Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

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Finance Regulatory Bill Blocked in Senate

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Senate Republicans held their caucus together and blocked debate on a bill to re-regulate the financial industry late Monday afternoon. Only one Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, joined the GOP in a procedural move to prevent the bill from coming to the Senate floor. Other Democrats indicated that they would delay the rest of their agenda in order to keep bringing the bill back, perhaps as soon as Tuesday.

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Takeouts: Immigration Reform in Democrat's Crosshairs, Your Take on Secret Recipes

Monday, April 26, 2010

  • CONGRESSIONAL TAKEOUT: Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses the new sense of urgency in Washington for immigration reform, and how the Democrats' agenda might get disrupted as a result.
  • LISTENERS TAKEOUT:  Friday, we talked to Todd Wilbur, a cookbook author turned master in the art of cloning secret recipes. This morning, we hear your take on what makes you keep or share kitchen secrets.


Power Players: Sen. John Thune on Financial Reform

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Every week, our own Todd Zwillich walks the halls of power in Washington D.C. and brings back an interview for our podcast, "Power Players." This week, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) talks about the chances for bipartisan financial reform.


Obama Pushes Financial Reform in New York, Congress Debates It on 'Bring Your Kids to Work' Day

Thursday, April 22, 2010

President Obama visits Lower Manhattan today, to make his case for financial regulation at Cooper Union, not far from Wall Street. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about Obama's visit. He looks at the continuing debate over reform in Congress as well, where it is 'bring your kids to work day.'


    Signs of Progress as Congress Debates Financial Reform

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    The financial regulatory reform bill is moving quickly through Congress this week, having already passed the House. But Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at one of biggest flash points as the Senate debates the bill: Derivatives. It's an industry worth about $500-600 trillion and has remained largely free of regulation up to know. Todd explains how Congress is trying to bring sunlight to a typically murky practice.


    Takeouts: Preview of the Legislative Week Ahead, NBA Playoffs

    Monday, April 19, 2010

    • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with a look at what the legislative week has in store for us, up on Capitol Hill.
    • Sports Takeout:  Takeaway Sports correspondent Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the first games of the NBA playoffs. He says there might just be an upset brewing. 


    Takeouts: Obama's Tax Returns Show Frugal First Family, NBA Playoffs

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with analysis of the first family's tax returns.  
    • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matini previews the best games to watch as the NBA playoffs get underway this weekend.


    Power Players: Sen. Orrin Hatch; Fair Tax Advocate Jim Tomasik

    Thursday, April 15, 2010


    Every week, Todd Zwillich roams the halls of power in Washington D.C. and brings back his best interviews for Power Players.  Today, on Tax Day, Todd brings two: the first, an interview with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) about potential nominees for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' seat, and second, an interview with Fair Tax Advocate Jim Tomasik, the permit holder for the tax reform rally held at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. today.


    Takeouts: Arizona Passes Harsh Anti-Illegal Immigration Laws, Washington Lawmakers Investigate Mine Explosion

    Thursday, April 15, 2010

    • IMMIGRATION REFORM: In Arizona, state lawmakers approved some of the harshest anti-illegal-immigration measures ever. Mark Brodie, reporter and host at member station KJZZ joins us from Phoenix to discuss if these laws are tough measures for a tough problem or little more than legalized racial profiling. 
    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Following the tragic mine explosion, which killed 29 miners and injured others in Montcoal, West Virginia, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are not taking the institutional inertia that lead to this tragedy lightly. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.



    Takeouts: Capitol Hill as Training Ground for Top Lobby Jobs, START Treaty's Journey Through Congress

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: What’s the difference between a Washington Lobbyist and a former congressional aide? It sounds like the setup to a bad joke, but in fact, Louise Story, The New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter, says that the question is actually very valid and becoming very hard to answer.
    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: With the nuclear summit winding down, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the future of the START treaty, which President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed last week. The treaty aims to significantly decrease the amount of nuclear weapons between the two countries, but it looks like it's going to be a long and slow journey for START treaty in Congress.


