Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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Obama Now Tweets, But Is His Message Getting Across?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Yesterday, President Obama held the first ever White House Twitter Town Hall meeting. The president fielded questions from Twitter users (asked in the site's standard 140 characters or less). But the president's answers were anything but concise. In fact, he responded to participants' questions with the same long-winded, professorial rhetoric he's been criticized for throughout his presidency. Obama's ability to address his base and stimulate audiences was perhaps his greatest strength as a candidate in 2008. This begs the question: Why has President Obama failed to properly get his messages across to the American people since then?


This Week’s Agenda: Unemployment, the Debt Ceiling, and Political Progress?

Monday, July 04, 2011

It’s Monday morning and that means it’s time to check out what’s on the AGENDA for the week ahead. We’re joined by Todd Zwillich, Washington Correspondent for The Takeaway. And Callie Crossley, host of the Callie Crossley Show at WGBH Boston.

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In Debt Reduction Battle, Where Are the Sacred Cows?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

President Obama spoke to the press on Wednesday in his first press conference in three months. He said that Democrats were willing to make compromises on spending, and pushed Republicans to "take on their sacred cows" and agree to tax increases for higher income earners and corporations. But the real sacred cow might be in his veiled threat to ask Congress to stay in session through their August summer holidays, if need be.

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Debt Talks Crumble As Top Republican Backs Out

Friday, June 24, 2011

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pulled out of talks with Vice President Joe Biden yesterday on whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling. Cantor was seen as a crucial Republican to have in the room. The move is seen to put talks on the fritz, with just weeks before the August deadline that could make the US default on trillions of dollars in debt.


Congress to Vote on Cutting Funding for Libya

Friday, June 24, 2011

The House of Representatives is set to vote on a resolution to scale back the US military intervention in Libya. House Republicans contend that President Obama violated the War Powers Act, which limits the president's ability to declare war without the consent of Congress. While the proposal will prevent the US military from engaging in direct combat operations in the Libya, it will allow it to continue to supply support and intelligence for our NATO allies.


Kerry, McCain Put Out Joint Resolution on Libya

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There are potentially three different votes pertaining to Libya happening in Washington this week. House Republicans are set to vote on a proposal that would defund the American military mission in Libya, and Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) put out a joint resolution on Tuesday authorizing limited use of forces in Libya. The senators are partly responding to critics who say President Obama violated the War Powers Act by not getting the mission in Libya approved ahead of time by Congress. There is also talk of the House putting out its own resolution to remove all troops from NATO operations in Libya.

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This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Economy, Gay Marriage

Monday, June 20, 2011

All the jawing and insult throwing has ceased for the time being as negotiations heat up on Capitol Hill over the debt ceiling. Vice President Joe Biden said there are four meetings scheduled, and "now we're getting down to the really hard stuff." Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, says Congress would love to get an agreement by the 4th of July—way ahead of the deadline in August. 

As Washington tries to get the debt ceiling squared away, the Federal Reserve will meet on Wednesday to discuss interest rates. Housing numbers have been consistently awful for some time now, with no sense of relief in sight. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at what we can expect from Wednesday's meeting, and whether or not it's likely that the Fed will decide to leave interest rates close to zero.

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After Weiner, Will Special Election Be a Referendum on Obama?

Friday, June 17, 2011

A mixture of cheers and jeers followed seven-term New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner's announcement Thursday that he would be resigning from public office. Weiner apologized to his constituents and to his wife for the sexting scandal, in which he admitted to sending lewd messages and photos to at least six women. Weiner was one of the more outspokenly liberal members of the House – and his 9th District that has been a Democratic stronghold for decades. Will his successor's replacement change the political spectrum or become a referendum on President Obama's politics, as a litmus test for 2012?


Congress, White House Spar Over War Powers Act in Libya

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The White House and Congress are butting heads over who authorizes military action in Libya. The 60-day deadline for President Obama to get approval from Congress to go to war passed on May 20th.

Tuesday, the White House offered its first public argument on why the administration thinks it has not violated the War Powers Resolution. The White House Press Secretary said that President Obama’s actions are consistent with the War Powers Act. However, ten members of Congress, led by Representative Dennis Kucinich filed a lawsuit Tuesday, effectively asking a judge to order an end to U.S. involvement in the war.

