• A US flag is held by a marcher in front of trhe Supreme during the March for Life on January 24, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.The march marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (officially Jan. 22), a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.     AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
    March 2, 2015  

    In 2000, Arizona voters changed who has the authority to draw district voting lines. Instead of the state legislature, an independent commission was created in an attempt to reduce partisanship. The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing a clause in the Constitution that says voting is prescribed by a state’s legislature. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the case. Continue reading

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    December 29, 2014  

    With a week to go until the new Congress arrives in Washington, we ask departing members to take stock of their legislative careers. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia joins Judy Woodruff to discuss saying goodbye, how to make a dent in the federal debt, the future of immigration reform and whether the 114th Congress will be willing to reach across the aisle. Continue reading

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    August 12, 2014  

    It’s no accident that 90 percent of Congress is re-elected every time; districts can be carefully drawn to protect incumbents. In Florida, a federal judge ruled that the design of two districts illegally favor sitting politicians, and ordered new maps just weeks before the primary elections. Political editor Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill for an in-depth explanation. Continue reading

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    July 18, 2014  

    The residents of metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin are increasingly split by race, political party and geography. A major fight over Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 helped widen the divide. Gwen Ifill talks to residents and local politicians about the fractured political landscape and what the polarization means on a national level, and Mark Shields and David Brooks weigh in with analysis. Continue reading

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    July 2, 2014  

    Wednesday marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sex. Gwen Ifill is joined by Todd Purdum to discuss his new book, “An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” which tells the story of how the legislation came to be. Continue reading

    June 12, 2014  

    A major study by the Pew Research Center finds the increasing polarization in the U.S. is not just in our politics. American adults are less likely to compromise and often decide where to live, who to marry and who their friends should be based on what they already believe. Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to assess the data. Continue reading

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    January 28, 2014  

    After two years of work and battle, Congress seems close to a farm bill deal. Gwen Ifill talks to Bloomberg News’ Alan Bjerga about what’s in the bipartisan compromise — including changes to farm subsidies and $8 billion in cuts to food stamps — and how the fight was uncharacteristically partisan. Continue reading

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    January 2, 2014  

    President Obama emerged from 2013 with near all-time low job approval ratings after the botched rollout of the health care law. Susan Page of USA Today and Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal join Judy Woodruff to discuss what the president can try to do to achieve a productive year as midterm elections approach. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2013  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss their takes on Senate Democrats’ move to invoke the "nuclear option" and how that rule change will affect partisanship. They also look back at how President John F. Kennedy shaped public service in America. Continue reading

  • July 29, 2013  

    With Congress divided by partisanship, Sen. John McCain has stepped up as a dealmaker between Democrats and Republicans in order to make progress and avoid political showdowns on important legislation. Gwen Ifill talks to the Arizona Republican about his role as a mediator between Republicans and the Obama administration. Continue reading

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