President Obama heads to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania this week for a trip that will focus on trade and investment relations. But not everyone in these countries is excited about his trip. Lerato Mbele is a South African journalist and co-host of BBC's Newsday. She reports from Johannesburg on President Obama's mixed reception and how it compares to the "Obamania" of 5 years ago.
Yesterday the Senate got behind a plan to increase security along the US-Mexico border. In a 67-27 vote, Senators agreed to double the number of agents along the border and finish 700 miles of fencing—a plan with a price tag of roughly $40 billion over the next 10 years. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, is with us to discuss this development.
The U.S. Supreme Court seems to have avoided a big decision in the affirmative action case, Fisher vs. The University of Texas. The Court essentially issued a non-ruling, sending the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. To find out what this sidestep means, we welcome Kareem Crayton, professor of law at the University of North Carolina Law School.
Yesterday, in a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives rejected all $940 billion dollars worth of the farm bill. Democrats opposed the bill because it cut food stamps for low-income families by $20.5 billion over a decade. On the other hand, Republicans were upset that the bill didn't cut enough. The result was 195 yeas and 234 nays. The Takeaway’s Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on the surprising defeat from Washington D.C.
Republicans are pushing for stronger border security measures, threatening to derail immigration reforms if their demands are not met. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, provides us with an update on immigration legislation. Though it may be tough to pass a bill, one Republican, a former Texas state legislator, sees the border a little differently. Aaron Pena, former member of the Texas House of Representatives, joins us to discuss how this issue is playing out along the border.
According to President Obama, even if you didn't know about the N.S.A.'s phone-and-Internet data collection programs your Congressman did. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich has been making the rounds on the Hill to find out who knew and who says they didn't know about the program.
It's going to come down to a debate over security versus equity for illegal immigrants in the U.S. The senate begins debate this week on a compromise immigration reform bill that is not a done deal despite the optimism from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Momentum has a way of becoming molasses in this congress. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich weighs in.
President Obama is expected to announce today his three nominations to fill vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court, which is often believed to be the second most important in the country, has been stalled and stymied by congressional gridlock over judicial appointments of all kinds. The president has chosen a law professor, a lawyer and a federal judge.
Congress holds the first hearing today into the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups for unwarranted scrutiny. Over a series of hearings, the House Ways and Means Committee will question current and former officials about the screening of applications for tax-exempt status.
This week, three major scandals have picked up steam in Washington: the I.R.S. unfairly targeting conservative groups, the Department of Justice's subpoena of journalists' phone numbers and last year's attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich shares the latest on the series of firestorms in Washington.
Today marks the 37th time the House has attempted to repeal the health care law. Is there any possibility of the law finally being overturned, and if not, why do Republican leaders persist in attempting to do so? The Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains.
We now know the I.R.S.'s special scrutiny of small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status went far beyond keyword hunts for organizations with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. It also included searches for applicants seeking to “make America a better place to live” or “criticize how the country is being run,” according to a draft audit by the inspector general.
On Monday, New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee introduced a bill that would allow the US to provide weapons to the Syrian opposition. He spoke to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich about the proposed legislation.
In a move that pits the Obama administration firmly against women's reproductive health advocates, the Justice Department filed a notice to appeal a judge's decision to allow girls under 15 years old to have over-the-counter access to the morning after pill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the legal and political battle.
Congress now wants to know why the FBI did not pursue further investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect killed last week. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich walks us through how Congress is digesting the Boston attacks, and what that might mean for security policy.
Whether you know it or not, you have a legal obligation to claim any out-of-state purchases made online on your state tax return. A bill being voted on today would change that, and make it so that all online purchases are subject to state and local taxes.
The United States Senate on Wednesday voted down the proposed restrictions to curb gun violence in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at the final political showdown and considers whether the NRA has won the gun debate-- and why.
The explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line left three dead and many more injured. Two days after the tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions. Todd Zwillich and Callie Crossley update us on the situation in Washington and in Boston. Eric Schmitt, a national security correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains the mechanics of the Boston bombs.
In a groundbreaking move, a compromise has been reached on gun legislation between Senators Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia and Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania. It sets the stage for the Senate to take up a debate on gun legislation today. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains.