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President Tries to Jump Start Immigration Reform

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

In a speech in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday, President Obama urged immigration reform. The president touted his administration's efforts to meet Republicans' wishes about securing the border, but also made a stern argument for going forward with comprehensive legislation to give illegal immigrants a path towards citizenship. Hispanics are an important demographic in the 2012 elections who care about immigration reform. But it also represented one of the long-stated priorities of the Obama Administration. Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will reintroduce the DREAM act in Congress.

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Does President Obama's Boost in Polls Matter?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The news of Osama bin Laden's death have helped boost President Obama's poll numbers. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent explains the numbers and warns that the impact may not be as significant as one might think. Although, bin Laden's killing is good for the president, domestic issues will likely bring that boost back down before the elections.

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Details Emerge Following Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

For the latest out of Washington after Osama bin Laden's death, we turn to Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent. New details on the operation that led to bin Laden's death reveal that while American forces knew that bin Laden was living at the Abbottabad compound, they didn't know for certain that he'd be home at the time of the raid. Now, the question remains as to how Washington is planning to deal with Pakistan; did the Pakistani leadership know that bin Laden was hiding out in their country?

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America's Moment: Reactions to Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Following the news of Osama Bin Laden's death, Celeste Headlee is reporting live from Ground Zero this morning, where family of 9/11 victims and others have gathered to celebrate. Jared Ring, a New York City paramedic supervisor who left Eastern Long Island at 1:30 am to come to Ground Zero, speaks with us. Also, Miranda Nichols, a student from St. Johns University.

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The Tale of Rising Gas Prices

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gas prices just keep on going up, up, up, and the average American's wallet keeps getting thinner, thinner, thinner. Congress is set to return back to session next week, and try to remedy the situation.  But is there anything they can really do to lower gas prices, and haven't we all seen this same movie before?

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, looks at the upcoming political debate over gas prices.

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Previewing President Obama's Budget Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama is set to deliver a much anticipated speech 1:30 p.m. at George Washington University in Washington. The speech will detail his long-term plans for reducing the nation's deficit. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent says that the president will have to prepare the public for tough decisions as he faces the debt.

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Government Shutdown Averted... What's Next?

Monday, April 11, 2011

A government shutdown was averted in the 11th hour last Friday, as Congress and the White House came to a temporary resolution on the budget crisis. President Barack Obama will give a speech on Wednesday night detailing how he hopes to reduce the deficit. But the budget debate is not over, and is actually just beginning, according to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Republicans want spending drastically reduced, and Democrats want taxes increased — this will make for an even more dramatic confrontation between party lines as the issue of the debt arrives.

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This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Egypt, Economy

Monday, April 11, 2011

Last Friday night, with a government shutdown staring them right in the eyes, Congress was able to come to temporary resolution over the 2011 budget crisis. President Barack Obama will lay out the details for reducing the deficit in a speech Wednesday night. What's the next big showdown in Washington? Raising the debt ceiling. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, sees the debt debate as "bigger and more troublesome" than what just transpired over the budget.

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Tea Party's Rep. Farenthold: 'I Don't Think We're Extreme'

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Everyone says that nobody wants a government shutdown, but freshman lawmakers who are backed by the Tea Party are being pressured not to compromise. Meanwhile, in private talks, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) met with President Obama Wednesday night. They said they made progress. However, there is no compromise yet, explains Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, who is following developments in Washington.

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Medicaid and Medicare Under Rep. Ryan's Budget

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), unveiled his budget yesterday, proposing cuts of some $6.2 trillion over the next decade. Medicare and Medicaid will fundamentally change under Ryan's plan — with Medicare losing $389 billion, and $735 billion being cut from Medicaid. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent details what parts of the budget will affect Americans the most. Theda Skocpol, professor of sociology and government at Harvard University, explains how Medicare and Medicaid will change under Ryan's plan.

