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Leaked Memos Paint New Picture of War in Afghanistan

Monday, July 26, 2010

For geographic, political and strategic reasons, Pakistan has been a key player in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. However, new military documents leaked by Wikileaks.org and published by The New York Times have raised the question: just whose side is Pakistan's intelligence agency on?

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City Grapples with Possibility of Losing $600 Million in Federal Funding

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When New York City lawmakers put together their $64 billion budget, they were hoping to get $600 million over the next three years from Washington in the form of Federal Medical Assistance Percentages, or, FMAP funding.

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Can Gen. Petraeus Turn Things Around in Afghanistan?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Less than 48 hours after Rolling Stone’s profile of General Stanley McChrystal went viral on the Internet, President Obama relieved the four-star general of his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. General David Petraeus will now take over the post, leaving behind an opening at the Central Command in Iraq. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, was in the Rose Garden yesterday for Obama’s announcement. He explains the political implications of the president's decision and the response it is getting in Washington. Even though the president tried to drive home the point that strategy was not going to change, this personnel upset has reopened the strategy debate in Washington.

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Financial Overhaul Passes the Senate

Friday, May 21, 2010

After months of debate and attacks from both sides of the aisle, the Senate passed a financial regulatory bill by a 59-39 vote, Thursday. The biggest change in the bill is the creation of an agency whose sole job is to monitor fairness of any product that is bought by the consumer. Next, the Senate and House versions of financial reform have to be reconciled and combined before heading to the president's desk, perhaps as early as the Fourth of July.

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Takeouts: Health Care Update, Census

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: After a year of debates over health care policy, lawmakers are now debating the procedure for passing the bill. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, has the latest news on the bill's journey through Congress.
  • CENSUS TAKEOUT: Tim Olson, assistant division chief with the U.S. Census Bureau, explains how the Census Bureau is counting same-sex couples, whether married or not.

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A High School Teacher Explains Government Gridlock

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under ordinary circumstances, it can be hard to get young people engaged in politics. But when the political system seems broken, does the job become even harder? For the fourth installment in our series, "Frustration Nation," we turn to a high school civics teacher and two students to hear how the turmoil in Washington plays out in the classroom.

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Takeouts: President Obama's Health Care Summit, Disaster at the Ski Slopes, U-Michigan's Football Program Under NCAA Investigation

Thursday, February 25, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Will the president's health care summit be a bipartisan love-fest or more of the same legislative gridlock? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich brings us a preview.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: Team USA suffered a big shock yesterday when Lindsey Vonn crashed out of the Grand Slalom. Jason Stallman, Olympics editor for The New York Times talks to us about this race and the Men's Hockey competition.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: After a five-month investigation, the NCAA has alleged that the University of Michigan's football program committed major violations. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins us with the backstory.

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Listeners React to Media's Role in Political Gridlock

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yesterday, we spoke with media experts about the role of news in politics and its impact on the gridlock in Washington, D.C.  We received many comments from listeners who believe strongly that the media are responsible for much of the political divisiveness in the country today.

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Why Americans are Angry and D.C. is Broken

Monday, February 22, 2010

A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.

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The Takeaway

A History of Drifts: Major Snows in America

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The nation's capital has been shut down this week, again, after receiving more than 50 inches of snow. It's the biggest snowfall ever recorded in D.C. history. The storm has also paralyzed most of the Northeast.

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Analyzing and Reacting to President Obama's State of the Union

Thursday, January 28, 2010

President Obama delivered his State of the Union Wednesday evening addressing jobs, the economy, health care and more. For help analyzing his speech, we talk with former Clinton speechwriter Ted Widmer and our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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TAKEOUTS: Congress and Health Care, 'Avatar' Breaks Records

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich talks about the latest on Capitol Hill, including where Congress is at with health care reform.
  • MOVIE TAKEOUT:  Director James Cameron is once again 'King of the World' as "Avatar," his latest feature film, breaks the record for total box office receipts set by Cameron's "Titanic," a decade ago. Thom Geier, Senior Editor at Entertainment Weekly, joins us with a behind the numbers look at the business of blockbusting.

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Just Where Is the Stimulus Cash Going?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Today, the White House releases a huge amount of raw data on how and where stimulus money is being spent. We talk about the numbers we know so far, what listeners have noticed, and what we'll be looking for in the tea leaves. We're joined by WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein, Pete Herman, a currently unemployed ironworker from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Charlie Dilbert, a construction worker from Cincinnati whose job is being paid for with stimulus money.

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Takeouts: Public Option 2.0, Credit Card Bankruptcy

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us with last night's startling announcement from Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that a version of the "public option," considered nearly dead for several weeks, will wind up in the Senate version of health care reform.
  • Listener Takeout: We talk to listener Kelly, from Charlotte, N.C., who called us with her story of going bankrupt from credit card debt.

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Takeouts: H1N1, Banks, Listeners' Responses

Monday, October 26, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich tells us why the Obama administration had declared H1N1 a national emergency.
  • Business Takeout: Columnist for Slate and Newsweek Dan Gross gives us a hint at what the government might label "too big to fail" when it comes to banks.
  • Listener Takeouts: On vaccinations, H1N1, and living without credit cards

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Takeouts: Hoaxes on the Hill, Dollar's Decline, MLB Playoffs

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich describes some of the hoaxes that are making business not-so-usual on Capitol Hill this week. 
  • Business Takeout: Dan Gross, columnist for Slate and Newsweek, explains why the dollar continues to fall against other currencies. 
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes us through two exciting MLB playoff games, both decided in the final inning, and both with a final score of 5–4. 

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Washington Takeout: President's Nobel Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

Our Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, gives us an initial read on President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win from D.C.

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Washington Takeout: White House Hosts Afghanistan Meetings

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich recaps yesterday's meeting at the White House on the next steps for the war in Afghanistan.

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Washington Takeout: Health Reform and Manners

Friday, October 02, 2009

Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, talks about the affordability of the health care reform bill about to leave the Senate Finance Committee and also cracks the Sideshow File to discuss bad manners in Congress. Republicans are demanding an apology from Democrats in general and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) specifically. On Tuesday, Grayson said on the House floor that Republicans' plan for health care reform consists of two points: "Don't get sick," and if you do, "Die quickly." He apologized, but it wasn't the kind of apology House Republicans had asked for. 

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CBO Says Public Option Would Save $100 Billion

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two of the Senate Finance Committee's more liberal Democrats have submitted amendments to add a public option to the committee's health care reform plan; it comes on the heels of a Congressional Budget Office report showing that a public option would save the U.S. over $100 billion. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, joins us with the details.

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