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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Mr. Franken Goes to Washington

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Tom Davis met Al Franken when they were both in high school, undoubtedly vying for title of class clown. They became friends, writing and performing comedy routines, and eventually becoming writers for Saturday Night Live. Tom Davis joins The Takeaway to share his memories of his partner in comedy. Tom Davis is the author of 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There

"He is quick-witted. He still has a remarkable sense of humor. He's not going to abandon that. It's not going to be the first arrow in his quiver."
— Al Franken's former comedy partner Tom Davis on Franken as a Senator

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A Boom in The Big Easy

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

According to a new census report, New Orleans is the fastest growing city in the country. Last year its population grew 8.2 percent faster than any other city. And while the population has not yet reached the levels it was before Hurricane Katrina hit, the city is well on its way. Joining us to talk about life in the Big Easy are Allison Plyer, the co-director of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, and Shantrelle Lewis, the director of the McKenna Museum of African American Art and a longtime New Orleans resident.

For a closer look at the people behind the numbers, check out New To New Orleans: The Saints Who Came Marching In.

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Sanford, Torn Between His State and His Soul Mate

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The saga of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford continues to capture the attention of his constituents, the nation, and the country of Argentina. Yesterday the wayward governor announced that his Argentine mistress was his soul mate, but that he would try to reconcile with his wife. Joining us for the latest from South Carolina is Mark Quinn, the host of South Carolina ETV and Radio’s Public Affairs Program, The Big Picture.

In the video below Sanford discusses his affair.

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Is North Korea Fishing For Trouble?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

They’re starting to call it “the cruise to nowhere.” For more than two weeks, the U.S. government has been closely tracking the progress of a North Korean ship as it makes its way across the South China Sea bound for Myanmar. At first officials thought the mystery ship could be the first test of the UN Security Council's resolution to allow inspection of suspicious ships. But now it seems that the North Koreans may be fishing for something else: a confrontation with the U.S. BBC Correspondent John Sudworth joins The Takeaway from Seoul, South Korea, with more of the story.

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Not Feeling the Vibe: Is Hip Hop Dying?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

After 16 years, Vibe magazine made a big announcement: it's closing. The magazine founded by Quincy Jones covered the world of hip hop. But as the economy slumped, so did ad sales. Essence Magazine Senior Editor Patrik Henry Bass sees the closing of Vibe as another sign of the death of hip hop. Patrik is author of Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Nas said it three years ago: Hip Hop is Dead

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Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Race. Finally.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

After an initial loss, several recounts, and months of challenges, Al Franken, the humorist turned talk show host turned politician, finally won Minnesota’s Senate race. Republican challenger Norm Coleman conceded the race after Minnesota’s Supreme Court ruled that the recounts were over. The Takeaway talks to Tom Scheck, reporter for Minnesota Public Radio and Polinaut blogger who has seen us all the way through this long race to the U.S. Senate. Also joining the conversation is Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine, who will explain the effect on Washington. Can you say "filibuster-proof"?

"Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sen. Bob Byrd of West Virginia are both on indefinite medical leave. So at best they only have 58 votes."
— Jay Newton-Small debunking the theory that Al Franken gives Democrats 60 votes in the Senate


Watch Franken's victory speech below.

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Iraq's U.N. Ambassador on the U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Iraqi forces have taken formal control of Baghdad and other cities, following the withdrawal of American troops from urban areas. Iraqis have been celebrating the handover, some gathering in parks to party into the night. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has designated today as National Sovereignty Day. Joining The Takeaway now to discuss this milestone is the Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid al-Bayati.

"Everyone also is anticipating or being extremely careful of what is going to happen next. How are the terrorist, how are the extremist groups going to react to the withdraw of American forces?"
— Nazar Janabi, formerly of the Iraqi Minister of Defense, on the U.S. troop pullout in Iraq.

Click through for a transcript of the interview with Hamid al-Bayati.

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Show Us the Money: Getting Payback for Madoff Victims

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bernie Madoff was sentenced yesterday to the maximum term of 150 years, but what happens to any remaining wealth, and what can his victims do to get some of their money back? Diana Henriques, a senior financial writer for The New York Times has been following this story and joins The Takeaway.

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Rhode Island Considers a Name Change

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The state of Rhode Island is having an identity crisis. 573 years after Rhode Island was founded, the state is considering changing its name from “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” to simply “The State of Rhode Island.” The Takeaway talks to Rhode Island personality Buddy Cianci. He’s a radio host with WPRO and the former Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Foreign Oil Companies Racing Back to Iraq

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It’s been almost 40 years since Saddam Hussein told foreign oil companies to leave Iraq. Today, as U.S. troops pull out of Iraqi cities, international oil companies are going back in to bid for contracts to develop oil and gas fields. Carola Hoyos, the chief energy correspondent for the Financial Times, joins The Takeaway to about the amount of money involved and who will get their hands on it.

