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Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Capitol Hill Readies for Energy Reform

Monday, June 07, 2010

As energy legislation makes its way to Capitol Hill, lawmakers are beginning to hint at how they'll work together. Sen. John Cornyn said that he is ready to work with Democrats to deal with some of our environmental concerns. However, it is unlikely that senators like Cornyn will accept the president's comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.

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The Week's Agenda: The Economics Behind the Oil Spill, Primary Elections

Monday, June 07, 2010

This week is all about "angst," says Takeaway economics editor Charles Hermann. Politically, it's about "watching the women," says Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich. Those are the terms setting the agenda for this week, as we look ahead at news on the economic impact of the oil spill and whether anti-incumbent fever will affect Tuesday's primary elections.

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Is the Gulf Oil Spill Obama's Katrina?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Amid criticisms about slow response times and an unclear chain of command, the question has been asked, "Is This Obama's Katrina?"  In a press conference yesterday - his first since the gulf oil leak five weeks ago - President Obama sent a clear message: I take responsibility.  This is my job.  And things should have moved faster.

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Power Players: Three Representatives on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Thursday, May 27, 2010

PRI
WNYC

As the House and Senate consider efforts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Todd speaks with Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Penn,) primary sponsor of the House amendment to repeal; Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Alabama), who says the law's repeal is coming too soon; and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) who supports it, calling allowing openly gay service members "a common sense proposal."

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House Expected to Vote on Repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today or tomorrow, the House is expected to vote on a repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. It will be a close vote on a divisive issue. Nancy Pelosi has said that she would only bring the repeal to the floor if it had the votes necessary to pass. Todd Zwillich has been trying his best to count heads to see just how much support there is.

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President Obama Sends 1,200 Troops to US/Mexico Border

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

UPresident Obama will send 1200 National Guard Troops to the US/Mexico border, an administration official announced yesterday. The president will also request $500 million for border patrol and law enforcement activities. This comes after demands from both Republicans and Democrats to tighten the Southwest border.

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Congress Picks Up the Pace Before Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Congress is working to push through a lot of big items this week before Memorial Day Recess, including a jobs bill, tax hikes and war funding. The jobs bill incorporates an extension of unemployment benefits and Cobra health subsidies through the end of the year. The bill also encompasses help to fix Medicare, but only temporarily as there's not quite enough money. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains why this might mean a big fight on the Hill. Todd also examines a war bill, which seeks to get away from deficit spending and find cuts to finance the war. Neither of these bills will pass easily.

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Takeouts: Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell;' The French Open Starts

Monday, May 24, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Congress could vote to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' this week. Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich explains why Congress and the Pentagon are butting heads about whether now is the right time to make this change.
  • Sports Takeout: Venus Williams won her opening match in The French Open, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the first day's matches. He also looks at the latest in the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals.

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Financial Overhaul Passes the Senate

Friday, May 21, 2010

After months of debate and attacks from both sides of the aisle, the Senate passed a financial regulatory bill by a 59-39 vote, Thursday. The biggest change in the bill is the creation of an agency whose sole job is to monitor fairness of any product that is bought by the consumer. Next, the Senate and House versions of financial reform have to be reconciled and combined before heading to the president's desk, perhaps as early as the Fourth of July.

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Power Players: New Rep. Mark Critz (D-Penn)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

PRI
WNYC

Todd interviews newly-minted Rep. Mark Critz (D-Penn), who just won a special election to fill the late Rep. Jack Murtha's seat.

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Takeouts: Financial Reform Hits a Snag, NBA Playoffs

Thursday, May 20, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with the latest on the financial reform bill, which seems to be termporarily delayed on Capitol Hill.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Playoffs. He also looks at yesterday's NBA draft lottery and who the lucky winner was.

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Elena Kagan's Completed Questionnaire, Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PRI
WNYC

It turns out Supreme Court nominees have to fill out job applications just like everyone else. OK, not quite like everyone else. Take a look at Elena Kagan's completed questionnaire from the Senate Judiciary Committee, which this summer will hold hearings to test her nomination to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

UPDATE: The Senate will begin its Judiciary Committee Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearings on June 28.

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2010 Primaries: Reading the Tea Leaves with David Frum

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To many political strategists, pundits and observers, the results of yesterday’s primary elections may offer key insights to voter behavior in November’s midterm elections. Did yesterday’s results challenge the popular notion that the 2010 elections will be a correction to the Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate? Or was there even bigger surprises in the form of viable, Tea Party candidate?

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Kentucky's Primary and the Future of the GOP

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

There are primaries happening today across the country - in Oregon, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky. We look closer at the race in Kentucky where a Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), is leading in primary polls over GOP establishment candidate Trey Greyson..

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Takeouts: Senate Looks for Ammo in Kagan's Paper Trail, NBA and NHL in Conference Playoffs

Monday, May 17, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan hasn't left much of a paper trail, but that could change. We talk to Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the reams of paper the Senate will soon be sifting through to get a better sense of her record, and what Senate Republicans might be hoping to find. [Read the Senate's full questionnaire for Elena Kagan (PDF).]
  • Sports Takeout: In the NBA and NHL Conference finals this week, historic teams are going against upstarts. We talk to Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin about old wounds, fresh blood, and best bets.

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Cash or Credit? Financial Regulations Bill Could Affect Debit Card Fees

Friday, May 14, 2010

Retailers are currently charged when they swipe a card, and for small purchases the swipe fee can be more than the profit. Yesterday's amendment to the financial regulation bill says the credit card companies can't prevent retailers from changing the price depending on whether the customer is using a card or paying cash. Ultimately, this could lead to fee regulations by the federal government. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich explains.

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Power Players: Four Senators on Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Nominee

Friday, May 14, 2010

PRI
WNYC

Todd brings tape of Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) in the week when Solicitor General Elena Kagan became the next nominee for the Supreme Court.

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Takeouts: Kagan Draws Crowds on the Capitol, Canadiens upset the Penguins in NHL Playoffs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Elena Kagan paid her first visit to Congress as Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court yesterday. She met with some of the Senators who will help decide her fate. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us about this "senatorial version of speed dating."
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Ibrahim Abdul Matin recaps an exciting game seven upset in the NHL conference semifinals last night, when the Montreal Canadiens upset the Pittsburgh Penguins to continue their Cinderella streak through the playoffs.

(You can follow Todd on Twitter @Todd_Zwillich)

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Oil Execs' Play Blame Game on Capitol Hill

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Top executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton – the three companies involved in the massive oil spill that continues to spew in the Gulf Coast – testified on Capitol Hill yesterday, pointing fingers at each other and deflecting blame from their own firms.

Senators were clearly not amused by all the blame game in full swing. "There's this transference of liability, or finger pointing," Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said. "There's going to be plenty of time to figure out who is to blame, who is at fault.”

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Takeouts: SEC Chair Testifies on Flash Crash, Another Attack on Chinese Schoolchildren

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT:  The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission warned that it will take time to get to the bottom of last week’s precipitous, if brief, market correction that lead the Dow index to drop almost 1000 points in under an hour. The New York Times' Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story says that hasn’t stopped the country’s top securities regulator from announcing plans to put in place safeguards from preventing a repeat “flash crash.”
  • KILLINGS IN CHINA: A string of brutal attacks on schoolchildren in China has the country reeling. This morning, seven kindergarten children and one teacher were killed after a man attacked them with a meat cleaver. The Chinese government has clamped down on reporting on this most recent story in order to avoid copycat attacks. Damian Grammaticas, BBC reporter in Beijing, fills us in.

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