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  • An example of gerrymandering in Maryland's 3rd congressional district. Photo by PBS NewsHour Weekend
    September 24, 2016  

    Gerrymandering — the practice of drawing districts to benefit one political party over another or to protect an incumbent — has a long history in the U.S. Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield reports on reform efforts in Maryland, where one district has been called a “broken-winged pterodactyl,” and in North Carolina, where litigation is challenging partisan redistricting. Continue reading

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Shelby, 42, charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, is shown in this Tulsa County Jail booking photo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., September 23, 2016.  Courtesy Tulsa County Jail/Handout via REUTERS    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY - RTSP3ZU
    September 23, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man turned herself in before being released on a $50,000 bond. Also, Sen. Ted Cruz says he will vote for Donald Trump, after not endorsing him at the GOP convention. Continue reading

  • United States Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following the two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2016.          REUTERS/Gary Cameron     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSOU1R
    September 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the Federal Reserve said it will hold on keeping a key, short-term interest rate near record lows. Chair Janet Yellen suggested a hike was likely before year’s end. Also, the crisis in Syria took center stage at the U.N. Security Council. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied Russian responsibility for Monday’s deadly attack on an aid convoy. Continue reading

  • The sign outside the Wells Fargo & Co. bank in downtown Denver April 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo    GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD PACKAGE - SEARCH "BUSINESS WEEK AHEAD JULY 11" FOR ALL IMAGES - RTSHA96
    September 20, 2016  

    Wells Fargo chief John Stumpf apologized before Congress Tuesday for the bank opening two million unauthorized accounts. Regulators say workers were under sales pressure, but Stumpf said it was not a scheme. More than 5,000 workers have been fired; lawmakers suggested the bank’s CEO is the one who should pay the price. Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Corkery of The New York Times. Continue reading

  • A woman holds up a t-shirt before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held a campaign event at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTSO2SR
    September 19, 2016  

    Has our political system gone crazy? Jonathan Rauch thinks so. In a recent piece for the Atlantic, Rauch explores what he calls “chaos syndrome” in Washington: government stagnation, he argues, is resulting from politicians’ inability to compromise, combined with constant calls for transparency. Judy Woodruff speaks with Rauch about the history of American politics and where they stand today. Continue reading

  • A boy carries a toy gun while riding a pick-up truck with other boys during a demonstration calling for aid to reach Aleppo near Castello road in Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail  - RTSNR2I
    September 15, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the U.N. blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for delays in getting humanitarian aid into his country despite the cease-fire. The U.N. wants to deliver convoys into Aleppo, but says Syria is not providing permits. Also, a self-described hit man in the Philippines says that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings by death squads when he was mayor of Davao. Continue reading

  • An aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carries the Zika virus is seen at a laboratory of the National Center for the Control of Tropical Diseases (CENCET) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photo by Stringer /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    September 7, 2016   BY  

    Senate leaders in both parties said Wednesday they’re talking with the White House about two major issues that remain unaddressed this year: approving emergency money to fight the Zika virus and keeping most of the federal government funded after the end of the month. Continue reading

  • Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo - RTX2OCOQ
    September 6, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Congress came back from its summer recess with a full plate. It has less than a month to pass a funding bill and is under pressure to deliver a package to fight Florida’s homegrown Zika outbreak. Also, security forces in Afghanistan ended a standoff with three gunmen who had seized a building in Kabul. Continue reading

  • Congressional lawmakers are on a seven-week recess. A look at what lawmakers accomplished and what unfinished business remains. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
    September 6, 2016   BY  

    Members of the House and Senate are back in Washington after an extended summer recess. While they were away, fears of a local Zika outbreak on the U.S. mainland became reality. How did we get here? Continue reading

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    September 5, 2016  

    What role do labor unions play in presidential politics this election? John Yang speaks with Susan Page of USA Today and Stu Rothenberg of The Rothenberg-Gonzales Political Report about Donald Trump’s efforts to court African-Americans, a generational challenge for Hillary Clinton, what to expect as Congress returns from summer recess and more. Continue reading

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