December 26, 2008
Shields, Gerson Reflect on Historic Year, Challenges Ahead
After a year that saw a global economic crisis develop and a historic presidential election take place, Mark Shields and Michael Gerson look back on 2008's news highlights and discuss what to expect in the year to come.
December 19, 2008
Shields and Brooks Examine Auto Plan, Blagojevich Case, Kennedy's Senate Bid
This week, the White House announced an aid package to keep the Big Three afloat, and Gov. Rod Blagojevich denied accusations of plotting to sell President-elect Obama's senate seat. Mark Shields and David Brooks offer their analysis.
December 12, 2008
Shields and Brooks Mull Auto Rescue, Blagojevich Scandal
Political news took a dramatic turn this week with the corruption charges levied against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Mark Shields and David Brooks mull the Blagojevich story and the debate over aid for automakers.
December 5, 2008
Economy's Stumbles, Obama's Cabinet Top Week's News
Columnists David Brooks and Ruth Marcus weigh the news of the week, including rising job losses, the auto industry bailout and President-elect Barack Obama's latest Cabinet picks.
November 28, 2008
Obama Tasked With Vetting Economic Policy Team's Competing Ideas
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine President-elect Barack Obama's new economic team and the challenges he may face in evaluating their views on the financial crisis.
November 21, 2008
David Brooks and Ruth Marcus Discuss Obama's Cabinet Picks, Economy's Woes
David Brooks and Ruth Marcus weigh reports that President-elect Barack Obama plans to choose Sen. Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner, among others, for Cabinet posts and the search for solutions to the economic crisis.
November 14, 2008
Changes to Bailout Package, Obama Transition Top Week's News
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks assess the latest changes to the implementation of the $700 billion federal rescue plan, the Obama administration's ongoing transition process and other news of the week.
November 7, 2008
Shields and Brooks Probe Obama's Economic, Transition Plans
Following President-elect Barack Obama's first post-election news conference, columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks assess his plans for the economy and his selection for chief of staff.
October 31, 2008
Shields, Brooks Reflect on Campaigns' Defining Moments
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks recap the week's economic and political news, and recall significant campaign twists and turns in their last analysis before Nov. 4.
October 24, 2008
Shields and Brooks Look at Election Strategy, Financial Crisis
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks take a look at candidates' campaign strategies for the final stretch of the election season and the search for answers to the global financial crisis.
October 17, 2008
Economy Dominates Campaigning as Race Enters Final Stretch
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks evaluate the candidates' renewed focus on the economy and the likely strategies at play as the Obama and McCain campaigns enter the final stretch.
October 10, 2008
Market Meltdown, Tone on Campaign Trail Top the Week's News
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and National Review Senior Editor Ramesh Ponnuru discuss the presidential candidates' plans for the troubled economy and how voters are reacting as Election Day draws ever closer.
October 3, 2008
VP Debate, Battleground Strategies Top Campaign Headlines
This week, Congress pushed through a massive financial rescue plan and vice presidential hopefuls faced off in a key debate. Analysts Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks weigh all things politics.
September 26, 2008
Shields, Brooks Weigh in on the Week's Dramatic Bailout Debate
It was a devastating week on Wall Street and a contentious one in Congress as politicians battled over bailout proposals. With the presidential candidates heading to the first debate, political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks reflect on the developments.
September 19, 2008
Wall Street Upheaveal Puts McCain, Obama to the Test
Wall Street's woes put the economy at the top of the campaign agendas of John McCain and Barack Obama this week as the two sought to shape their views on government regulation and other issues. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine reactions to the crisis.
September 12, 2008
Shields and Brooks Weigh Facts, Fiction in Campaign Ads
Recent campaign ads have been criticized by political fact checkers for distorting facts and spreading falsities. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the debate over truthfulness on the campaign trail.
September 5, 2008
Shields and Brooks Assess New Dynamics of '08 Race
With both national party conventions now complete, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama hit the ground running as the race begins to Election Day. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the road ahead.
September 1, 2008
Shields and Brooks Weigh Impact of Subdued RNC on McCain Campaign
Hurricane Gustav's brush with New Orleans on the first scheduled day of the GOP convention has changed the dynamic of the event. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the convention's abbreviated first day and what lies ahead in the coming week.
