Todd Zwillich

Takeaway Washington Correspondent

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Takeouts: The Politics of Terror; NBA Playoffs

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called Saturday's attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square an act of terror. Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us why and how the politics of terrorism are playing a role in the White House's response.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, recaps last night's action in the NBA playoffs, previews tonight's games, which includes Game 2 between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers.


Takeouts: Obama Roasts Washington at White House Correspondents Dinner, NBA Playoffs, Listeners Respond

Monday, May 03, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Despite sliding approval numbers, a deeply divided Congress and a full plate of national catastrophes, President Obama displayed his lighter side when he roasted Washington, D.C.'s political and journalistic elite at the Washington Correspondent's Dinner. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us who got hit the hardest by the president's jibes.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT:  Takeaway sports correspondent Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the NBA finals. Will there be a LeBron James/Kobe Bryant showdown next week?
  • LISTENERS RESPOND: Ideas about the good and bad from last week. And why our listeners love Detroit.


Arizona's New Immigration Law Sparks Lawsuits, Protests, and A Roadmap for Reform

Friday, April 30, 2010

Democrats unveiled a framework for immigration reform yesterday, just as cities across the country are bracing for big May Day protests by Immigrant advocacy groups. The groups are hoping to put pressure on Washington to speed up changes to current laws, which some say endanger families with members that have come to the U.S. illegally.


Power Players: Rep. Bennie Thompson on Black Farmer Lobbying

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Black Farmers are on Capitol Hill this week lobbying for payment of a $1.2 Billion settlement ordered to them by a federal judge. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are on their side, so why is it so hard for them to get their check? Todd Zwillich speaks with Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) about some of the bureaucratic snags facing groups who don't have the money for lobbyists.


Senate Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul Bill

Thursday, April 29, 2010

After blocking the debate for three days, Republicans in the Senate finally agreed last night to let Democrats move to a debate on the financial overhaul bill. However the Republicans still oppose much of the overhaul bill and have enough power to ultimately filibuster its passage.


Black Farmers Wait for Promised Money from Government

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thousands of African-American farmers are still waiting to receive $1.25 billion in government settlement money stemming from years of discriminatory loan practices by the United States Department of Agriculture. Congress had until March 31 to appropriate the funds but went on a two-week recess without addressing the issue. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, joined a group of black farmers during a frustrating day on Capitol Hill as they tried to find out if they would ever get paid. 

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Takeouts: Congress Poised to Face-off Against Facebook, NHL Playoffs

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us why Washington lawmakers are ready to face-off against social networking giant Facebook and its Internet ambitions.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor, highlights the NHL playoffs as he recaps the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes, and previews game seven between the Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals.

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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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