Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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Is a Federal Budget Deal on the Horizon?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today, as the Tea Party Patriots rally outside the Capitol Building, lawmakers might actually be close to a compromise on the federal budget. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee met with their House counterparts last night to see if they could strike a deal to avoid a government shutdown. But the compromise in question would include $33 billion in cuts — $28 billion less than the budget Republicans passed in the House. How will the Tea Party react to a deal with Democrats? What are the implications for Speaker of the House John Boehner?

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Split Over Budget, Congress Anticipates Gov. Shutdown

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

After weeks of temporary fixes and political battling, Congress is preparing for a government shutdown over the national budget. What is preventing Republicans and Democrats from finding common ground? It could be the Tea Party, which is planning a rally for Thursday at the Capitol to call on Republican leadership to make no compromises on spending. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has more about this continuing standoff and the implications of a shutdown.

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Obama: Libya Action Necessary to Protect American Principles

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Barack Obama stood before the nation yesterday and explained our role in the allied forces air assault on Libya and its embattled leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. While he recognized Americans' hesitation for more involvement in the Middle East, the President said that Libya represented a unique situation and a challenge to American ideas about freedom and human decency. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has reactions from Washington to the speech. Dirk Vandewalle, professor of government at Dartmouth and the author of, "A History of Modern Libya," looks at how President Obama's speech will impact the current situation in Libya. 

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How Will Congress React to President's Libya Speech?

Monday, March 28, 2011

President Obama will speak about Libya Monday evening. His speech comes on the heels of NATO taking full control of the operation in Libya. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent helps shed light on the debate in Congress over whether our involvement in Libya is in the country's best interest. How will Congress react to the president's speech? There are rumblings of an effort de-fund the effort in Libya by some Democratic members in the House.

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Do Acts of War Need Acts of Congress?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Since President Obama authorized military action in Libya, politicians on both sides of the aisle have complained the president did not follow the proper and legal channels towards war. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said the President's decision might render him impeachable. House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) complained that Obama hadn't briefed members of Congress. Technically speaking, should the President have asked Congress before attacking Libya? 

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Congress Reacts: US Military Intervention in Libya

Monday, March 21, 2011

Over the last few days, the U.S. moved very quickly from a U.N. resolution authorizing military intervention in Libya to missiles and bombs actually striking the country. In many ways, members of Congress are still catching up with the news from the White House and they have been reacting both with support and anger. Who's in charge of the no-fly zone: Britain, France or the U.S.? Who exactly are the Libyan rebels we're supporting? And why didn't President Obama consult Congress before authorizing military intervention?


Budget Battle Continues in Congress, House Votes to Defund Public Radio

Friday, March 18, 2011

"Republicans control one half of one third of our government. There are a lot of other players that we need to work with," House Speaker, John Boehner told the press Thursday as another budget extension was voted on. He finds himself between a rock and hard place, explains Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Rep. Boehner will have to negotiate with both the Tea Party and democrats Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Meanwhile, the House voted to defund public radio production in a bill that will likely not pass the Senate.


Lawmakers Debate Nuclear Energy

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

As Japan works to contain a nuclear disaster, lawmakers in the United States are debating the role of nuclear energy in this country. So far the Obama administration and members of congress have continued to support nuclear energy, but renewed fear has forced them to question the safety of reactors on U.S. soil. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich reports from Wednesday's Congressional hearing with Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko.


Washington Responds to Japan's Nuclear Disaster

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Greg Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission briefed reporters at the White House on Tuesday, saying that a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan could not happen in the United States. “Based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident we see a very low likelihood, really a very low probability that there’s any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the United States or in Hawaii, or in any other U.S. territories," he said.

However, Washington is edge about what to do about our own nuclear power sources here in the U.S. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway got reaction from the Capitol.