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Obama's Drug Czar on Fighting Illegal and Legal Drugs

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

President Obama's drug czar Gil Kerlikowski is dealing with a rise in the abuse of prescription drugs, ongoing violence along our border with Mexico and the legacy of the war on drugs. Kerlikowski, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, talks to The Takeaway about fighting drug cartels and the need for public education about the dangers of prescription painkillers.

"Electronic prescription process...cuts down on the potential abuse of a doctor over-prescribing. But it also looks at the patients who are going to multiple doctors which can be incredibly dangerous."
— Gil Kerlikowski of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on electronic prescriptions

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Live from Iraq: Reaction to the U.S. Troop Pullout

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Iraqi forces have assumed formal control of security in Baghdad and other cities after U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban areas, six years after the invasion. Iraqi TV broadcast a countdown-clock as the midnight deadline approached and the country is celebrating National Sovereignty Day. Joining The Takeaway, live from Iraq, are Taghreed, who lives in Erbil, Iraq and Ahmed Ali, who lives in Baghdad.

"I cannot understand if the Americans and Iraqi government think that this is the right time for the leaving of the U.S. because they came in 2003 with no plan and they still don't have a plan yet."
— Taghreed, 35-year-old woman who works in construction project management, had to leave Baghdad because of security threats.

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White Firefighters: Race, Affirmative Action and the Court

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday in favor of a group of white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, saying they had been discriminated against. The ruling could have implications for President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Joining The Takeaway to talk about the possible repercussions and the philosophy behind this Supreme Court ruling is Jeffrey Rosen. He is a law professor at Georgetown University and writes for The New York Times Magazine.

For a more detailed look at the New Haven firehouse watch the video below.

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The Continuing Mystery of Air France Flight 447

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Air France flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 30 days ago, leaving its black box somewhere in the middle of the ocean. The device holds important flight data and signals its location, but only for 30 days. Will the mystery of the crash ever be solved? Joining The Takeaway is Todd Curtis, Aviation Safety Analyst and Director of the Airsafe.com Foundation. He is also a former air safety engineer for Boeing.

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Environment: Climate Bill Narrowly Passes in Congress

Monday, June 29, 2009

It was down to the wire on Friday night when the House passed a bill to curb global warming. It took eight Republicans to tip the balance in the Democrats’ favor. One report said Capitol phones were at capacity with so much last-minute jockeying between Congress members. Joining the show is The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to explain details of the bill.

"[Liberals] don't want cap and trade. They want cap. Then if you're a polluter, you pay for the right to pollute. And that's not really what this bill does at first."
— Todd Zwillich on the new climate bill

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The President's Summer To-Do List

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

President Obama's press conference yesterday touched on a lot of issues facing the nation. To help recap the highlights of the speech and forecast what challenges the President will face in the coming months we turn to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner.

In case you missed the speech, here it is:

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Your Health: The Cost of Prevention

Friday, June 19, 2009

With all the contentious debate over health care right now, Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: they want to encourage disease prevention. This stems from the idea that by investing some money up front, you can keep medical costs lower, saving money (and improving quality of life) down the road. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) authored a portion of a health bill focused on prevention and wellness and he sat down with The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich to discuss his take on health care reform.

Then we turn to Louise Russell. Ms. Russell is a research professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her research challenges the idea that preventive medicine lowers the cost of medical care. The money we are investing in prevention may be doing little to improve the nation’s overall health.

"Much of this prevention does save lives, and that's our purpose here: to save lives. But we need to be spending our money as effectively as possible, and that means we need to look at each preventive intervention and say OK, it's usually going to cost us more. If we need to spend more, what's the most important thing to do for people's health?"
— Professor Louise Russell from Rutger's University on preventative healthcare

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Making Sense of the New Healthcare Reform Bill

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office passed judgment on one of the key bills overhauling the health insurance system. Here with a look at who might get insurance, who won't and what it'll cost is Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent.

"We have 47 million people with no coverage at all. So the net gain is still nowhere even close to universal coverage."
— Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich on healthcare reform

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Healthcare Reform: Obama Meets with Doctors

Monday, June 15, 2009

Today, President Obama goes to Chicago to address the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, and to hear doctors' views about about healthcare reform. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, takes a look at what the president is likely to hear.

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[Web Special] The GOP: Slowdown in the Senate

Thursday, June 11, 2009

They say time heals all wounds. In Congress, it can cause some too. Congress usually moves slowly. The Senate is designed for just that purpose. But there are signs now that two partisan fights could turn the already slothful Senate pace downright glacial, and even threaten President Barack Obama’s sweeping domestic agenda.

Take the case of early sparring over Sotomayor’s confirmation. GOP senators say Democrats’ July 13th start-date for hearings doesn’t give them enough time to review the roughly 3,600 cases she’s ruled on. (Plenty of cynics add that the more time they keep Sotomayor on hold, the more time GOP investigators have to dig up damaging dirt on her.) But whatever their motivations, Republicans are hopping mad that the hearings are set for about one month from today. And they’re starting to float warnings that Democrats’ moving too fast might just mean Republicans start moving really, really slowly. ...(continue reading)

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