    Takeouts: Political News, Your Responses

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us about Sidney Thomas and why his name is being floated as a possible replacement to Justice John Paul Stevens. We also talk about states that are challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, and Congress' decision on extending unemployment benefits.
    • RESPONSES TAKEOUT: We hear from you, our listeners, and what you had to say about a replacement for Justice Stevens. And we hear the nominees for the Takeaway t-shirt contest.

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    Looking for the Next Justice

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    Justice John Paul Stevens announced on Friday that he will retire this June, after spending 35 years on the bench. Democrats say they want to move quickly into the nomination process in order to have the next justice confirmed by the end of the summer.

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    Gov. Bob McDonnell's 'Confederacy Month' Provokes Debate Over Civil Rights Sensibilities

    Thursday, April 08, 2010

    Confederate History Month is officially back in Virginia, but not without its fair share of controversy. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared the month of April "Confederacy Month." The proclamation was met by fanfare, applause, and loud protest.

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    Takeouts: NCAA Final, Partisan Bickering Blocks Unemployment Benefits

    Tuesday, April 06, 2010

    • SPORTS: Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin analyzes the results of the NCAA championship and what the tournament success means for both Butler and Duke.
    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: More than 200,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits today because of partisan bickering in the Senate. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how “politics as usual” is hitting so many regular Americans where it hurts.


    Power Players: Sen. Lindsey Graham on 'Black Liquor'

    Friday, April 02, 2010


    In the course of reporting last week's massive health care overhaul, Todd Zwillich came across a strange detail in the $25 billion legislation. He asks Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham about "black liquor" — a mysterious substance that affects many people in Graham's home state (even though he'd never heard of it).


    Takeouts: President OK's Oil Drilling, Big Money for Hedge Fund Managers

    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: President Obama announced yesterday that he would lift some bans on off-shore drilling in a future, comprehensive environmental bill he hopes to get to congress before the 2010 elections. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains the politics behind the move. 
    • FINANCE TAKEOUT: 2009 was a record year for the nation’s top hedge fund managers. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for our partner The New York Times, gives us a sneak peek at surprising earnings data that shows that the top 25 earning managers pulled in a collective $25 billion last year alone.


    The Strange Tale of 'Black Liquor' and $25 Billion

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Health care reform is now the law of the land, and after the months of protracted debate, you'd think there couldn't be any details left to tease out, but our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, discovered that lawmakers never once mentioned a $25 billion detail in the bill, pertaining to a mysteriously named substance: black liquor. 

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    Takeouts: Recess Appointments, NCAA's Final Four

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    • CONGRESS: President Obama issued 15 recess appointments on Saturday. The procedure allows senior federal officials to be appointed without confirmation from the Senate. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the procedure, along with the Republican reaction.
    • SPORTS: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the weekend's action in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and looks at who's left in the Final Four.


    The Tipsy Accounting of 'Black Liquor'

    Sunday, March 28, 2010


    Republicans love to accuse President Obama of being "drunk on spending." And when I saw that $25 billion of the recently-passed health care overhaul bill was financed with something called "black liquor," I thought Democrats had finally decided to shed all pretense and live up to the GOP's epithets.

    I initally thought (even hoped) that black liquor was some clandestine toxic Tennessee moonshine, or a minority-owned spirits concern facing pay-back for wronging a powerful congressman. No such luck: It turns out black liquor is a merely a dark, burnable byproduct of the pulp-making process, a fuel that paper companies across the South can burn in their factories to cut costs.

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    Takeouts: No Fix Yet for Struggling Homeowners, Republicans' 'Vote-A-Rama'

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: A year into the government's loan modification program, the Treasury's internal watchdog says the federal program might fail to prevent foreclosures. Meanwhile, private lender Bank of America announces major changes in how they will treat struggling homeowners. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story discusses whether the public or private sector is in the best position to heal the housing market.
    • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Sure it's officially law, but that doesn't mean the Senate is going to give health care a rest. Our Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich sat in on last night's 'vote-a-rama' where Republicans offered amendment after amendment in nine hours of non-stop voting designed to derail the final version of health care reform. He brings us the highlights and the final tally of votes.