Sen. Ensign, Just One of Many Lawmakers Planning Retirement

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced his pending retirement yesterday, saying he would not run in the 2012 election. The announcement came to the obvious relief of many of his colleagues — Sen. Ensign is currently being investigated for an alleged affair with a former staffer. But he's not the only lawmaker planning to sit out the coming election; seven others have also announced plans to get out of politics, or at least, government. Joining us to talk about the other lawmakers who are retiring, and how that may challenge party strategy, is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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In Budget Battle, First Big Test for Boehner

Monday, March 07, 2011

As the battle over the budget continues in Congress this week, Speaker of the House John Boehner faces what might be his first big test as he has been criticized by both the right and the left. The Tea Party has put extreme pressure on Boehner to keep him from compromising with President Obama and the Democrats; at the same time he faces a Senate that's not under his party's control. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest on the budget negotiations and whether a government shutdown is still a possibility.


Budget Fight Continues in Congress

Friday, March 04, 2011

The fight over the budget continues on Capitol Hill. Tea Party members want to see a massive amount cut from the budget, while Democrats and Republicans see a policy fight within the proposed cuts. There are over 100 policy riders included in the spending bill that Republicans passed two weeks ago; these directly affect President Obama's domestic agenda. There are restrictions on funding for the EPA, the FDA, health care reform and abortion. Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on how this fight is playing out.


House Avoids Shutdown; Senate Votes Next

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House approved a stopgap budget on Tuesday that would buy Congress more time to approve a final budget. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure today. In a vote of 335-91, the House voted to cut $4 billion in spending in order to keep the government open until March 18. We talk with Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the bargaining chips being used to avoid a government shutdown.

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The Federal Budget Battle Continues

Friday, February 25, 2011

While a very divided Congress took a recess this week, demonstrators have been gathering in front of capitol buildings and representatives’ offices in response to the GOP’s proposed spending cuts. Todd Zwillich, the Takeaway’s Washington correspondent has the latest in the federal budget battle and whether we should worry about a government shutdown. 


President Obama Changes Course on Defense Of Marriage Act

Thursday, February 24, 2011

President Barack Obama declared the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional yesterday, and ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend it. The act, which was signed into law in by President Bill Clinton back in 1996, barred any federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reactions were split between Democrats and Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said, "while Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

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Experts Evaluate Your Budget Cuts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

We have been talking all week about the battle lines being drawn in Washington over the 2012 federal budget proposal. So we asked you how you’d fix the budget. We received a huge response from listeners and we’ve picked a few suggestions to consider on air this morning. David Walker, U.S. Comptroller General from 1998 to 2008 explores the economic viability of your suggestions and Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us the chances on whether any of our ideas would pass in Congress.

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CPAC: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Make Their Case

Thursday, February 10, 2011

American conservatives are gathering in Washington for the annual CPAC Forum. This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference will see a wide field of Republican presidential hopefuls who are sure to make an appearance, and deliver their best case for the GOP nomination. This year there is no front runner (and Sarah Palin will not be attending.) For a preview and analysis, we speak with The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.  


'Not Every Regulation is Bad,' Obama Tells Business Leaders

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Republicans are planning to undo as many of the Obama administration's regulations as they can. This includes regulations on Wall Street, health care and the EPA and greenhouse gasses. Republicans are calling these regulations "burdensome" and are creating a bill that will strip the EPA of any power to regulate greenhouse gasses or climate change.

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Repeal of Health Care Law Fails in Senate

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The health care debate isn't subsiding in Washington. A Republican effort to repeal the health care law failed in the Senate Wednesday night, while a Democratic amendment to repeal the law's new tax-reporting requirements passed with bipartisan support. Senate Republicans vowed this will not be their last attempt to repeal the law. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich lays out the roadmap for the Republican plan to piece-by-piece tear away at the law.

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Washington Responds to Events in Egypt

Monday, January 31, 2011

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Egyptian embassy over the weekend, echoing the chants from Egypt for Mubarak to leave his position. Meanwhile, the United States has not explicitly called for Mubarak to step down even while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked to the press over the weekend, telling Fox News, "We want to see an orderlly transition to a democratic government." Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, has the latest from Washington.

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