Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: Capitol Hill as Training Ground for Top Lobby Jobs, START Treaty's Journey Through Congress

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: What’s the difference between a Washington Lobbyist and a former congressional aide? It sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but in fact, Louise Story, The New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter, says that the question is actually very valid and becoming very hard to answer.
  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: With the nuclear summit winding down, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the future of the START treaty, which President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed last week. The treaty aims to significantly decrease the amount of nuclear weapons between the two countries, but it looks like it's going to be a long and slow journey for START treaty in Congress.


Takeouts: Political News, Your Responses

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us about Sidney Thomas and why his name is being floated as a possible replacement to Justice John Paul Stevens. We also talk about states that are challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, and Congress' decision on extending unemployment benefits.
  • RESPONSES TAKEOUT: We hear from you, our listeners, and what you had to say about a replacement for Justice Stevens. And we hear the nominees for the Takeaway t-shirt contest.

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Looking for the Next Justice

Monday, April 12, 2010

Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will retire this June, after spending 35 years on the bench. Democrats say they want to move quickly into the nomination process in order to have the next justice confirmed by the end of the summer.

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Gov. Bob McDonnell's 'Confederacy Month' Provokes Debate Over Civil Rights Sensibilities

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Confederate History Month is officially back in Virginia, but not without its fair share of controversy. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared the month of April "Confederacy Month." The proclamation was met by fanfare, applause, and loud protest.

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Takeouts: NCAA Final, Partisan Bickering Blocks Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

  • SPORTS: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin analyzes the results of the NCAA championship and what the tournament success means for both Butler and Duke.
  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: More than 200,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits today because of partisan bickering in the Senate. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how “politics as usual” is hitting so many regular Americans where it hurts.


Power Players: Sen. Lindsey Graham on 'Black Liquor'

Friday, April 02, 2010


In the course of reporting last week's massive health care overhaul, Todd Zwillich came across a strange detail in the $25 billion legislation. He asks Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham about "black liquor" — a mysterious substance that affects many people in Graham's home state (even though he'd never heard of it).


Takeouts: President OK's Oil Drilling, Big Money for Hedge Fund Managers

Thursday, April 01, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: President Obama announced yesterday that he would lift some bans on off-shore drilling in a future, comprehensive environmental bill he hopes to get to congress before the 2010 elections. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains the politics behind the move. 
  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: 2009 was a record year for the nation’s top hedge fund managers. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for our partner The New York Times, gives us a sneak peek at surprising earnings data that shows that the top 25 earning managers pulled in a collective $25 billion last year alone.


The Strange Tale of 'Black Liquor' and $25 Billion

Monday, March 29, 2010

Health care reform is now the law of the land, and after the months of protracted debate, you'd think there couldn't be any details left to tease out, but our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, discovered that lawmakers never once mentioned a $25 billion detail in the bill, pertaining to a mysteriously named substance: black liquor. 

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Takeouts: Recess Appointments, NCAA's Final Four

Monday, March 29, 2010

  • CONGRESS: President Obama issued 15 recess appointments on Saturday. The procedure allows senior federal officials to be appointed without confirmation from the Senate. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the procedure, along with the Republican reaction.
  • SPORTS: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the weekend's action in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and looks at who's left in the Final Four.


The Tipsy Accounting of 'Black Liquor'

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Republicans love to accuse President Obama of being "drunk on spending." And when I saw that $25 billion of the recently-passed health care overhaul bill was financed with something called "black liquor," I thought Democrats had finally decided to shed all pretense and live up to the GOP's epithets.

I initally thought (even hoped) that black liquor was some clandestine toxic Tennessee moonshine, or a minority-owned spirits concern facing pay-back for wronging a powerful congressman. No such luck: It turns out black liquor is a merely a dark, burnable byproduct of the pulp-making process, a fuel that paper companies across the South can burn in their factories to cut costs.

