December 28, 2007
'08 Candidates Speak Out on Pakistan, Prepare for Iowa
After a report on how presidential candidates are responding to the week's events in Pakistan, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks consider the news of the week, including the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and the upcoming Iowa caucuses.
December 21, 2007
Campaigns Launch Holiday Ads; Dems Assess Year in Power
As presidential candidates grappled with shifting polls and new strategies for a condensed primary season, Democrats in Congress squared off with a unified Republican minority over spending priorities. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine the week in the news.
December 14, 2007
Shields and Brooks Mull Iowa Election Push, Baseball Scandal
The final Republican and Democratic debates took place in Iowa this week ahead of the state's Jan. 3 caucus, a spending fight continued in Congress and a report brought new focus on the use of steroids in professional baseball. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the events of the week.
December 7, 2007
Shields and Brooks Weigh CIA Tapes, U.S. Policy on Iran
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden said his agency had destroyed tapes of terror suspect interrogations, a new report revealed surprising information on Iran's nuclear program and presidential candidate Mitt Romney discussed his Mormon faith in a key speech. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week in the news.
November 30, 2007
Shields and Lowry Weigh Republican Debate, Mideast Summit
Republican candidates clashed over immigration issues in a heated debate this week, a U.S.-backed Mideast peace summit was held in Annapolis, Md., and Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., announced he would step down from a 35-year career in Congress by the year's end. Mark Shields and Rich Lowry offer analysis of the week in the news.
November 23, 2007
Shields and Brooks Mull '08 Race, Pace of Economy
With Iowa's Jan. 3 presidential caucus quickly approaching, new opinion polls show a tightening Democratic race and quickly changing Republican field. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks assess the latest news from the 2008 campaign trail and other news stories of the week.
November 16, 2007
Democrats Square-Off in Vegas Debate; U.S. Envoy Puts Pressure on Pakistan
Democratic candidates debated their policy views in heated exchanges in Thursday's Las Vegas debate and political turmoil engulfed Pakistan, straining its relations with the United States. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks look at the week's news.
November 9, 2007
Shields, Brooks Consider Mukasey Vote, Kerik Indictment
Michael Mukasey was sworn in as Attorney General on Friday after a divided Senate confirmation vote and former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
November 2, 2007
Mukasey Questioned on Torture, Clinton Attacked by Opposition
This week, lawmakers questioned Attorney General-nominee Michael Mukasey's stance on torture tactics and Democratic presidential hopefuls stepped up attacks on front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton. Analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss the week's developments.
October 26, 2007
California Wildfire Response Compared to Katrina; U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iran
The government's response to the California wildfires evoked comparisons with Hurricane Katrina, while the United States imposed new sanctions against Iran. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
October 19, 2007
Shields, Brooks Assess Primary Shuffle, Mukasey Hearings
Attorney-General nominee Michael Mukasey faced tough questions on torture in his confirmation hearings this week, and speculation grew over the potential for a December New Hampshire primary. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks give their take on the week's political news.
October 12, 2007
Gore Earns Nobel Nod; Thompson Debuts with Debate Performance
Among the week's news, former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change work and former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., debuted in his first presidential debate. Analysts David Brooks and E.J. Dionne discuss the week's political stories.
October 5, 2007
Shields and Brooks Look at Detention Policy, Election Race
Lawmakers lashed out over secret memos on interrogation tactics, and presidential hopefuls reported fund raising figures this week. NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss these issues and other political news of the week.
September 28, 2007
Congress Moves SCHIP Forward; GOP Debates Minority Issues
The showdown between Congress and President Bush over the State Children's Health Insurance Program intensified, while a handful of Republican presidential hopefuls talked about minority issues during a debate on Thursday. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
September 21, 2007
Democrats Debate Health Care; Senate Weighs Iraq Measures
As Democrats debated health care policy Thursday night, the Senate hit a snag on the defense authorization bill. Analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss the week's political news.
September 14, 2007
President Discusses War; Candidates React to Iraq Reports
Presidential hopefuls weighed in on the series of Iraq reports, with Democrats expressing skepticism over progress and potential for success. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss how Iraq-related news has played out on the campaign trail.
September 7, 2007
Iraq Reports Reveal Security Weakness; Petraeus Prepares for Congress
While Washington anticipates a status report on Iraq from Gen. David Petraeus, a series of previous reports revealed problems with the Iraqi police and government progress on benchmarks. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
August 31, 2007
President Bush Pushes Credit Measures; Warner to Step Down
President Bush announced measures to help ease credit woes, while Sen. John Warner, R-Va., announced he will not seek re-election in 2008. Political analysts Marks Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's top political stories.
