Todd Zwillich

Washington Correspondent, The Takeaway

Todd Zwillich appears in the following:

Managing Our (Digital) Legacies

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Willa Cather, a giant of 20th century American literature, expressly forbade the publication of her personal correspondence. But next month, an anthology of her letters, around 566 of them, is set to be published, finally submitting her private life to public scrutiny.

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Some Republicans Changing Their Tune on Immigration

Thursday, March 21, 2013

For the G.O.P., the consensus view says immigration has been a particular blindspot, but perhaps not for much longer. There's been a palpable change in both position and tone. And direction of the travel this week has, some suggest, hit hyperdrive. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, explains.


Senator Dianne Feinstein on Drones, Assault Weapons Ban

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

After this month's Senate-floor filibuster by Senator Rand Paul, the debate over the Obama administration's drone program have been reignited. And a debate that never left — gun control — took a hit this week when Senate majority leader Harry Reid struck struck an amendment banning assault weapons.

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President Obama's Goodwill Tour…of Congress

Friday, March 15, 2013

This week, President Obama has met with nearly every member of Congress, a goodwill effort as Democrats and Republicans try to balance the budget and avoid the government shutdown. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports the latest from D.C.

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Budget Fights Shape Up in Washington

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

One thing we know, or can be pretty sure about, is that long after there is a new pope at the Vatican, the bickering over the next U.S. Federal Budget will continue, and in Congress there is no pope to hurry things along.

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Ryan Trying to Find His Groove in Budget Talks

Monday, March 11, 2013

The current divisions in Congress over the budget and the sequester drama may be another opportunity for Congressman Ryan to showcase his conservative cred. Does the number two from the Romney 2012 presidential campaign now want to be number one?

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Rand Paul's 13-Hour Filibuster

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky launched a filibuster to attempt to block the nomination of John Brennan to head up the CIA -- talking for 13 hours straight.  He took to the Senate floor to call attention to a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder which stated that drone strikes on American could be a possibility in the future. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent puts Paul's filibuster in context.

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New Obama Appointees for E.P.A., Energy, and OMB

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

President Obama has announced three new cabinet appointments for departments under serious scrutiny: Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Management and Budget. All three of these nominees will require Senate confirmation, and Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explores what's ahead.

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Are Manufactured Crises the New Norm?

Friday, March 01, 2013

Two seasoned D.C. watchers join The Takeaway to discuss federal money management in the days ahead. Andrea Seabrook hosts the DecodeDC podcast, and Todd Zwillich is the Takeaway Washington correspondent.


Washington Braces for Sequestration

Friday, March 01, 2013

Today's deadline for a deal on the sequester is expected to come and go without an agreement between Congress and President Obama. Todd Zwillich spoke to some small business owners in Washington, D.C., where cuts are felt particularly hard.

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Live Chat: Explaining the Looming Sequester

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The background and implementation of sequestration can get pretty complicated, so we're partnering with The Guardian U.S. on a live chat to help answer your questions.

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Gun Control Measures Snake Through Congress

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


While Florida is still looking at its "stand your ground" laws. Politicians in Washington are still debating gun control, and this week, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Lahey, has scheduled four separate votes on Thursday on different gun control measures. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is following the legislation.


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Sequestration Could Jack Up the Price of Meat

Monday, February 18, 2013

While the cuts haven't come yet, Takeaway political correspondent Todd Zwillich reports that the sequester deadline will probably come and go, automatically enacting those across-the-board spending drawdowns. But cuts will have a wider reach, affecting many industries throughout all parts of the United States. For example, the USDA will likely have to furlough many of their food inspectors, closing down the farms and factories they inspect. Mark Dopp is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the American Meat Institute.

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Chuck Hagel Provokes Senate Showdown

Friday, February 15, 2013

Senator John Kerry may have sailed through his confirmation hearings for Secretary of State, but a showdown is brewing over Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill. 

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Obama Lays Out Vision for Middle Class

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Last night, President Obama described his vision for the United States over the next four years. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich analyzes the president's speech.

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How President Obama and Congress Could Avoid Sequestration

Friday, February 08, 2013

If Congress and the President do not reach a spending deal by March 1st, budget cuts will automatically go into effect. Todd Zwillich explains the steps the president and Congress are taking to avoid sequestration.

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Will the Violence Against Women Act Pass the Senate?

Monday, February 04, 2013

The Violence Against Women Act, originally passed in 1994, provided billions of dollars to train police, physicians, and others on how to handle cases concerning domestic and sexual violence. But amid the fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress allowed the act to expire. Coming up on The Takeaway, Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains how the act may be on its way back.

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Hagel's Confirmation and the Secret Donors Out to Foil the Nomination

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The opposition against Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, has been building. The attacks are coming from several groups of anonymous donors, on his side of the aisle, who have spent millions of dollars funding ads to put the breaks on his appointment. Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich is following the story from Washington, D.C.

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Gabby Giffords Addresses Senate on Gun Control

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

There was drama and division on Capitol Hill today in the first Congressional hearing on gun control since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, has been following the hearings from Capitol Hill.

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New Signs of Bipartisanship in Congress? Not Really.

Friday, January 25, 2013

If we're to believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, there's a chance that both sides of the Senate are coming together as they strike a small deal on filibuster reform. It's not much, as critics are pointing out, but it's something. The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, explains.