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
Editorial writers and columnists assess President Obama’s effort to rally support for health reform and his criticism of opponents for trying to “scare people.”
Any overhaul of the nation’s health care system will depend on draft legislation from the influential Senate Finance Committee. In an interview with Judy Woodruff, Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the committee, discusses the challenges facing reform. Continue reading
In other news, Iranian officials confirmed they have arrested three Americans for allegedly crossing the nation’s border illegally, and the full Senate moved to debate the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Continue reading
With Congress showing some progress Wednesday in the health care reform debate, journalists discuss the political hurdles that must be cleared to reach a final deal.
Columnists Mark Shields and Michael Gerson mull Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s surprise resignation announcement and the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling that Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman for a U.S. Senate seat. Continue reading
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced she’s resigning later this month, instead of seeking re-election next year. Continue reading
After weeks of political strife and power struggles between the New York State Senate’s Republicans and Democrats, Gov. David Paterson Tuesday called an emergency session in an effort to end the stalemate that has left major legislation hanging in the balance. A reporter updates the story. Continue reading