August 24, 2007
National Intelligence Estimate Released, Sectarian Violence Continues
The National Intelligence Estimate was released this week, revealing little progress in Iraq. NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss the NIE findings and criticisms of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
August 24, 2007
Iraqi Government Criticized, Republican Senator Calls for Troop Withdrawal
U.S. intelligence agencies delivered a negative assessment of the Iraqi government, as the debate over when to start withdrawing troops surged. Analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss the political events of the week.
August 17, 2007
Presidential Aide Rove to Exit; Federal Reserve Takes Action
White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove announced his resignation, while the Federal Reserve took its most decisive action yet to help an uncertain economy. Political analysts David Brooks and Harold Meyerson discuss the week's top stories.
August 10, 2007
South Carolina Moves Up Primary; Federal Reserve Responds to Markets
South Carolina advanced its presidential primary in a move that threatened to shake up the entire primary calendar, while the Federal Reserve worked to respond to unsteady markets.
August 3, 2007
House Republicans Walk Out; Major Votes Are Ahead
After voting on ethics reform and children's health insurance, House Republicans walked off the floor Thursday to protest the Democrats' handling of an agricultural spending bill. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's events.
July 27, 2007
Obama, Clinton Face Off; Gonzales Testimony Challenged
As presidential hopefuls Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., take aim at one another following a Democratic debate,
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may face perjury charges. NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's political events.
July 20, 2007
Senate Debates Iraq Withdrawal; Report Shows Al-Qaida Regrouping
As the Senate debated different proposals for redeploying troops from Iraq, the National Intelligence Estimate revealed that al-Qaida is regrouping despite the war on terrorism. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's events.
July 13, 2007
Political Analysts Discuss Lady Bird Johnson, Iraq Debate
Columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne review the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson, and reports that showed little progress on Iraq benchmarks and al-Qaida gaining strength.
July 6, 2007
Libby Sentence Nullified; Candidates Release Fund-raising Numbers
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news, including President Bush's decision to commute I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence, and Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls' second quarter fund-raising results.
June 29, 2007
Court Rulings Draw Fire; Senate Derails Immigration Bill Again
Politicians on both sides of the aisle reacted to a series of close Supreme Court decisions, while a controversial immigration bill died in the Senate. Political analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss these developments.
June 22, 2007
Senate Passes Energy Bill; Clinton Spoofs 'Sopranos'
The Senate passed an energy bill Thursday, while Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., released an online video spoofing the "The Sopranos." Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss the week's political news.
June 15, 2007
Judge Denies Libby Request; Reid Criticizes Military Leadership
A federal judge ruled that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby cannot delay his prison sentence while he appeals his conviction, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he had lost confidence in Gen. Peter Pace. NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss these and other headlines.
June 8, 2007
Pentagon Proposes Leadership Moves; Immigration Bill Stalls
The Pentagon announced a proposed leadership change to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while the Senate's debate on immigration reform lost steam. David Brooks and E.J. Dionne discuss the week's news.
June 1, 2007
President Offers Climate Change Plan; Immigration Debate Swirls
President Bush proposed a plan to reduce global carbon emissions, while the debate over a new immigration bill continued around the country. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks assess these developments and the week's other political events.
May 25, 2007
Clinton Addresses Health Care, Braces for Biographies
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York announced her strategy to cut health care costs, but her campaign also has had to react to reports that she considered skipping the Iowa caucuses and is bracing for two books delving into her past.
May 25, 2007
President Bush Welcomes War Funding Bill
President Bush praised legislation that will continue Iraq war funding without setting a deadline for troop withdrawal. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the compromise that enabled its passage.
May 18, 2007
Comey Sheds Light on Gonzales; Immigration Bill Progresses
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, Paul Wolfowitz's departure from the World Bank, the Senate immigration bill, and the new Iraq and Afghanistan "war czar."
May 11, 2007
Iraqi Government Benchmarks, Blair Legacy Assessed
President Bush and senators discussed a war funding bill that would require the Iraqi government to meet certain benchmarks. Mark Shields and David Brooks consider this development and British Prime Minister Tony Blair's departure.
May 4, 2007
Analysts Discuss GOP Debate, War Funding Bill Veto
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the GOP presidential candidates' first debate, as well as President Bush's veto of an Iraq war funding bill that included a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.
April 27, 2007
Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate War, Terrorism
Eight Democrats vying for the 2008 presidential nomination united in criticizing the Iraq war during a debate Thursday. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks evaluate the candidates' performances.