August 29, 2008
Shields and Brooks Reflect on Democrats' Big Week
With the Democratic convention now complete, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks offer insight on the strengths and weaknesses of Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field and on the roles Hillary and Bill Clinton played at the DNC.
August 29, 2008
Shields and Brooks Mull Road Ahead for McCain-Palin Ticket
Sen. John McCain's unexpected choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stirred a flurry of speculation over the evolving dynamics of the 2008 presidential race. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks assess the move.
August 22, 2008
Obama's Likely Running Mate, New Attack Ads Top Campaign News
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the suspense over Sen. Barack Obama's announcement of his vice presidential running mate and the latest ad war between the Democrat and GOP rival Sen. John McCain.
August 15, 2008
Marcus and Lowry Weigh Reactions to Georgia Crisis
The Georgia-Russia conflict has put the foreign policy skills of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama to the test. Analysts Ruth Marcus and Rich Lowry weigh the candidate responses and other political news of the week.
August 8, 2008
Shields and Brooks Mull GOP Retirements, Convention Plans
As an increasing number of GOP House members announce they will not run for re-election, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss possible power shifts in Congress and emerging plans for the party conventions.
August 1, 2008
Shields and Brooks Mull Campaign Rhetoric, Senate Indictment
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week in politics, including the indictment of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, Sen. John McCain's campaign ads and Sen. Hillary Clinton's future role in the Democratic Party.
July 25, 2008
Shields and Brooks on Obama's Trip, McCain's Strategy
This week on the campaign trail, Sen. Barack Obama conducted a high-profile overseas trip while GOP rival Sen. John McCain toured top election battleground states. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week in politics.
July 18, 2008
Analysts Tackle Economy Woes, Obama's Overseas Trip
Analysts David Brooks and Ruth Marcus take up the U.S. economy's shaky health and Sen. Barack Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe, which has drawn vast media coverage and was described by Sen. John McCain's camp as a publicity stunt.
July 11, 2008
Shields, Brooks Assess Struggles in the Economy, Campaign News
With continued financial troubles in the headlines, the presidential hopefuls have made their plans to improve the economy central to their case to voters. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac panic and campaign trail developments.
July 4, 2008
Analysts Consider Obama on Iraq, Legacy of Jesse Helms
Columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru debate the potential impact of presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama's statements on Iraq and other news, including the death of former senator Jesse Helms.
June 27, 2008
Shields, Brooks Take Up Campaign News, Court Rulings
Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama campaigned with former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton at a rally Friday in Unity, N.H. and the Supreme Court issues a week of weighty decisions. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks examine the week's political news.
June 20, 2008
Shields, Brooks Discuss Obama's Fundraising Shift, McCain's Energy Proposal
Tensions between the presumptive presidential nominees escalated over Sen. Barack Obama's refusal of public funds and Sen. John McCain's call to lift a ban on offshore drilling. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the political news of the week.
June 13, 2008
Shields, Brooks Mull Campaigns, Reflect on Russert's Life
Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh campaign news as the race between Barack Obama and John McCain gains steam, and they reflect on the career of NBC's Tim Russert, who died Friday from an apparent heart attack.
June 6, 2008
Obama, McCain Plot Campaign Strategies as Clinton Exits
With the Democratic primary race in the rear-view mirror, Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are trading the opening shots of their general election campaigns. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks assess the political road ahead.
May 30, 2008
Democrats Face Turning Point in Fla., Mich. Delegate Debate
On Saturday, the Democratic rules committee will meet to decide the fate of the delegates chosen in renegade primaries in Michigan and Florida -- a critical moment in the race between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Mark Shields and David Brooks examine the Democratic race.
May 23, 2008
Clinton Gaffe, McCain Health Records Top Campaign News
As Sen. Hillary Clinton apologized for citing the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy as a rationale for staying in the race, Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama took harder punches at one another in the presidential contest. Mark Shields and David Brooks consider the news from the trail.
May 16, 2008
Analysts Weigh Bush-Obama Spat, Democratic Race
President Bush's comments about "appeasement" of dictators touched off a firestorm on the presidential campaign trail. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the remarks, as well as Hillary Clinton's West Virginia win and recent GOP losses in state contests.
May 9, 2008
Shields and Brooks Examine Impact of Epic Contest
After Sen. Barack Obama won handily in North Carolina's primary and rival Sen. Hillary Clinton scored a narrow victory in Indiana, many pundits called for Clinton to exit the race and bring the Democratic battle to a close. Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze the state of the race and the rest of the week's news.
