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Congress Holds on Loretta Lynch

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Washington Week
PBS


While Congress accomplished a lot this week, they did not act on the nomination of Loretta Lynch, the woman the president has selected to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General. Continue


TTC Extra: UPS Accused of Pregnancy Discrimination

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To The Contrary
PBS


The Supreme Court has ruled that UPS employee Peggy Young can proceed with her lawsuit against the shipping company for pregnancy discrimination. She charges she was not given light work in accordance with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. PANEL: Manal Omar, Anushay Hossain, Sam Bennett, Patrice Lee Continue


Gwen's Take: Getting On With It

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Washington Week
PBS


"Robin Toner did whatever was needed to file the story. In the years before Wi-Fi and coffee shop hot spots, she would stop motorcades, if necessary, to find a landline from which to send her story back to the Times. She was a fabulous gal pal." Continue


How the First Amendment affects your specialty license plate

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Does the state of Texas have the right to issue specialty license plates featuring a Confederate flag? Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal fills in Gwen Ifill on the case being argued at the Supreme Court, as well as a decision to not take up a Wisconsin voter ID case. Continue


Netanyahu Re-Elected in Israel, Nuclear Talks with Iran

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Washington Week
PBS


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled off a strong victory in his re-election bid this week. POLITICO's Michael Crowley reports on Netanyahu's win and the impact on Palestianian peace talks and Obama's fractured relationship with Netanyahu. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry continued negotiations with Iran over the nation's nuclear program. Continue


Shields and Brooks on Netanyahu’s election provocation

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including provocative pre-election comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the House Republicans’ budget priorities, the congressional standoff over the human trafficking bill, plus personal predictions for March Madness. Continue


TTC Extra: SXSW Panel Interruption

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To The Contrary
PBS


The lack of diversity in the tech field was awkwardly displayed at the South By South West festival. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was called out for repeatedly interrupting former Google executive Megan Smith. PANEL: Kellyanne Conway; Neera Tanden; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


Human trafficking victims put on hold by political gridlock

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Lawmakers from both parties had come together in recent weeks to combat human trafficking with a bill to help victims. But now senators are in a standoff over a stipulation that bans the use of special funds for victims' abortions. Judy Woodruff talks to Bradley Myles of Polaris and Holly Austin Smith, an advocate and a trafficking survivor, about how predators lure victims and what’s at stake. Continue


Human trafficking bill stalls Loretta Lynch confirmation

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about why a human trafficking bill is standing in the way of a Senate confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, what happened when Jeb Bush and Scott Walker recently tested the waters in New Hampshire and whether voters care about scrutiny over Hillary Clinton’s email. Continue


2016 Hopefuls in N.H., Menendez Corruption Investigation

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Washington Week
PBS


Several potential Republican presidential candidates travelled to New Hampshire this week. Jeff Zeleny of CNN explains the impact of campaigning in early primary states for these hopefuls. The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig breaks down the corruption investigation of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and what is, or isn’t, allowed when people in power want to "help a friend." Continue


Harry Reid Announces Retirement, U.S. Troop Drawdown

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Washington Week
PBS


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made a surprise announcement Friday that he will not run for re-election in Nevada in 2016 which set off discussions inside the Democratic leadership about who will replace the long-time leader. Also this week, President Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and announced that 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of the year. Continue


Chat with Gwen Ifill: Submit your question!

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Washington Week
PBS


Gwen Ifill will be answering your questions! So what do you want to know? Politics? Current events? Nothing is off limits. Just put "Chat Question" in the subject! Continue


Democracy in Disrepair

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The Open Mind
PBS


The longest serving Independent in the US Congress Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont discusses his blueprint for a populist reform agenda. Continue


First out of the gate for 2016, where does Ted Cruz go now?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Many Republicans say they are considering a run for president in 2016, but Sen. Ted Cruz is the first to make it official. Gwen Ifill talks to Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today about how Cruz fits into the GOP campaign landscape. Continue


Aaron Schock's Resignation, New Fracking Rules

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Washington Week
PBS


On the Webcast Extra, Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings breaks down the “delicious story” of the downfall of Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) after his resignation from Congress when stories of questionable expenditures arose following his Downton Abbey-themed office. The Justice Department and FBI have started a criminal inquiry. John Harwood of CNBC details President Obama’s fracking initiative. Continue


Beijing+20; Hillary Clinton Doctrine; "War on Women" Over?

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To The Contrary
PBS


Beijing+20: How far have women come and what still needs to be done, 20 years after the famed women's conference? Hillary Clinton Doctrine: How much has Hillary Clinton done to improve women's lives? "War on Women": Democrats say it's back, while Republicans say it's over. PANEL: Kellyanne Conway; Neera Tanden; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


Gwen's Take: Making Peace and Making Coffee

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Washington Week
PBS


"I woke up one morning this week to discover that Starbucks had decided to launch a new initiative at its coffee shops, branding their paper cups with a #RaceTogether hashtag and encouraging baristas to chat customers up about race. My first thought: what an admirable idea. My second thought: heck no." Continue


What House Republicans hope 2016’s budget will look like

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


House Republicans revealed their 2016 budget plan, pushing for deep cuts to lower the deficit, while preserving defense spending. What are the political calculations behind the proposal? Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill for a look at the priorities fueling the GOP budget. Continue


Full Episode

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James Baker
PBS


Watch the story of James A. Baker III, a remarkable politician and statesman who represents a time when a divided Congress got things done, and when presidents and politicians worked together. Baker, now 84, helped get three presidents elected, served in top posts for two of them and was a central player in some of the most momentous events of the late 20th century. Continue


Secret Service Security Breaches, Hillary Clinton's Email

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Washington Week
PBS


In the latest embarrassment for the agency tasked with protecting the president, two Secret Service agents are being investigated for driving a vehicle into a White House security barricade while under the influence of alcohol. The agents allegedly drove into an active bomb investigation, nearly missing a suspicious package. Continue


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