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Preparing For a Government Shutdown

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sat behind closed doors yesterday, trying to come to compromise over the budget, but leaders in both parties seemed to be bracing for a real government shutdown by the end of the week. President Obama urged both Democrats and Republicans to put aside petty differences and come to a compromise. If they don't, every federal agency will have to come up with a contingency plan, especially the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Personnel Management. 

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In Crisis, Federal Reserve Bailed Out Failing Banks

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

During the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve got a lot of flack for handing out big bailouts to major banks like Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, which were deemed "too big to fail." But it turns out that many more banks received funds through the Federal Reserve Bank's so-called “discount window” policy, including investment banks and foreign banks. The names of those banks were released last week, after the Supreme Court ruled in February that under the Freedom of Information Act, the Fed had to make the names and amounts known.

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Washington: Obama Launches Reelection Campaign, Threats of Gov't Shutdown

Monday, April 04, 2011

President Barack Obama announced his plans to run for reelection in a web video early Monday. Meanwhile, Friday is the deadline for Congress to negotiate a federal budget deal for 2011; and the budget for 2012 still needs to be settled. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent has the latest from the Capitol.

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Tea Party Group's Pro-Business Backing

Thursday, March 31, 2011

An investigative report in The New York Times has uncovered a seemingly odd partnership between the Tea Party and foreign company, Asia Pulp & Paper. The group, the Institute for Liberty has been defending the paper company and attacking anyone that is critical of the company. This sets up a contradiction within the Tea Party movement, which claims to oppose big business as well as big government. Is this just another example of lobbying in Washington or something more nefarious? Reporter for The New York Times, Mike McIntire uncovers the relationship.

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Is a Federal Budget Deal on the Horizon?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today, as the Tea Party Patriots rally outside the Capitol Building, lawmakers might actually be close to a compromise on the federal budget. Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee met with their House counterparts last night to see if they could strike a deal to avoid a government shutdown. But the compromise in question would include $33 billion in cuts — $28 billion less than the budget Republicans passed in the House. How will the Tea Party react to a deal with Democrats? What are the implications for Speaker of the House John Boehner?

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Split Over Budget, Congress Anticipates Gov. Shutdown

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

After weeks of temporary fixes and political battling, Congress is preparing for a government shutdown over the national budget. What is preventing Republicans and Democrats from finding common ground? It could be the Tea Party, which is planning a rally for Thursday at the Capitol to call on Republican leadership to make no compromises on spending. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has more about this continuing standoff and the implications of a shutdown.

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How Will Congress React to President's Libya Speech?

Monday, March 28, 2011

President Obama will speak about Libya Monday evening. His speech comes on the heels of NATO taking full control of the operation in Libya. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent helps shed light on the debate in Congress over whether our involvement in Libya is in the country's best interest. How will Congress react to the president's speech? There are rumblings of an effort de-fund the effort in Libya by some Democratic members in the House.

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Do Acts of War Need Acts of Congress?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Since President Obama authorized military action in Libya, politicians on both sides of the aisle have complained the president did not follow the proper and legal channels towards war. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said the President's decision might render him impeachable. House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) complained that Obama hadn't briefed members of Congress. Technically speaking, should the President have asked Congress before attacking Libya? 

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Budget Battle Continues in Congress, House Votes to Defund Public Radio

Friday, March 18, 2011

"Republicans control one half of one third of our government. There are a lot of other players that we need to work with," House Speaker, John Boehner told the press Thursday as another budget extension was voted on. He finds himself between a rock and hard place, explains Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Rep. Boehner will have to negotiate with both the Tea Party and democrats Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Meanwhile, the House voted to defund public radio production in a bill that will likely not pass the Senate.

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Washington Responds to Japan's Nuclear Disaster

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Greg Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission briefed reporters at the White House on Tuesday, saying that a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan could not happen in the United States. “Based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident we see a very low likelihood, really a very low probability that there’s any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the United States or in Hawaii, or in any other U.S. territories," he said.

However, Washington is edge about what to do about our own nuclear power sources here in the U.S. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway got reaction from the Capitol.

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