May 2, 2008
Shields, Brooks Debate New Polls, Rev. Wright and Gas Tax
With North Carolina and Indiana preparing to vote, columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss if Rev. Wright, the gas tax holiday or the economy may prove decisive in Tuesday's balloting.
April 25, 2008
As Democrats Battle On, Shields and Brooks Size Up Tactics
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are turning their attention to Indiana and North Carolina as the battle for the Democratic nomination rolls on while GOP Sen. John McCain has sought to hone his political message on the campaign trail. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's political news.
April 18, 2008
Clinton, Obama Enter Final Stretch in Pa. Primary Fight
For the first time in six weeks, Democratic voters will once again cast ballots in the hotly contested Pennsylvania primary Tuesday. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks consider the state of the campaign and assess the fallout from Wednesday's debate in Philadelphia.
April 11, 2008
In Wake of Iraq Report, Troop Levels Stir Debate
This week, Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker spoke to Congressional panels about the current situation in Iraq and President Bush backed shorter Iraq troop tours. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week in the news.
April 4, 2008
Bleak U.S. Economic Outlook Stirs Recession Fears, Candidate Proposals
Large jobs loses, stock market tremors and a slumping housing market continued to build fears this week of a recession. NewsHour analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the latest economic developments and reflect on the Martin Luther King, Jr. anniversary.
March 28, 2008
Iraq, Democratic Rivalry Top the Week's Headlines
New violence in Iraq pitted security forces against Shiite militias, likely GOP nominee Sen. John McCain outlined his foreign policy plans and Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean called for a cooling of the rhetoric between presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week.
March 21, 2008
Shields and Brooks Weigh Obama's Speech, Iraq War
This week, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama delivered a high-profile speech on race in America and the Iraq war reached the five-year mark and U.S. economic anxieties continued to mount. Analysts David Brooks and Mark Shields reflect on the news of the week.
March 14, 2008
Shields and Brooks Mull Economic Woes, Delegate Showdown
More gloomy news emerged about the U.S. economy this week while Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama braced for a tight battle for delegates -- and debated whether Florida and Michigan should re-do their primaries. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks consider the week in the news.
March 7, 2008
Shields, Brooks Weigh Democrats' Delegate Disputes
The fight for the Democratic nomination was shaken up once again this week as Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries. Also, Florida and Michigan might hold new primaries after they were stripped of their delegates for holding early contests. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
February 29, 2008
With Texas and Ohio on Horizon, Shields and Brooks Assess the Race
Amid worsening economic reports and tightening poll numbers, the primary race between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton entered a critical weekend ahead of primary votes in Texas and Ohio. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks provide their take on the week.
February 22, 2008
Shields, Brooks Mull Democratic Race, McCain Media Flap
This week, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debated in Texas before the state's primary, questions surfaced in the New York Times about presumptive GOP nominee John McCain's ties to a lobbyist and Cuban leader Fidel Castro stepped down. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
February 15, 2008
Analysts Discuss Campaign News, Clemens Hearing
Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., released a negative campaign ad, prominent lawmakers reconsidered their endorsements and Congress questioned pitcher Roger Clemens over steroid use allegations. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
February 1, 2008
Shields and Brooks Weigh '08 Race, Stimulus Debate
The 2008 presidential race saw more shake-ups this week with the exits of candidates John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani, while lawmakers debated the best way for the government to help boost an ailing economy. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.
January 25, 2008
Amid Tensions on the Trail, Democrats Head Into S.C. Contest
Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were on the offensive this week, gearing up for Saturday's South Carolina primary contest, as tumbles in world financial markets prompted new efforts in Congress for an economic stimulus. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week in the news.
January 18, 2008
Candidates Gear Up for Nevada, S.C. Nominating Contests
Ahead of the Nevada and South Carolina contests, presidential candidates are making last-minute pitches and voters are mulling their picks. Analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks assess the week's news, including how issues like the economy may factor in at the polls.
January 11, 2008
Shields and Brooks Weigh Primaries, Chance of Bloomberg Bid
With the Iowa and New Hampshire nominating contests now complete and with several GOP and Democratic candidates still in contention to be their party's front-runner, analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks reflect on the week in political news and weigh speculation of an independent run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.