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Newt Gingrich Readies Presidential Bid

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

He's got a website, an exploratory committee and a history of leadership; can Newt Gingrich become the next president? The former speaker of the house has officially entered the race. With analysis is Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich

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Lawmakers Begin New Round on Negotiations on Debt

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The president travels to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan today; but back in Washington the debate over the budget and debt ceilign continues. A bipartisan group of lawmakers will meet for the first time with Vice President Joe Biden to try to find an agreement on raising the debt limit. And as can be expected, there's a lot of jockeying and lowering of expectations. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich shares the latest.

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Law Firm Won't Defend the Defense of Marriage Act

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Republicans and Democrats have been fighting over the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law denying federal benefits to same sex partners. The House had hired the law firm, King & Spalding, to defend the law in court as DOMA faces constitutional challenges from gay rights group. However, the firm has dropped the House as a client, saying they won't argue the case. The firm didn't offer a concrete reason for its move; however, Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains that gay rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign were getting ready to launch a major campaign against the firm.

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All Politics is National in Budget Vote

Friday, April 15, 2011

The House passed a yearlong spending bill on Thursday that would cut $39 billion from national spending. 179 Republicans and 81 Democrats voted for the measure, which will keep the government running until September. But the vote did a lot more than avert a shutdown. It laid bare, for the first time, a new dynamic at work in Congress. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how the vote showed that sometimes all politics is not always local.

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Judging Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan

Thursday, April 14, 2011

President Barack Obama outlined a comprehensive plan on Wednesday to reduce the nation's looming deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years. His plan, which includes tax increases for the wealthy, changes to social welfare programs and long-term spending cuts, was offered as a Democratic alternative to the proposal put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) which would fundamentally alter Medicare and Medicaid. In the next few weeks, members of Congress will have to decide whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling, and Vice President Joe Biden will lead negotiations to move congressional leaders towards common ground. Will they find it? 

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Al Jazeera on Reporting the American Muslim Radicalization Hearings

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On Thursday, the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Republican Congressman Peter King, is scheduled to hold a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims. Earlier, we spoke with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative, who was concerned that the coverage of the hearing in the Muslim world could further damage the relationship between America and Islam. Such concerns are surely connected to the media in the Middle East. How will the hearings be covered in the Muslim world? 

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In Budget Battle, First Big Test for Boehner

Monday, March 07, 2011

As the battle over the budget continues in Congress this week, Speaker of the House John Boehner faces what might be his first big test as he has been criticized by both the right and the left. The Tea Party has put extreme pressure on Boehner to keep him from compromising with President Obama and the Democrats; at the same time he faces a Senate that's not under his party's control. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest on the budget negotiations and whether a government shutdown is still a possibility.

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House Avoids Shutdown; Senate Votes Next

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. House approved a stopgap budget on Tuesday that would buy Congress more time to approve a final budget. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure today. In a vote of 335-91, the House voted to cut $4 billion in spending in order to keep the government open until March 18. We talk with Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the bargaining chips being used to avoid a government shutdown.

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Backers Urge Passage of 9/11 First Responders' Bill by Christmas

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

With Christmas just days away, the lame-duck Congress has been working around the clock to get promised pieces of legislation pushed through. But one notable bill that hasn't been checked off the to-do list is the 9/11 First Responders' Bill. If passed, it would provide health care to thousands of firefighters, policemen and emergency workers who suffer health problems because of their work at Ground Zero. Will Congress deliver?

 

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Senate Passes Tax Cut Deal

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The White House/GOP deal to extend both the across-the-board Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits passed the Senate yesterday. Next stop: the House of Representatives. But unlike the Senate, the House's members on both sides are further out on the fringes, making a "yea" vote for the deal more difficult to garner. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us to look ahead at the wrangling to come.

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Dream Act: A Snowball's Chance in Congress?

Thursday, December 09, 2010

There are a lot of items on the agenda today for Congress: votes on the so-called Dream Act, a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, and tax cuts. But will any of them pass? We speak with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich to get a better idea of what might actually get through Congress and what's likely to be dead on arrival. 

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Rhode Island's Unique Political Landscape this Midterm Season

Monday, October 25, 2010

Today, we take a deeper look at Rhode Island's political landscape in the run-up to the midterm elections. Rhode Island's unemployment rate, at 11 percent, is one of the highest in the country. Democrats are fighting to hang on to Patrick Kennedy's vacated house seat and President Obama has yet to endorse the Democratic candidate for governor, who is locked in a fierce four-way race. 

We talk to Buddy Cianci, former mayor of Providence and current host of WPRO's talk radio program The Buddy Cianci Show.  

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Senate Approves Bill to Regulate Volume on TV Commercials

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that would require companies to regulate the volume on their television commercials.

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WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, August 09, 2010

David Sanger, of The NYT, on troop levels in Afghanistan, the BP oil spill, Elena Kagan and the House jobs bill.

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Obama Signs Financial Regulatory Bill

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The bill is being called the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression.

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Senate Votes to End Filibuster on Jobless Benefits Bill

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Senate voted 60-40 Tuesday to end a filibuster on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits.

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The Agenda: Unfinished Business in Washington, State of the Economy

Monday, July 12, 2010

On Capitol Hill this week, Democratic lawmakers will make a last-ditch attempt to get the financial regulations bill passed before heading into mid-term elections. Democratic Senators are also struggling to extend unemployment benefits to the nation's jobless, but have yet to secure enough votes to avoid a Republican filibuster. And while the Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, it is likely Republicans will delay Tuesday's vote until next week.

Outside the beltway, this week marks the start of earnings season. Investors and economics will be watching closely to see if the economy is on the road to recovery or headed for a double-dip recession.

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After Financial Reform, G-20 Begins

Friday, June 25, 2010

Lawmakers reach an agreement on financial reform legislation.

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A Change at the Top for BP

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tony Hayward was questioned by lawmakers for several hours.

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Political Primaries in Alabama and New Mexico Draw National Attention

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Alabama and New Mexico hold political primaries today.

In Alabama, a number of noteworthy races: Rep. Parker Griffith will appear on the ballot for the first time as a Republican, after switching from the Democratic party in 2009. But will Alabama Republicans accept him as one of their own? Also in Alabama, Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is attempting to become the state's first African American nominee for governor. He's running against Agricultural Commissioner Ron Sparks.

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