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Takeouts: No Fix Yet for Struggling Homeowners, Republicans' 'Vote-A-Rama'

Thursday, March 25, 2010

  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: A year into the government's loan modification program, the Treasury's internal watchdog says the federal program might fail to prevent foreclosures. Meanwhile, private lender Bank of America announces major changes in how they will treat struggling homeowners. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story discusses whether the public or private sector is in the best position to heal the housing market.
  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Sure it's officially law, but that doesn't mean the Senate is going to give health care a rest. Our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich sat in on last night's 'vote-a-rama' where Republicans offered amendment after amendment in nine hours of non-stop voting designed to derail the final version of health care reform. He brings us the highlights and the final tally of votes.


    Takeouts: Next Steps for Health Care Overhaul, Obama's Nominee for US Court of Appeals, Listeners on the Next Big Issue

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Health care reform has been signed into law. Now what? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich lays out the next steps in the Senate and the courts.
    • JUDICAL TAKEOUT:  Since President Obama nominated law professor Goodwin Liu to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals, there's been a firestorm of criticism and praise for his pick. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor Slate magazine looks at what this progressive choice could mean for potential Supreme Court nominations.
    • LISTENERS ON THE NEXT BIG ISSUE: By email, on the web and over the phone Takeaway listeners weigh in with their reaction to Sunday's historic vote in the House and weight in on what Congress should tackle next.

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    Takeouts: Signing the Health Care Bill, New Rules for Restaurants

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    • HEALTH CARE TAKEOUT: Health care reform was signed into law yesterday and Democrats were jubilant. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich details the ceremony, down to the 22 souvenir pens and the vice president's salty language.
    • MONEY TAKEOUT: Section 2572 of the recently-passed health care bill requires that chain restaurants post calorie counts on their menus. Louise Story, Wall Street and financial reporter for The New York Times, talks to us about how restaurants and consumers might respond.


    Takeouts: Health Care Q&A, NCAA Women's Basketball

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich answers listeners' questions on how the health care reform will affect them.
    • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  The NCAA women's basketball tournament heads to round two with the favorite (U-Conn) still in the lead; but, is an upset on the way? We turn to Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin.

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    House Passes Senate's Health Reform Bill, Reconciliation 'Fixes'

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Last night the House voted, 219-212, to approve the Senate's version of health care reform, clearing the way for legislation to proceed to the president's desk. The House also approved a set of "fixes" to the Senate bill; Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has assured the House leadership that more than 51 Senators will pass the same fixes using the Senate's reconciliation rules.

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    Power Players with Todd Zwillich:

    Friday, March 19, 2010


    Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich spends most of his days chasing down movers and shakers in the halls of the House and Senate. This week, Democrats are furiously lobbying House members to pass a bill on health care reform. Todd finds out how the White House won the vote of one: Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois (hint: comprehensive immigration reform helped).


    Can the Final Health Care Bill Change Your Mind?

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Democrats unveiled the full version of the health care bill yesterday, which they hope to pass as soon as Sunday.

    As congressmen and analysts dissect it, Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich takes us through what is new in this version that might change your mind about supporting, or opposing, health care reform.

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    Takeouts: Jobs Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support, Money Talks and Listeners on Money Taboos

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    • WASHINGTON:  It’s true — both parties in the Senate actually worked together to pass an $18 billion jobs bill. Has the ice thawed between the two aisles on Capitol Hill? Or will it be business as usual when Congress gets together for a final vote on health care reform? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us his predictions.


    Takeouts: Health Care Update, Census

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: After a year of debates over health care policy, lawmakers are now debating the procedure for passing the bill. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, has the latest news on the bill's journey through Congress.
    • CENSUS TAKEOUT: Tim Olson, assistant division chief with the U.S. Census Bureau, explains how the Census Bureau is counting same-sex couples, whether married or not.

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    CSPAN Puts 23 Years of Archives Online

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    A treasure trove of information for the Congressional junkie is now available on CSPAN's website. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has already spent some time looking through the archives and brings us highlights from the most mundane to the most spectacular, and one very special historical moment close to home.