Dec. 29, 2006
Former President Ford's Death Marks End of Political Era
In a week that includes the passing of former President Ford, political analysts Mark Shields and Richard Lowry discuss Mr. Ford's contributions to U.S. history and the evolution of political life in the country.
Dec. 22, 2006
Shields, Brooks React to Middle East Talks Debate, Bush Press Conference on Iraq
With some Democratic senators pushing for talks with Syria and Iran, and President Bush postponing his decision on Iraq policy until the new year, politics columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks offer analysis of the U.S. role in the Middle East.
Dec. 15, 2006
Analysts Discuss Rumsfeld Resignation and Iraq Study Group Report
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the departure of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush administration's reaction to the Iraq Study Group report.
Dec. 8, 2006
Shields, Lowry React to Iraq Study Group Report, President's Response
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review editor Rich Lowry analyze the Iraq Study Group report, President Bush's reaction to its recommendations, and military options in the war-torn country.
Dec. 1, 2006
Columnists Discuss U.S. Policy in Iraq
Political analysts discuss President Bush's recent meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and what the leaked information from the Iraq Study Group means for U.S. policy in the region.
Nov. 24, 2006
Analysts Discuss New Congress, Iraq Violence
Political analysts David Brooks of The New York Times and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post discuss changes in the political landscape on Capitol Hill and the impact of recent insurgent violence in Iraq.
Nov. 17, 2006
Congress Elects New Leadership, as 2008 Campaign Begins
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the leadership elections in Congress including Speaker of the House-elect Nancy Pelosi's support for Rep. John Murtha for House majority leader as well as the possible landscape for the 2008 Presidential campaign.
Nov. 10, 2006
Analysts Discuss Elections, Rumsfeld and Changes Ahead
The NewsHour's regular political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the Democrats' takeover of Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation and other changes afoot in the government.
Nov. 8, 2006
Analysts Discuss Rumsfeld Resignation, Iraq Policy
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned Wednesday, a day after Democrats won control of the House and several more Senate seats. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the election, Rumsfeld's resignation and expectations for the next Congress.
Nov. 3, 2006
Analysts Discuss Recent Polls, Reactions to Kerry Remarks
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks react to recent polls, prospects for the midterm elections, Sen. John Kerry's botched joke, and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's op-ed on President Bush's handling of Iraq.
Oct. 27, 2006
Analysts Discuss Campaign Ads, Gay Marriage, Iraq
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review Editor Rich Lowry discuss the role that negative campaign ads, violence in Iraq and the New Jersey gay marriage ruling will play in the Nov. 7 midterm elections.
Oct. 20, 2006
Analysts Discuss Iraq, Poll Numbers, Obama in 2008
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the continuing troubles in Iraq and their effect on midterm elections, poll numbers that show public disapproval with Congress, and Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's potential presidential run in 2008.
Oct. 13, 2006
Analysts Discuss North Korea Policy, Foley Page Scandal, Congressional Races
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss U.S. reaction to North Korea's nuclear test, the congressional page scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and the congressional races in the midterm elections.
Oct. 6, 2006
Analysts Discuss Midterm Elections, Foley Scandal
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the Tennessee Senate race, other competitive midterm election matchups, and the political implications of the scandal over Rep. Mark Foley's involvement with young male pages.
Sept. 29, 2006
Analysts Discuss Iraq War Views, Upcoming Elections
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the effects of the Iraq war on the public's view of the administration and on upcoming midterm elections, along with other political news of the week.
Sept. 22, 2006
Analysts Debate Deal on Terror Suspects, Congress Approval Ratings
Political analysts discuss the agreement between the White House and GOP leaders on handling terror suspects, and recent poll numbers showing low approval ratings of Congress.
Sept. 15, 2006
Analysts Discuss President's Push for Military Tribunals and Iraqi Violence
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss President Bush's push for tribunals, the continuing violence in Iraq and the fall election.