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Ethanol Subsidies Up for Vote

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Does the ethanol industry still need government subsidies? That is the question that will be debated in the Senate with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) forcing a vote on a measure to repeal ethanol tax credits. Ethanol supporters argue that the alternative energy source should not be targeted, but cutting the subsidies could save the federal government billions. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, reports.


Republicans Spar at Presidential Debate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates squared off last night in New Hampshire. It wasn’t the first debate – South Carolina beat the state to the punch. But it was the first one with former Massachusetts governor and front-runner Mitt Romney on stage, and a litmus test for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

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This Week's Agenda: GOP Debate, Economy, Netroots

Monday, June 13, 2011

The GOP will see it's first major debate with all its prominent players in New Hampshire today. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum are all expected to participate. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, is most interested in how Bachmann and Santorum try to "out-conservative" each other to gain the following of those who don't support Mitt Romney. A topic that will surely be a key part of the debate will be the poor state of the economy. A set of key economic indicators is set to be released this week. Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, is expecting retail sales to fall, and a stock market finishing down for six weeks in a row is certainly not helping either. 


Pelosi, Reid Distance Themselves from Weiner

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I know Congressman Weiner, I wish i could defend him. But I can't. -Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner.  

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Can Rep. Anthony Weiner Survive the Scandal?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted Monday to sending lewd photos of himself to women he met online. The revelation came after Weiner denied sending photos of himself, saying that his Twitter account was hacked. In a lengthy and teary press conference, Rep. Weiner apologized to his wife, his family and the media for his behavior. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an investigation of Weiner. Can the congressman survive the scandal?

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Rick Santorum Launches 2012 Presidential Campaign

Monday, June 06, 2011

Former Senator Rick Santorum formerly announced that he will be running for president. Since the Tea Party movement is about spending and the size of government, Santorum is stepping in to claim the social issue territory. "What he hopes to bring to the race is a filling of the void on conservative social issues like gay marriage and abortion," says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. What does this mean for the Republican lineup? Todd Zwillich has the answers.


Earmarks by Another Name?

Friday, June 03, 2011

The GOP House, fueled by the Tea Party, banned earmarks at the beginning of this year. However, there's a new Defense Authorization bill on the Hill that cut money from defense, but used that money to pay for special projects. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich says a lot people are concerned that this is "earmarks by another name." Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz), an earmark opponent, says "It's like squeezing a balloon, it's gonna come out somewhere else and all we can do is try to plug every whole that we can."


Anatomy of 'Weinergate'

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The basics of "Weinergate" are well established. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), has a Twitter account. The Friday before Memorial Day weekend, a picture was posted on Yfrog and tweeted from Weiner's account to that of a 21-year-old college student in Seattle. The picture, as most of the country knows by now, was a shot from the chest down of a man in his underwear. It was immediately deleted. Rep. Weiner claimed, on twitter, that he'd been hacked. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been watching this unfold. John Abell, New York Bureau Chief for, discusses Rep. Weiner's assertion that "I was pranked, I was hacked, I was punked" and how a person might actually prove such a thing.

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Twitter Troubled Anthony Weiner Responds to the Press

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has been following the latest scandal on Capitol Hill, where Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has been grappling with a PR nightmare after his Twitter account sent a sexually graphic photo to a young woman. Rep. Weiner says that his account was hacked, and during a press conference, Weiner got testy with reporters who wanted to know if the congressman had sent the photo himself.

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Medicare at Heart of Special Election in New York 26

Monday, May 23, 2011

New York's 26th District will hold a special election tomorrow to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Chris Lee, who resigned in January aftter he had responded to a Craigslist ad with shirtless pictures of himself. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich takes a closer look at the special election and notes that this election may be the first test for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) budget proposal to cut Medicare.


What's the End Game for Libya?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There are rumors that Libya's oil minister may have fled to neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, and sources in Libya say rebel fighters - aided by NATO airstrikes, which destroyed eight artillery vehicles - killed more than a dozen of Colonel Gadhafi's forces Wednesday. But it is unclear how and in what form U.S. involvement in the mission will continue. The New York Times' John Burns reports from Tripoli on the latest. In the United States, Friday, it will have been 60 days since President Obama told Congress about the campaign in Libya. According to the War Powers Act, he has until then to secure congressional support for the war.

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