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Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Republicans push for changes in stimulus bill, then don't support it

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Senate Democrats advanced the $800 billion plus stimulus bill yesterday, but just three Republicans voted for the bill in a procedural vote, and no additional Republican support is expected in the final vote today. Even though they don't support the bill, Republican Senators pushed for many changes in it. Takeaway Correspondent Andrea Bernstein and Susanna Capelouto, News Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting, join Todd and Katherine to talk through why that might be.

Follow the dollars online and tell us how the stimulus plan is playing out in your community. We're sharing your stories online and on air, and we'll continue the investigation with your help.

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Best in show, worst for the dog

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

This week, New York City hosts the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a showcase for best of the best of each breed of dog. But how breeders create those perfect dogs is the subject of much debate and a new documentary by our partners at the BBC is adding flames to the fire. In fact, their research was so provocative that it prompted big changes at the British Kennel Club. Producer Jemima Harrison joins us to explain why what makes for best in show could be the worst for dogs.

For more, turn to the BBC's report documenting how the methods used to produce breeds like the King Charles spaniel, boxers and pugs could cause debilitating inherited genetic problems for the dogs. Watch here.

Then to cheer yourself up a bit, watch this:

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Call for transparency in spending of TARP funds

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Should banks be required to explain how they spend taxpayer dollars? That was the 700 billion dollar question the Bush administration struggled with last fall while constructing the TARP. Today as we anticipate the reworked version of the TARP, it seems the Obama administration has a whole new set of questions, like how to restore public faith in the bailout. David Barstow, a New York Times reporter covering the bank bailout, joins us this morning.

For more on this, read David Barstow's article, Calls for Clarity in New Bailout for U.S. Banks, in today's New York Times.

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Iran celebrating a revolution that many don't remember

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today marks the 30th anniversary of a momentous event in history: the Iranian Revolution. Thirty years ago, Iran was a monarchy ruled by the U.S.-backed Shah. The revolution saw the overthrow of the Shah and the coming to power of Islamic clerics under Ayatollah Khomenei. But did you know that almost half the current population of modern-day Iran are under the age of 25? That means that a huge percentage of modern Iran don’t remember the revolution at all, because they weren’t there. But that doesn’t mean the revolution of 1979 has not shaped their lives. For more we turn to BBC Correspondent Jon Leyne who joins us from Tehran.

On the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Tehran Correspondent Jon Leyne, took a look at the new cultural revolution in Iran.

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World Have Your Say on the Israeli election

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Israelis head to the polls today and the race is too close to call. The election is being very closely watched as the outcome will undeniably influence the prospects for peace in the region. To find out what the Israeli voters are saying, we turn to Ros Atkins, a presenter for the BBC World Service's World Have Your Say, who was staked out all day in a shop in Tel Aviv talking to voters.

Here's a video of World Have Your Say encamped in Israel yesterday

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Your take on the stimulus package

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

First the U.S. House of Representatives, then the U.S. Senate, now it is our listeners' turn to debate the stimulus package. What do our listeners want and expect from the economic stimulus plan? They are here to tell you.

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President Obama pushes his stimulus in prime time

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

President Obama gave his first prime time press conference last night. He used the chance to push hard for his economic stimulus plan. Many of us were glued to our television screens, but April Ryan, the White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio networks, was actually there. She joins us from Washington.

In Obama's prepared opening remarks, he addressed the economic crisis and pushed for the stimulus bill.

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And he's out! Alex Rodriguez cops to steroid use

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Used to be that stolen bases were the bad behavior of baseball, but America’s pastime balked as Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted to taking performance enhancing substances while playing for the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003. Condemnation was swift. Even the President weighed in to express his disappointment. But with so many other athletes admitting to the same, are we really shocked anymore? Takeaway Sports Contributor David Zirin, the author of “A People’s History of Sports in the United States,” joins us for a rundown.

Read Jeff Beresford-Howe's take on A-Rod's admission.

President Obama addressed Rodriguez's steroid use at his press conference on Monday.

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TARP take two

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will announce how the second half of the $700 billion Congress approved to bailout troubled banks will be spent. The Bush Administration's implementation of the so-called “Troubled Asset Relief Program,” or TARP, got plenty of criticism. Will Obama and his crew do better? Lizzie O'Leary, Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News, and Tom McCool, Director of the Center for Economics at the Government Accountability Office, join Todd and Katherine to look at how TARP may be different the second time around.