Sept. 8, 2006
Political Analysts Discuss Military Tribunals, Sept. 11 Anniversary
Analysts David Brooks and Tom Oliphant discuss President Bush's proposal for military tribunals for terror suspects, how Republicans and Democrats are using terrorism as a political tool and their views on the world since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Sept. 1, 2006
Analysts Discuss U.S. Policy in Middle East, Katrina Anniversary, CIA Leak Case
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss speeches by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld defending U.S. policy in the Middle East, the Hurricane Katrina one-year anniversary, and a revelation in the CIA leak case.
Aug. 25, 2006
Analysts Discuss Growing Republican Voices Against War in Iraq
Analysts Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss political stories of the week, including comments made by two prominent Republicans criticizing the Bush administration on its handling of the war in Iraq.
Aug. 18, 2006
Political Analysts Discuss Iraq, Anti-Wal-Mart Strategy and Allen Comments
Analysts Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru discuss the changing political support in Iraq, the growing movement against Wal-Mart, and Virginia GOP Sen. George Allen's controversial comments made during a campaign appearance.
Aug. 11, 2006
Political Analysts Discuss Terrorism, Connecticut Senate Race
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the plot to set off explosives on U.S.-bound airliners and Sen. Joseph Lieberman's loss in the Connecticut Democratic primary.
Aug. 4, 2006
Political Analysts Discuss Mideast Conflict, an Iraqi Civil War, U.S. Senate
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the diplomatic efforts to end the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, a possible civil war in Iraq, the Connecticut primary and the U.S. Senate.
July 28, 2006
Analysts Discuss Diplomacy in Mideast, Bolton Hearings
Columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne discuss the continuing crisis in the Middle East, the role of international leaders in seeking a diplomatic solution and the confirmation hearings of U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.
July 21, 2006
Analysts Discuss the Middle East Crisis and the Stem Cell Veto
Columnists David Brooks and Tom Oliphant discuss the continuing crisis in the Middle East and President Bush's first use of the veto on a stem cell research bill approved by Congress.
July 14, 2006
Poltical Analysts Discuss Middle East, G-8 Summit and Plame Lawsuit
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks look at the Middle East conflict, the upcoming G-8 Summit, the Valerie Plame lawsuit against Dick Cheney and the new policy on terror detainees.
July 7, 2006
Political Analysts Discuss President Bush on North Korea, Connecticut Primaries
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss President Bush's tough stance on North Korea at a news conference in Chicago Friday and Joe Lieberman's chances at winning the Democratic bid in the Connecticut primaries.
June 30, 2006
Analysts Discuss Guantanamo Tribunals, Supreme Court Rulings, Media Leaks
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the Supreme Court decisions on Guantanamo military tribunals and Texas redistricting, flag burning amendments in Congress and growing criticism towards the media
June 23, 2006
Analysts Discuss Congress' Iraqi War Debate and Immigration Legislation
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the Iraq war debate in Congress over the deadline for withdrawal and the immigration issue.
June 16, 2006
Shields and Brooks Debate Iraq War, Karl Rove and Guantanamo
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the president's trip to Iraq, a House vote on a timetable for withdrawing troops, and debate over the detention center at Guantanamo.
June 9, 2006
Shields and Brooks Debate Political Impact of Iraq and GOP Legislative Push
NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the political impact of Zarqawi's death, the CA primary, and recent Republican proposals to repeal the estate tax and pass a marriage amendment.
June 2, 2006
Analysts Debate the Haditha Investigation and the Appointment of Henry Paulson
NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the continuing fallout over allegations of civilian murders by U.S. troops in Iraq, Henry Paulson's appointment and the week's political news.
May 26, 2006
Political Analysts Shields and Brooks Discuss Blair Visit, Iraq and FBI Raids
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss Prime Minister Blair's visit to the White House, immigration reform, Iraq, recent FBI raids on Capitol Hill and the Enron verdict.
May 19, 2006
Political Analysts Shields and Brooks Discuss Immigration, Hayden Hearings
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss immigration reform, the Hayden CIA confirmation hearing and President Bush's popularity ratings.
May 15, 2006
President Faces Political Pitfalls in Immigration Address
A White House spokesman announced the National Guard will patrol the Mexican border as part of a broader immigration plan that President Bush will outline in a speech to the nation Monday night. Then, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks preview the president's speech.
