Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

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Analysis: The Video of the U.S. Soldier Held by Taliban

Monday, July 20, 2009

A chilling video was released last weekend of the first U.S. soldier, Army Private Bowe R. Bergdahl, to be captured by the Taliban since the war started in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old was serving with an infantry regiment in Eastern Afghanistan when he was captured. Nicholas Schmidle, a fellow at the New America Foundation and author of "To Live or To Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years Inside Pakistan" joins The Takeaway to talk about what this video means. And from Kabul, Afghanistan, Wall Street Journal reporter Anand Gopal also joins the discussion.

You can watch a clip of the video below.


Reviewing Judge Sotomayor's Week

Friday, July 17, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's testimony in front of the Senate's judicial committee wrapped up yesterday. Democrats plan a final Senate vote to confirm Sotomayor in early August. The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, has been covering (and tweeting) every moment of the confirmation hearings for the nation's first Hispanic Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court; he joins us with the week's highlights.

Watch Frank Ricci's questions to Sotomayor in the video below.


Highlights from the Sotomayor Hearings, Day Three

Thursday, July 16, 2009

As Judge Sonia Sotomayor prepares for another long day in front of the U.S. Senate Judicial Committee, we turn to The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich. He was there for all of yesterday's highlights and he joins us with his take on the ongoing confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee. (Todd is Twittering the hearings' highlights; follow him on

"The way to keep one's sanity in watching these hearings is principally to look at them as markers on our path of constitutional development."
—Columbia University law professor Nate Persily on Sonia Sotomayor's hearings

Here, Sen. Al Franken questions Sotomayor on abortion and the Constitution:

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A Sotomayor Critic Weighs In

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's the third day of Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with the latest. We are also joined by David Kopel, who will be testifying against the Supreme Court nominee. David Kopel works for the Independence Institute as a researcher and is a policy analyst with the conservative Cato Institute.

Here's Sen. Sessions quizzing Sonia Sotomayor yesterday:

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Judge Sotomayor Speaks: A Recap of Day Two

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yesterday U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor faced a full day of questioning from senators. The Hispanic nominee was grilled on her past decisions, her judicial philosophy, and her now infamous "wise Latina" statement. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich was there for it all. He joins us with all the highlights of Day Two and a look ahead at Day Three of the Senate confirmation hearings.

"Even Lindsey Graham who came at her has, of course, famously now said, 'Unless you have a meltdown, you're going to be confirmed.' And it did appear to a lot of people in the room that he was turning up the heat to see if he could cause the meltdown after he said that."
—Todd Zwillich on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings


Sotomayor: Grilling the 'Wise Latina'

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yesterday was the first day of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings. Today the senators will get their chance to challenge the nominee on her rulings, speeches, and judicial philosophy. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with a look at the highlights.

If you missed Sonia Sotomayor's opening statement, here it is:


Sonia Sotomayor Hearings Day 2 (Hour 2)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The hearings continue, as does the analysis. Guests include: Jami Floyd, host of "Best Defense" on In Session and part of the Clinton White house; Burt Neuborne, legal director at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU; Erica Gonzalez, opinion page editor for El Diario-La Prensa, who is ...

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Sonia Sotomayor Hearings Day 2 (Hour 1)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Sonia Sotomayor nomination hearings kick off today at 10am with questioning from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hear live coverage, along with analysis and updates from inside the hearings. Guests include: Jami Floyd, host of "Best Defense" on In Session and part of the Clinton White ...

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Sotomayor's Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin

Monday, July 13, 2009

Today is opening day of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The Takeaway talks to Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich on what to expect. (Todd will tweet live from the hearings, so follow them on TheTakeaway's Twitter feed.)


Sotomayor Hearings: Day 1 Revisited

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jami Floyd and Todd Zwillich helps revisit some of the highlights from the last two hours of hearings.

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Sotomayor Hearings: Day 1

Monday, July 13, 2009

The confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court begin today. The Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is at the hearings and gives an update. Jami Floyd, host of Best Defense on on the legal News Network In Session, discusses what issues will be key during ...

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Passing the Test

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Sonia Sotomayor nomination hearings begin today: Todd Zwillich and Jami Floyd preview what to expect and put the hearings in context. Plus, the Fresh Air Fund needs help giving kids a summer vacation outdoors. And, how to ace your phone interview. Cast your vote for our ...

As the G8 Ends, a Presidential Speech

Friday, July 10, 2009

This morning, President Obama addressed the nation and the world from L'Aquila, Italy, the site of the G8 summit. His wide-ranging speech covered topics from climate change to the economy, from Iran to American health care. Joining The Takeaway to parse the president's speech are April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Click through to read a transcript of President Obama's speech.


Battle of the Behemoths: Google vs. Microsoft

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Google has announced it is planning to launch an operating system for personal computers. This move is seen as a direct challenge to Microsoft's dominance in the PC operating system market. Google's move worries privacy groups—and also competitors—who argue that the online search company could leverage its data stores to quickly grow market share. For more, The Takeaway is joined by Sam Grobart, personal technology editor for The New York Times.