"What they want to do is essentially provide a government guarantee against loss, but an incentive for private investors to do well on the upside if these assets turn around and start performing."
— Bloomberg reporter Lizzie O'Leary on the use of TARP funds

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Sen. Ben Nelson works hard for peace in the Senate

Monday, February 09, 2009

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb) has a long history of reaching across party lines to reach consensus on pressing issues in the Senate. His ability to bring together Republicans and Democrats to compromise on key policy has been instrumental to passing important legislation in the past. In the face of the partisan bickering over the stimulus, and the President's statement that he wants a bipartisan solution to the economic crisis, Senator Nelson finds himself in the center of the debate.

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Only in America? The U.S. health system and the California octuplets

Monday, February 09, 2009

All eyes were on a California woman who gave birth to octuplets earlier this year. The birth of eight children was a modern medical miracle orchestrated by an enormous team of doctors and nurses, and it is a procedure that would not have been possible in many other countries. To explain why our health care system makes successful multiple births more likely we are joined by Dr. Samantha Butts, an OB/Gyn at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Et tu, A-Rod? Positive test for steroids tarnishes reputation

Monday, February 09, 2009

When it came to light that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003, baseball fans were shocked. His teammates and fellow players were shocked too, but for different reasons. The Baseball Player's Association, the union for ballplayers, held on to the results of voluntary drug tests submitted by the players. If they hadn't, for better or worse, the world would not have known about A-Rod's steroid use. For more we turn to Anthony Reiber of Newsday who joins us from the New York Yankees training camp in Tampa, Florida.

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The Idiot's Guide to vetting a cabinet nominee

Monday, February 09, 2009

Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Nancy Kilefer, Tim Geithner, and now Hilda Solis. What do all these names have in common? They were all named to top jobs in President Obama's administration. And all of them stumbled (or fell) due to questions that arose during the confirmation process. Does President Obama have a vetting problem? To answer that question we are joined by Kenneth Gross, a vetting expert who worked with President Bill Clinton.

To see more about President Obama's cabinet picks, see our guide to his inner circle.

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Stimulus plans go global

Monday, February 09, 2009

The United States is far from the only nation to develop a plan to get its economy back on track. In fact, at least 33 other countries have done the same. Justin Fox, business and economics columnist for Time Magazine, joins Katherine and Todd to look at how some other nations are approaching this thorny problem and what we might be able to learn from them.

For more from Justin Fox, check out his blog The Curious Capitalist for Time Magazine.

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The week ahead in Washington (not to mention Indiana and Florida)

Monday, February 09, 2009

It's Monday morning and we're gazing ahead to the week in Washington. Might we see new evidence that bipartisanship is possible? Where is President Obama headed? And what's going on with the TARP? Helping us gaze into the future is Stephanie Mehta, the assistant managing editor at Fortune Magazine.

The AP has an interesting report on the multi-billion dollar Troubled Assets Relief Program also known as TARP.

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A new report from the BBC reveals low optimism in Afghanistan

Monday, February 09, 2009

Our partners, the BBC, just released the results of an opinion poll of residents of Afghanistan. The poll finds that that the majority of Afghans still strongly oppose the return of the Taliban, but are increasingly disillusioned and uncertain about the future of their country. For more on these results, we turn to Ian Parnell of the BBC, who joins us from Kabul, Afghanistan.

For more on the future of Afghanistan, read the BBC's coverage.

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As one stimulus package is debated, the legacy of another is demolished

Monday, February 09, 2009

President Obama is pushing Congress to finalize his stimulus bill —a plan that would provide federal dollars for projects across the country. At the same time, hundreds of buildings commissioned by another U.S. President in the middle of an economic crisis are being torn down. Buildings commissioned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration are being demolished. Tracie Rozhon, freelance reporter for The New York Times joins us for a look at a group that has started a new national movement to save the buildings that lay at the center of the New Deal.

For more information on the fate of WPA buildings, read Tracie Rozhon's article, New Deal Architecture Faces Bulldozer in today's New York Times.

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Going off the grid in the push to broadband

Monday, February 09, 2009

They’re calling it the modern day equivalent of the electrical grid, or the interstate highway system. Seven billion dollars of the stimulus plan making its way through Congress right now is devoted to bringing broadband internet to under-served parts of the country. But technology experts worry that the multi-billion dollar tech plan will suffer if we don’t have more time to look at exactly what technology we’re getting. One of these experts is The Takeaway's technology contributor Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor at the University of Virginia, who joins us now to talk about these concerns.

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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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