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal is scheduled to meet with President Obama later this morning. The general will answer for comments made by him and his aides in a now infamous Rolling Stone profile. This morning the question on everybody's mind is, will those quotes cost the general his job? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been gathering reactions from the political class on Capitol Hill, and many of them are staying mum over what they think lies in McChrystal's future.

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Rundown: Tuesday Primary Elections

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Voters in Utah, South Carolina, and North Carolina will head to the polls for a few final runoffs and primary elections. In Utah, incumbent, three-term Senator Bob Bennett was knocked out at the Utah GOP convention in May, and now two Tea Party candidates will face off against each other.

The Tea Party also looms large in the runoff for the Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina. There, Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin pal Nikki Haley is leading over opponent Gresham Barrett, despite accusations of sex scandals and racial controversies. If elected, Haley, a Punjabi Sikh who converted to Methodism, would be South Carolina's first governor who isn't a white man.

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Unemployment Benefits Set to Expire (Again)

Monday, June 21, 2010

900 thousand people have seen their benefits expire since June 1st and that number could reach over one million people in the next few weeks. Congress has extended unemployment benefits many times, but this week, the Senate has has been deadlocked on how to pay for the upcoming extension. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the deadlock over the "jobs bill," and tells us why doctors are about to see their Medicare payments cut by 21 percent.

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BP CEO Slammed at Congressional Hearing

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tony Hayward, the much-criticized CEO of BP, faced angry lawmakers on Capital Hill yesterday for the first time since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Hayward stuck closely to his prepared statements, ducking many of the questions posed to him, but in the course of the questioning, we did learn some important things about the oil spill and the political fallout it's causing.

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, attended the hearings and shares his impressions.

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Power Players: Frank Maisano, Energy Media Relations Specialist

Friday, June 18, 2010

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Todd interviews Frank Maisano, an energy media relations specialist who works for Bracewell & Giuliani, while standing outside the Congressional hearing room in which BP CEO Tony Hayward had just faced a grilling.

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BP Makes $20 Billion Deal on Cleanup Costs

Thursday, June 17, 2010

At the request of the Obama administration, BP has set aside $20 billion in escrow to be paid out to individuals and communities affected by the oil disaster on the Gulf Coast. The money will be handed out under the supervision of Ken Feinberg, who handled the victims' compensation fund after 9/11, and who helped to determine what executives at bailed-out banks should be paid.

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Another Day of Oil in Washington

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chiefs from the five major oil companies, including BP, testified before Congress yesterday. Executives from Chevron, Conoco, Exxon Mobile, and Shell all took pains to distance themselves from BP's negligence during testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “We would not have drilled the well the way they did," said Rex Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobile.

 

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Oil Spill Week in Washington DC

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This week Washington is all about oil. Along with testimony from BP CEO Tony Hayward before Congress, Americans will be able to watch President Obama's Oval Office address tonight; and the subject? Oil. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at President Obama's first Oval Office speech, and the upcoming Congressional gauntlet to be run by Tony Hayward.

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Primary Candidates Brace for November Election

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Last night, voters decided the party candidates in four closely watched states: Arkansas, California, Nevada, and South Carolina and seven others. But for many candidates the election battle is only just beginning. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at how the primary winners will fare in November's ballot. Sharron Angle's win in Nevada is both a victory for the Tea Party and for Harry Reid, who has been preparing to face-off against the conservative candidate.

Primaries have wrapped in 12 states across the country 
And joining us now is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to read the tea leaves of what last night’s elections could predict for November’s mid term bouts.

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Election Preview: Local Primaries Get Tea Party Push

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Today's primaries may feel local, but they are getting a national push. Sarah Palin visited South Carolina on behalf of gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley. Palin's appearance catapulted the candidate to the head of the polls. Nevada's Senate primary is also a Tea Party election, according to Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. There, Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle seems positioned to win the primary, which will pit her against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This bodes well for Reid as Tea Party candidates have a hard time winning national elections.

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Stephen Strasburg Makes His MLB Debut

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Washington Nationals pitcher, Stephen Strasburg was the number one overall pick in the draft last year, and today he makes his Major League Baseball debut. Washington fans are giddy with excitement and the team is selling standing-only tickets to the sold-out ball game. 

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