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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Stimulus plan set for vote in Senate

Monday, February 09, 2009

The economic stimulus bill faces its key test vote in the Senate today. If the vote goes according to the Democrats' plan, the bill will be finalized tomorrow. But, the vote in and of itself is not a stimulus plan and the road to passage has been bitterly partisan. Here with a road map for the negotiations ahead are David Herszenhorn of the New York Times and Jay Newton-Small, Washington Correspondent for Time Magazine.

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Making numbers make sense

Monday, February 09, 2009

To understand the economic crisis you need to understand numbers. But it can be difficult to think critically about the statistics used by politicians and journalists, especially when you're panicked about your job and your 401K. To take a step back from the hysteria surrounding financial facts and figures, Katherine and Todd talk to Andrew Dilnot, co-author of the book The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life.

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The stimulus and Daschle make for a rough week for President Obama

Friday, February 06, 2009

It was a rough week for President Obama. He lost the candidates he had nominated for two important jobs in his administration and didn't achieve the bipartisan consensus he wanted on the stimulus bill. Takeaway Correspondent Andrea Bernstein and Todd Zwillich, Reporter for Capitol News Connection, join Adaora and John to take a look back at the second full week of the Obama presidency.

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Shock on Capitol Hill as Daschle withdraws his nomination for HHS

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A day after President Obama announced he would stand by his man, Tom Daschle, the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department, has withdrawn his name for consideration. His abrupt decision left everyone from reporters to the Obama administration scrambling. In the end, President Obama made the media rounds last night taking full responsibility for the situation. For more we turn to Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection in Washington, D.C.

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Today in Washington, the Senate will add amendments to the stimulus plan

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Amendments to the Obama economic stimulus plan will be offered in the Senate starting today. But, first there is more drama regarding President Obama's cabinet picks. Tom Daschle's confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services hit a road bump when it turned out that a driver from a friend is technically income and as we all know you have to pay taxes on income. How is this playing out on Capitol Hill? We’re asking Capitol News Connection’s Todd Zwillich.

For more of The Takeaway's coverage of President Obama's cabinet selections, click here!

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President Obama heads to Capitol Hill to plead for economic aid

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A busy day is ahead on Capitol Hill as President Obama pleads his case for the stimulus package to Senate and House Republicans. Vice President Joe Biden will also be on the Hill for the swearing in of New York’s newest senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. Capitol News Connection’s Todd Zwillich tells us what we should expect from the President and Vice-President's tag-team.

Follow The Takeaway's coverage of the stimulus package

"The last time they passed a stimulus like this was never. Nobody's ever done this before."
— Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection, on President Obama's $825 billion stimulus plan

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Capitol Hill preview

Monday, January 26, 2009

Things are not slowing down at all this week on Capitol Hill. Among other big events, Tim Geithner is likely to be approved as Treasury Secretary, the new Senator from New York will be sworn in, and the Senate Appropriations Committee will debate the stimulus bill. Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection joins Katherine and Adaora with a preview.

"It's a lot easier to have a new tone and be bipartisan when you have 58 Democratic Senators and not 51."
— Todd Zwillich from Capitol News Connection on the likelihood of cooperation in the new Democratic majority in the Senate

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More on Caroline Kennedy's bow out from Senate run

Thursday, January 22, 2009

For more on the vacant U.S. Senate seat, WNYC's Brian Lehrer joins us in the studio for his take on Caroline Kennedy's withdrawal and what it means for New York and for Ms. Kennedy. Was it political blow-back that made her change her name? Or was it the possibility that she flubbed her job interview? Todd Zwillich, from Capitol News Connection, contributes his thoughts on the replacement process from Washington, D.C.

"I don't think it was because her Uncle Ted is sick, I think if anything that would have been an inspiration for her to try to get the seat to follow in the family tradition."
— WNYC's Brian Lehrer on Caroline Kennedy's decision to withdraw her name for consideration for the vacant New York senate seat

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War. Recession. Ethics. Pay freezes. And that's just the first day.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yesterday marked President Barack Obama’s first full day in office and he certainly had a full docket. Two wars, an economic recession, government ethics, White House pay freezes. He even took the oath of office. Again. All in a day's work for the 44th President. For more we return to Capitol News Connection's Todd Zwillich.

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The view from Capitol Hill

Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Obama’s cabinet is almost confirmed. Despite a last minute delay, even Hillary Rodham Clinton was able to be confirmed as the new Secretary of State. The latest roadblock? Obama's pick for Attorney General, Eric Holder, had his confirmation postponed, which may not bode well for a cordial working relationship between the President and the Congress. With more on the confirmations and the comings and going on Capitol Hill we turn to Todd Zwillich reporter for Capitol News Connection.

The crowds at the Inauguration as viewed from space. Shot courtesy of NASA.

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Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show’s special coverage of the presidential inauguration includes:

From Washington, DC: WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein and Siddhartha Mitter; plus The TakeAway’s Femi Oke; and Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection;

From New York City: WNYC’s Beth Fertig, Bob Hennelly, Arun Venugopal, Terrance McKnight, and Allison ...

