Gwen Ifill will host a live chat beginning at 12 p.m. EDT today. As the managing editor of both PBS NewsHour and Washington Week, Gwen has a keen eye on the inner workings of policy and politics in the nation’s capital. She’s happy to answer your questions on all things midterms, 2016 and … you name it.
WASHINGTON — Some companies that earn billions of dollars as government contractors are among the worst violators of U.S. labor laws, yet year after year they keep winning new contracts. So President Barack Obama is aiming to end impunity for labor violators by pushing companies to clean up their act if they want to keep taking federal money.
A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Continue reading
One in five female students has been affected by sexual assault, according to the White House. Now a bipartisan group of senators is calling for colleges and universities to take action. Gwen Ifill joins sponsors of the bill Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., to discuss how the legislation will push institutions to be more transparent and provide more support to students. Continue reading
Kimberly Chexnayder, a reporter with the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, interviewed two local youths who attended President Obama’s speech in Kansas City on Wednesday. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — With Republicans close to taking back the Senate, many have concluded the most likely outcome will be even worse partisan gridlock. After all, it’s not like bipartisan coordination has been a hallmark of the last few years. But Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker sees things differently — and said so in a telephone call with the president recently. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have reached the limit of its patience with short-term fixes. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Health care, immigration intertwined for GOP lawsuit and opposition Timeline of a lawsuit Is impeachment for real – or just a Democratic (and some Republicans’) fantasy? House GOP set to move on border bill; Reid … Continue reading