The power of the Tea Party continues to divide and fracture House Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has decided to stand strong and push forward with immigration reform, but the Tea Party has made it clear they will fight back against legislation. What is on the table for immigration reform this time around? And what is at the heart of the GOP split? For answers, we go to Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
In advance of the State of the Union on Tuesday, we're creating a Takeaway to do list called "SOTU To Do,"—and we need your help. What should be on Obama's to do list? Tweet us @TheTakeaway using #SOTUToDo and we'll make our own, listener-sponsored to do list for the president. But first, Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich examines the topics President Barack Obama will likely cover on Tuesday.
Though heavy snowfalls can conjure feelings of frustration for commuters, a bed of freshly packed snow can also bring back memories of days passed when thick snow meant a day at home from school. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, gives us some of his best snow day memories. Lester Laminack is the author of the children's book "Snow Day!" When he's not writing books he's a professor of education at Western Carolina University. He joins The Takeaway to explain how snow days bring back childhood memories.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced a new bill that takes up some of the issues identified in the Supreme Court’s June decision in Shelby Counter v. Holder. Joining The Takeaway to explain the aspects of the new bill are Erin O’Brien, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, who has been following the politics behind the proposed update to the Voting Rights Act.
Also On Today's Show: The Geneva II peace conference on Syria is set to begin tomorrow, and for the first time in the nearly three-year-old conflict it’s anticipated that talks backed by the United Nations will bring together representatives from both sides of the fighting...According to today's Financial Times, Ukraine is "living through its most dangerous period since its independence more than two decades ago."
It looks like things may continue to worsen for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie before they improve. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has revealed that the Christie administration held Hurricane Sandy recovery money hostage, tying the aid to her support for a real estate development project. Joining The Takeaway for an update on Bridgegate is New Jersey Public Radio reporter Matt Katz.
While most meteorologists focus on weather patterns, we also know that the Sun's behavior plays a role in regulating winter temperatures. The word "sleepy" is being used about the Sun right now—the likes of which has not been seen for about 100 years. David Hathaway is Solar Astronomer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. He explains the latest solar cycle and what impacts it could have on climate change.
Wealth can be a tool for investment, for development and even for change. But wealth can also be an end in itself—becoming an addiction. That was the case for Sam Polk, a former hedge fund manager. In his last year on Wall Street, Polk earned a $3.6 million bonus. He felt it wasn't enough. Today, Polk explores why Americans love and possibly have an addiction to money.
Also On Today's Show: The Seattle Seahawks denied the San Francisco 49ers a return trip to the Super Bowl. William Rhoden, sports columnist for our partner The New York Times, provides a look at what’s in store for the Seahawks and the Denver Broncos as they head to the Super Bowl. In a divided Congress and an election year, lawmakers are practically sprinting for the exits, with several announcing their plans to retire. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains what the departures could mean for 2014.
President Barack Obama has announced a major overhaul of the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance practices. The president said that in order for the nation's intelligence community to be effective over the long haul, the trust of the American people must be maintained. To maintain that trust, the president said he would end the vast collection of phone data “as it exists” today. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, Todd Zwillich breaks it down with further NSA analysis from Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright.
Cryptologists have their own opinions about how best to protect the American public. And because they design many of the privacy programs that the National Security Agency has thwarted, they have a unique perspective on how best to reform the agency. Joseph Bonneau, a cryptologist and winner of the NSA's Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper award for his work on passwords and encryption, discusses his profession's long history of conflict with the NSA.
On Today's Show: Congress finally revealed the new spending deal. This deal comes in at just over $1 trillion dollars...The National Security Agency has access to almost 100,000 computers around the globe. And it's able to spy on these computers and attack them even when they're not hooked up to the internet...Author and journalist David Satter was expelled from Russia this week after attempting to renew his visa. Satter is the first journalist to be banned from Russia since the Cold War over two decades ago.
In a press conference Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his staff lied to him about their involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Gov. Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey, saying that he was embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of the members of his team. The governor also announced that he had fired aide Bridget Kelly, calling her “stupid” and “deceitful” at the conference. Joining The Takeaway to explain these revelations is Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent.
The Senate is back in session today and the House returns tomorrow. Though it’s a new year, much of what’s on the agenda is last year’s business. At the top of the list is a vote to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million jobless workers who lost those benefits just after Christmas. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, provides a look ahead.
Some argue that it is unfair to criticize the Pope for his response to sexual abuse in the church so far. But David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, believes that Pope Francis can do more to prevent abuse and punish predators.
What has gotten into John Boehner? The normally pliant Speaker looks like he has had enough of rigid Tea Party conditions and attitudes. He fears that these newest members of Congress, and the organizations that back them, are taking the GOP brand over the deep end—and he's fed up with it. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's D.C. Correspondent, helps us understand the sudden shift in Speaker Boehner's perspective.
There must be something in the water in Washington, D.C.—it's another day and another bipartisan deal has gone through. House Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a budget deal a whole 35 days before the January 15 deadline when the government would run out of money. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, breaks down what's in the deal.
Call it the handshake heard around the world—during Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Cuba's President Raúl Castro was in a meet-and-greet line of world leaders and President Obama shook his hand. Many conservatives in the U.S. reacted quickly and harshly to the handshake. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to react to the meeting between the two leaders.
The House and Senate have come to a compromise on a bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep Guantanamo Bay open. The measure is the first change to laws governing sexual assault in the military in years. There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported in the first three quarters of this fiscal year—a nearly 50 percent increase. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the ins and outs of this deal.
So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.