Reincarnating Dinner: The Art and Etiquette of Leftovers

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

You're staring into the refrigerator, wondering what to serve for dinner, and you see it: leftover meatloaf. Can you proudly offer your guests meatloaf sandwiches? Or do you need to keep your leftovers to yourself, like a dark secret? To discuss the etiquette of leftovers, we are joined by Henry Alford, who has an article in today’s New York Times on the kooky behavior leftovers inspire. And Melissa Clark, our friend and food writer for The New York Times, is here to provide some practical options for reincarnating dinner.

For more, read Henry Alford's article, The Question of Leftovers, Ever Fresh, in The New York Times.


Leftover rice or risotto? Try Arancini di Riso

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
2 cups leftover cooked rice or risotto
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cups dried Italian-style bread crumbs
2 ounces mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

• Pour enough oil in a heavy large saucepan to reach the depth of 3 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

• Stir the eggs, risotto or rice, Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/2 cup of the bread crumbs in a large bowl to combine.

• Place the remaining breadcrumbs into a medium bowl.

• Using about 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture for each ball, form 2-inch-diameter balls.

• Insert 1 cube of mozzarella into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in the bread crumbs to coat.

• Working in batches, add the rice balls to the hot oil and cook until brown and heated through, turning them as necessary, approximately 4 minutes.

• Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rice balls to paper towels to drain. Season with salt. Let rest 2 minutes. Serve hot.

If you have leftover salmon try Red Flannel Salmon Hash

8 ounces leftover salmon

1 medium-size red beet, roasted or boiled until tender, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 1/2 cups boiled potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 small onion finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon olive oil



Heat butter in a heavy pan (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. When melted add olive oil, then onions. Cook onions until soft, about 8 minutes. Add potatoes, garlic, and beet and big pinch of salt and pepper. Break up the salmon into large chunks and add to pan. Stir well and press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook until a nice brown crust develops on the bottom. Stir well, press down firmly into the pan and allow mixture to form a crust again. Season with salt and pepper. Top with poached eggs for an easy supper.


More Unemployment, More Murders and Suicides

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

A new study reveals a surprising cost of rising unemployment: during a recession, murder and suicide rates increase. The solution? Support groups. Here to tell us more is study co-author David Stuckler, a sociologist fellow at Oxford University. Stuckler is joined by American Chet Kaminski, currently an accountant who this past spring was compelled to join a social unemployment network after eight months without a job.

You can read the study about the public health affects of job loss by checking out the journal article in this week's issue of the medical journal, The Lancet.


Cyberattacks on U.S. and South Korean Computers

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Over the holiday weekend, a concerted cyber attack disrupted computers at several U.S. government agencies, including the websites of the Treasury, the Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Transportation. Officials say it was a sophisticated hack that required more expertise than your average cyber assailant. Meanwhile, South Korea's computers were also hacked with a "denial of service" virus. The crimes were remarkably similar, raising speculation about the source of the crime. For more of the story, The Takeaway talks to Siobhan Gorman, the Wall Street Journal's intelligence correspondent


Climate Tops the Agenda at G8 Summit

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

At this week's G-8 world summit, climate change is an unexpected guest at a meeting usually filled with talks of nuclear disarmament, the world's poor, and trade networks. The meeting takes place in L'Aquila, Italy, the site of the recent earthquake. With the start of the summit comes President Obama's debut into the world of climate negotiations. Can we expect any agreement to come out of this round of talks — all of which are setting the stage for a post-Kyoto climate treaty in Copenhagen in December? Here with his take is Jason Burnett, former energy and climate official with the EPA, now founder of Burnett EcoEnergy, a company that funds clean energy projects.


The Lucky Few: Fans Who Attended Jackson's Memorial

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Of Michael Jackson's millions of fans worldwide, only a few thousand were lucky enough to attend the memorial service in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Takeaway talks to Melvin Price, an electrician in North Hampton, England, who flew to Los Angeles and was rewarded with the miraculous appearance of two tickets to the service, and with Karen Thompson, a cosmetologist from Compton, California, who was also at the memorial service.

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Hospitals Pledge to Help Uninsured

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hospitals are the latest front of President Obama's drive to reform health care. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce today that hospitals have agreed to spend $150 billion dollars over the next ten years to care for some of the uninsured. What does that mean for hospitals—and patients? The Takeaway talks to Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of New York Presbyterian Hospital and to New York Times reporter David Herszenhorn.

For more, read David Herszenhorn's and Sheryl Gay Stolberg's article, Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs, in The New York Times.

"Patients who don't have a doctor, don't have a nurse practitioner, someone who takes care of them, are often coming to the emergency room too late, more sick, with more required costs. The emergency rooms around the country are just choked."
— Dr. Herbert Pardes on healthcare for the uninsured

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