President Obama made his feelings known this week on the Supreme Court, “judicial activism” and “those who would overturn” the health reform law. Some say he’s gone too far. Jeffrey Brown discusses the historical tug-of-war between the president and the Court with Georgetown Law’s Louis Michael Seidman and Randy Barnett. Continue reading
In a blistering attack on the House-Passed Republican budget Tuesday, President Obama called the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan a “Trojan Horse” and “a prescription for decline.” Judy Woodruff, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the CATO Institute’s Daniel Mitchell discuss the GOP budget plan.
After three days of hearings on health care reform, Supreme Court justices held a secret preliminary vote Friday to deliberate the Affordable Care Act’s future. Their decision is expected in late June. Jeffrey Brown and The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle discuss the steps ahead as the justices begin their deliberations. Continue reading
After years of serving in the Senate, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe and New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman have announced their retirements. They both sat down with Gwen Ifill to discuss their departures and their concerns that the political middle ground is disappearing in Washington. Continue reading
A budget proposed Tuesday by House Republicans was met with stiff resistance from Democrats — including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisting it would not pass. Judy Woodruff and the American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein discuss the ongoing partisan standoff and another fight over a stalled transportation bill. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, two U.S. soldiers were killed by Afghan attackers, raising the death toll of American troops to six in violence that began after Quran burnings at an American base. Also, Senate Democrats defeated a bid to reverse President Obama’s policy on birth control coverage. Continue reading
GOP contenders campaigned Wednesday in Arizona as they prepared for the season’s 20th presidential debate. Gwen Ifill reports from Phoenix. Then Judy Woodruff discusses the coming Michigan primary with Micheline Maynard of the public media project Changing Gears and Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter. Continue reading
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Judy Woodruff in an interview Thursday that the deal forged on Capitol Hill to extend a payroll tax cut and continue unemployment insurance benefits will create jobs and help the economy. Pelosi also discussed upcoming legislation in the House, campaign finance and the 2012 elections. Continue reading