May 12, 2006
NSA Phone Records Collection, Bush Poll Numbers Top Week's News
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the recent disclosure that the NSA collected domestic phone records, sagging GOP poll numbers, and the Senate's vote to extend $70 billion in tax cuts.
May 5, 2006
Analysts Debate Goss Departure, Federal Spending
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks debate the resignation of CIA chief Porter Goss, federal spending priorities and the immigration protests.
April 28, 2006
Republicans Struggle Ahead of Fall Election
NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss challenges facing the Republican Party ahead of November's midterm election, high gasoline prices and President Bush's appointment of new White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.
April 21, 2006
Analysts Consider Political Implications of Hu Visit
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review editor Rich Lowry speak about the shakeups at the White House, and the impact of President Hu's U.S. visit on trade, diplomacy and the media.
April 14, 2006
Rumsfeld's Tenure and Future at the Pentagon Debated
Syndicated Columnist Mark Shields and New York Times Columnist David Brooks discuss whether Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will resign and debate possible U.S. responses to a nuclear Iran.
April 7, 2006
Analysts Consider Political Impact of the Immigration Deal Collapse
Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the failed immigration deal in the Senate, the CIA leak case, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and other stories of the week.
March 31, 2006
Immigration Threaten to Splinters GOP
NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks debate the split among Republicans on immigration reform, the resignation of White House chief of staff Andrew Card and the guilty plea of a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas.
March 24, 2006
President Bush Launches New PR Offensive on Iraq
Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the Iraq war's impact on politics and public opinion. The two columnists also discuss President Bush's public relations offensive, and the debate over an immigration bill in the House.
March 17, 2006
Discontent Continues to Grow with U.S. Handling of Iraq War
Columnist Tom Oliphant and New York Times Columnist David Brooks discuss a new book critiquing the Bush administration's pre-war planning, the continued drop in American support for the president's Iraq policy, the Feingold censure measure and more from the week's news.
March 10, 2006
Political Shockwaves Continue from Dubai Ports Deal
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks speak with Jim Lehrer about the political and economical fallout from the U.S. Ports controversy, President Bush's trip to New Orleans and other leading stories from the week.
March 3, 2006
President Faces Katrina Fallout, Pakistani Protests
Mark Shields and David Brooks speak with Jim Lehrer about Hurricane Katrina and the briefing video with President Bush, the president's trip to India and Pakistan and other leading stories from this week.
Feb. 24, 2006
Dubai, Iraqi Violence Dominate Political Debate
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the reaction to the Dubai port deal and sectarian tensions in Iraq.
Feb. 17, 2006
NewsHour Analysts Consider the Cheney Hunting Accident
Mark Shields and National Review editor Rich Lowry discuss Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of his hunting companion, the latest on Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the National Security Agency and domestic spying, among other topics.
Feb. 10, 2006
Analysts Weigh Fallout from Muhammad Cartoons
Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the response to controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, the debate over surveillance programs and the government's Hurricane Katrina response.
Feb. 3, 2006
Brooks and Oliphant Debate the Election of John Boehner
David Brooks and Tom Oliphant discuss the election of John Boehner as House majority leader, the Senate hearings on domestic security, the State of the Union address, and the report by the GAO critiquing the Department of Homeland Security response to Hurricane Katrina.
Jan. 31, 2006
Analysts Preview State of the Union
Columnists David Brooks and Tom Oliphant speak with Jim Lehrer prior to the president's State of the Union address.
Jan. 27, 2006
Shields and Brooks Debate Alito's Nomination, Middle East
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks debate the Senate confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, and discuss the week's dramatic developments in the Middle East.
Jan. 20, 2006
Shields and Brooks Discuss Domestic Spying, Lobbying Reform
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks debate the White House's justification of domestic spying by the National Security Agency, a speech by former Vice President Al Gore condemning the program and lobbying reforms.
Jan. 13, 2006
Shields and Brooks on Final Day of Alito Hearings
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and the push to gain support in the Democratic party.
Jan. 6, 2006
Shields and Brooks Discuss Abramoff Guilty Plea, Alito Hearing
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the guilty pleas of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the upcoming confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.