Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Biographer David Maraniss Compares Obama and Clinton
    David Marannis, author of "Barack Obama: The Story," compares Bill Clinton, "the great explainer," with President Obama, the day after the former president delivered a rousing address on behalf of his Democratic successor. While Clinton enjoyed the politics of his term, posits Maraniss, Obama is more of a reflective learner.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Obama Advisers, Lawmakers Look Back on Last Four Years
    David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel, former advisers to President Obama, discuss his leadership style, his record of decisive action, his unpopular decisions and his attempts to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • News Wrap: Romney Won't Watch President Obama's DNC Speech
    In other news Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he would not watch President Obama's nomination speech unless he admitted he had failed. Also, a new report from Human Rights Watch suggests that harsh interrogation practices were more widespread in the CIA after 9/11 than previously believed.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Shields and Brooks Anticipate President Obama 'at Bat'
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk to Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about the "two exceptional nights" at the Democratic National Convention, and the very high bar set by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton going into President Obama's nomination acceptance speech.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • The DNC Through the Eyes of an Illegal Immigrant
    For more on this story go to: http://to.pbs.org/QcMxT5For the last 20 years, he has been living in Arizona after entering the country illegally from Mexico. Like the millions of undocumented immigrants estimated in the country, Gerardo Torres faces the risk of arrest and deportation. He joined other immigrants to proclaim their undocumented status at the DNC in Charlotte.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Clinton, Warren Rev Up DNC Crowd for Main Event: Obama
    Threat of bad weather pushed the culminating event of the convention -- the nomination acceptance speech by President Obama -- inside, prompting improvisation to accommodate crowds and change the program. Prominent Democratic figures like President Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren addressed the convention Wednesday.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Rep. John Lewis: 'Your Vote Is Precious, Almost Sacred'
    Georgia congressman John Lewis addressed the Democratic National Convention on the historic suppression of voters' rights, linking past injustices to new new voting legislation.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Former Speechwriter Michael Waldman: Clinton was Effective
    Hari Sreenivasan spoke with former Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman about what he thought of Clinton's speech Wednesday night. "He made an important argument to the country," Waldman said. "And he did it with gusto, joy -- and at length." Find out what advice Waldman has for President Obama, his thoughts on the impact of talking policy and how Bill Clinton and Bruce Springsteen are similar.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Colo. Rep. Don Pabon: "The Democratic Party is a Reflection
    Ray interviews Colo. Rep. Don Pabon on the party's diversity, values and driving voter turnout.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • N.C. Delegate on Gay Marriage and the Black Vote
    Ray Suarez interviews N.C. delegate Deborah Giles on gay marriage, the black vote, reinvigorating apathetic voters. She also reveals how she scored such a prime seat for President Obama's speech.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • As a Child, DNC Delegate Took Horse and Buggy to the Polls
    Ray Suarez interviews 97-year-old Mississippi delegate Elzena Johnson - the oldest delegate at the Democratic National Convention. She talks about why she chose to be a delegate and the importance of elections to her family over the years.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012
  • Political Checklist: Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff Talk Clinton
    NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni talks with convention co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about Wednesday night's speech by Bill Clinton and the impact of Obama campaign volunteers being unable to attend the president's re-nomination speech.
    Original Air Date: September 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

  • Shields and Brooks Analyze President Clinton's DNC Speech
    Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill talk to NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks give their impressions on Bill Clinton's speech at the 2012 Democratic convention. David Brooks says it was "infectious." Mark Shields says the speech, "makes the strongest case for Barack Obama" he has heard since the campaign began.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Watch President Clinton Deliver Address at the DNC
    Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, tackling many of the issues President Barack Obama has faced in his presidency and addressing Republican counterpoints.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Elizabeth Warren: 'Americans Are Fighters'
    Elizabeth Warren, candidate for U.S. Senate, spoke to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, speaking about the middle class and the struggles to find the American dream.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Women's Rights Activist Sandra Fluke Speaks at DNC
    Attorney and Women's Rights Activist Sandra Fluke addressed the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night, talkiing about her media-covered experience testifying for Congress and the need to support women's rights to choose their needs.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Talks With PBS NewsHour
    Mayor of San Antonio and Tuesday night's keynote speaker Julian Castro stopped by the NewsHour skybox. "If you are looking for the bigger tent party across a whole host of issues, that's the Democratic party," he said.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Shields and Brooks Discuss Democratic Party Unity
    NewsHour political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss why neither party is trying to appeal to voters outside their base, how united the Democrats seem at this convention and the rhetorical emphasis on "protection."
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Address DNC
    California congresswoman Karen Bass talked about new legislative challenges to voter rights, saying "one of the darkest shadows of the past century is creeping into this one. " And Rep. Al Green from Texas talked about faith, American values and the middle class.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Are U.S. Mayors the New Leaders of the Democratic Party?
    Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Antonio Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles and chair of the Convention, talk to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about the boom of city migration in the last few decades, how major metropolitan centers drive the U.S. economy and how local governments resolve major conflicts.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Latinos Play Pivotal Role in 2012 Conventions and Election
    For the first time, latino politicians were keynote speakers at both national conventions, illustrating the growing power wielded by those politicians and latino voters, who make up a critical portion of the population in three swing states. Ray Suarez reports.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Democrats Stress Detroit Bailout in Saving U.S. Jobs
    Did President Barack Obama bailout the U.S. auto industry or did he rescue it? Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan talk to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about that "tough political call," how they feel it has benefited their states and how they perceive Republican response to that move.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on Obama Speech Venue Change
    Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx talks to Ray Suarez about the decision to move President Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech from the Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena due to concerns about inclement weather and security.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • To Stop Afghan Insider Violence Trust 'Absolutely Essential'
    Margaret Warner talks to Ret. Army Lt. Col. John Nagl, who commanded training of Afghan soldiers, about the challenge of enforcing the 2014 deadline to get combat troops out of Afghanistan, "basic human infrastructure" and educational hurdles, and how the Iraq war diverted resources from training Afghan forces for years.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Paul Ryan Attacks President Obama's Economic Record in Iowa
    In other news Wednesday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan campaigned in Iowa where he said that Bill Clinton's popularity wouldn't absolve President Obama's economic record. Also, Hurricane Isaac washed large amounts of oil remaining from the 2010 BP spill onto the shores of Louisiana, restricting fishing.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Shields, Brooks on First Lady's 'Home Run,' Bill Clinton
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk to Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about the critical consensus on the success of Michelle Obama's speech, and how Bill Clinton, a "brilliant advocate," knows how to crystalize an argument.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Democrats Roll Out Stars at DNC in Effort to Close Money Gap
    With the meteoric rise of super PACS and the repeal of previous individual and corporate restrictions on presidential and congressional fundraising -- outside money is pouring into this year's presidential campaign from every angle.The NewsHour followed Keenan Steiner and Liz Bartolomeo of the Sunlight Foundation for a taste of how both Republicans and Democrats are shaking the campaign coffers.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012
  • Dennis Kucinich Takes The Pew Research Center Political Quiz
    The NewsHour partnered with Pew Research Center for a quiz to determine where voters fall on the political spectrum. At the Democratic National Convention we've been asking people to take the quiz on camera. Outgoing Rep. Dennis Kucinich was our first. Watch his responses here and see how you rate on the quiz.
    Original Air Date: September 5, 2012

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