Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks assess the top stories of the past week, including President Obama’s appearance at a House GOP retreat and why Republicans may have little incentive to reach across the aisle. Continue reading
Despite campaign promises to change the tone of politics in Washington, President Barack Obama finds Congress and the nation still split over a range of critical issues. Gwen Ifill and guests discuss the roots of the division. Continue reading
When the stimulus bill was passed with no Republican votes in the House and little GOP support in the Senate, questions arose on the state of bipartisan ties with the new Obama administration. Historians give their perspectives on how bipartisanship fares in times of crisis. Continue reading
Commerce Secretary-designate Judd Gregg became the latest Cabinet nominee to withdraw from consideration, citing key differences with President Barack Obama on economic issues and the forthcoming Census. Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza discusses the development. Continue reading
On his third day in office, President Barack Obama worked to resolve the economic downturn with congressional leaders from both parties. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading
The Iraq Study Group released recommendations Wednesday calling for greater diplomatic efforts, as well as a “change in the primary mission” of U.S. troops that will allow “responsible” troop withdrawal. Co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton discuss the report. Continue reading
President Bush met Monday with members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and said he would not “prejudge” the forthcoming report, though he did praise the commission for asking good questions.
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. Continue reading