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An update from the crowded sidewalks of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The streets and sidewalks of Washington, D.C. are filling up with excited people from across the nation and around the world as the final preparation for Barack Obama's swearing in as president get underway. We check in with Capitol News Connection's Todd Zwillich who is on the podium waiting for the President-elect, Femi Oke who is on the increasingly crowded sidewalks of D.C., and the New York Times' Marcus Mabry.

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Checking in on Inauguration preparation

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Chaos has embarked upon our nation's capitol today and no one knows that better than Capitol News Connection's Todd Zwillich. He joins us from one of the best seats in the business for today’s festivities. Being a Washington insider he used his credentials to secure a prime seat a mere 50 yards from where the soon-to-be President will be sworn in. All he has to do now though is wait and while he waits, he’s met quite a cast of characters.

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Back to work in Washington

Monday, January 19, 2009

After a celebratory concert at the Lincoln Memorial, President-elect Obama offered words of inspiration and notes of caution to the nation. He said he needed time to show positive change in the country. Once the pomp of inauguration is done, Congress has a long and strategic list to get through. Here with a look at that list is Todd Zwillich, reporter for Capitol News Connection in Washington.

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The first couple: An intimate portrait

Friday, January 16, 2009

In 1996 Barack and Michelle Obama were interviewed and photographed for a book on couples in America. The pictures didn’t make it into the book and they were filed away in photographer Mariana Cook’s studio until this week, when one of them appeared in The New Yorker. Photographer and writer Mariana Cook joins Adaora and Todd to talk about the interview and discuss her images.




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China's one-child policy gets the once over

Friday, January 16, 2009

China's family planning commission has released a survey saying that 70% of Chinese women wish they could have two babies or more partially because they worry that an only child is likely to become lonely or spoiled. The commission just announced the survey, but there is a twist, it was conducted in 2006, but is only being released now. For more on the survey and what it might mean for China's one-child policy, we're joined by Quentin Sommerville, the BBC's Beijing Correspondent.

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Israel wants a cease-fire, but there are stipulations

Friday, January 16, 2009

For three weeks Israeli forces have gouged deep into Gaza in an attempt to rout out Hamas operatives who are accused of firing rockets into Israel. Their offensive has raised the ire of the international community and the pleas for peace have intensified as civilian casualties mount up. Egypt, the United Nations, and the United States have all been working to craft a cease-fire. Today, Israeli government officials are spreading around the world bringing new hope for an imminent cease-fire. But what does Israel need for a durable and lasting peace? To answer that we turn to Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli government who joins us from Jerusalem.

"Our goal is a long, sustained, durable quiet in the south that is ultimately good both for Palestinians and Israelis."
— Israeli spokesman Mark Regev on Israel's goals for their offensive in Gaza

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Notorious, the Biggie Smalls biopic opens today

Friday, January 16, 2009

Christopher Wallace, who is more commonly known as Biggie Smalls or the Notorious B.I.G., was at the height of his hip-hop career in the early 90s when his rise to super-stardom was tragically cut short. Twelve years ago, at the age of 24, he was killed in a now-infamous drive by shooting. "Notorious," a biopic based on Biggie Smalls' life, hits theaters nationwide today. For a look at what this film means for Biggie Smalls' legacy, we are joined by Voletta Wallace. Voletta Wallace is the mother of the late Biggie Smalls and is one of the film's producers.

Watch the trailer for the new film "Notorious".

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A plan to reconfigure the global economy

Friday, January 16, 2009

Economist Paul Volcker, chairman-designate of the newly formed Economic Recovery Advisory Board in President-elect Obama's administration, has unveiled a plan that demands a new way of thinking and restructuring the global financial system. Although it’s theoretical, it could provide clues to the kinds of changes President-elect Obama will push for once he's in office. For an assessment of this plan, The Takeaway is joined by Janet Tavakoli. Tavakoli is founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance. She’s also author of the new book, Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 miles from Wall Street.

"I'm sure Wall Street is delighted with this appointment, because it's just Christopher Cox in a dress."
— Janet Tavakoli on the appointment of Mary Schapiro to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission

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Out in the Greenwash: Creating sustainability in America

Friday, January 16, 2009

Yesterday, the U.S. House Democrats unveiled a stimulus bill that would designate $54 billion to renewable energy. But the problem in creating a sustainable energy source may not lie in funding for green projects, but the manner in which they are implemented. In her latest piece for PBS’s Blueprint America Maria Hinojosa, a senior correspondent for NOW on PBS, explores the issues confronting implementing green energy in California, greenwashing everywhere, and how it may be a reflection for the future of eco-politics.

Don't forget to watch Maria Hinojosa's report "Blueprint America: Power Struggle" airing tonight on PBS's NOW.

Watch a PBS/NOVA report on "The Big Energy Gamble" in California.

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