April 27, 2007
President Urges Congress to Work with Him on Iraq Funding
President Bush renewed his veto threat Friday against any Iraq funding bill containing language requiring a timetable for troop withdrawal. He encouraged Democrats to work with him on an alternative. Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the power struggle.
April 20, 2007
President Refutes Reid's Comments That Iraq War Is 'Lost'
President Bush asserted Friday that progress is being made in Iraq, a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the war is "lost." Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss this story and more.
April 13, 2007
Pentagon Extends Military Tours; McCain Defends War Policy
The Pentagon announced that it will extend tours of U.S. servicemen to 15 months, while Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended his support of the Iraq war. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss these and other developments.
April 6, 2007
Pelosi Travels to Syria; Candidates Release Fund-raising Numbers
Political analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss a trip to Syria for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the release of presidential campaign fund-raising numbers.
March 30, 2007
Senate Debates Iraq, While Presidential Contenders Shift in Polls
The Senate passed an Iraq war funding bill with a timetable for troop withdrawal this week, while former Sen. Fred Thompson considers a presidential run. Analysts Mark Shields and Rich Lowry discuss these developments.
March 23, 2007
Debates Continue in Congress over Iraq, Attorney Firings
Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the House bill passed on Friday requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq by the fall of 2008 and the constitutional showdown between the president and Congress over the firing of U.S. attorneys.
March 16, 2007
Congress Debates Iraq; Gonzales Takes Heat for U.S. Attorney Firings
A bill mandating Iraq troop withdrawal failed in the Senate, former CIA agent Valerie Plame testified about the leaking of her name, and some called for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' resignation over the firing of federal prosecutors. Analysts mull these stories.
March 9, 2007
Shields and Brooks Debate Libby Conviction, Iraq Withdrawal
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted for perjury and obstruction of justice this week, while House Democrats debated a timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq. NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss these and other events.
March 2, 2007
Analysts Discuss the Military's Treatment of Veterans
The Army secretary resigned, the Walter Reed Army hospital chief was fired and a new documentary highlighted the Department of Veterans Affairs' failure to treat brain injuries of Iraq war veterans. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss what these mean for the military.
February 23, 2007
British Begin Troop Drawdown in Iraq; U.S. Army Mends Walter Reed
NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss Tony Blair's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq, the state of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and other political events of the week.
February 16, 2007
Analysts Weigh War Resolutions, Presidential Race
NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the congressional debate over President Bush's strategy in Iraq and the latest in the 2008 race for the White House.
February 9, 2007
Senate Delays Resolution Vote; Giuliani Enters Presidential Race
The Senate delayed a vote on a proposed resolution opposing President Bush's Iraq plan, while former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani entered the 2008 presidential race. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss these and other political stories.
February 2, 2007
Senate Holds Iraq Hearings as Report Predicts More Violence
The Senate held hearings this week to confirm new leadership and assess U.S. policy in Iraq, while the intelligence community predicted a bleak future for the country's security prospects. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss Iraq policy.
January 26, 2007
Congress Debates Iraq Resolution; Cheney Defends Policies
Vice President Dick Cheney said the administration is committed to sending more troops to Iraq, even if Congress passes a resolution against the plan. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss his remarks, reaction to the State of the Union address and other political events.
January 19, 2007
Congress Passes Reform Legislation, While Iraq Debate Deepens
The administration announced key changes in its surveillance policy, the Senate passed a "historic" ethics reform bill, and the House finished its "100-hour agenda" this week. Political analysts David Brooks and Mark Shields discuss these developments and Iraq policy.
January 16, 2007
President Owes Public More Information, Analysts Say
While satisfied with President Bush's reasons as to why success in Iraq is crucial, the president still needs to convince those skeptical of the new strategy that it will work, political analysts David Brooks and Mark Shields say.
January 12, 2007
President Bush's Iraq Speech Overshadows New Congress
President Bush's plan to increase the size of the U.S. military effort in Iraq came during Congress' first week under new leadership. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the impact of the new strategy and the early progress of the new Congress.
January 5, 2007
As Congress Changes Hands, Bush Administration Undergoes Key Overhaul
As President Bush instituted major changes among his Iraq policy advisors, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi requested early troop redeployment from Iraq. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the shifts and the newly sworn-in 110th Congress.
January 2, 2007
Analysts Assess Upcoming Congress, Democratic Agenda
Democrats are hoping to push an ambitious agenda during Congress' first 100 hours. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the upcoming congressional session and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi's plan.