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Dems Hope for Campaign Edge on Tax Issue

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Democrats feel they’re closer than ever in their long-running bid to paint Republicans as being much more eager to cut taxes for the rich than for the working class. But public contempt for Congress is so rampant that the effort may fade away in a pox-on-all-their-houses fog. If that happens, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could lose a political edge as they head into the 2012 elections with a struggling economy.
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Hate Washington? Join The Club

Gwen's Take

Welcome to my hometown. There are few places in the world that people hate so much, yet expend such extraordinary effort trying to get to.

Myself, I find much to love about Washington. The monuments are pretty. The green spaces are well-manicured. The museums are astounding (and mostly free). And it is just Southern enough to produce good food and good people.

But if there is one thing that never seems to change, it is that the rest of the country has come to hate the caricature the city has become.

PBS NewsHour: Obama, Boehner Still 'Quite Far Apart' on Debt Deal

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July 25, 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner addressed the nation Monday about the approaching debt-limit deadline and the political stalemate between top lawmakers over deficit-reduction proposals. Watch their full remarks plus analysis from Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian.

PBS NewsHour: Plouffe: We Won't Accept Boehner's Short-Term Deal

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July 27, 2011

A vote on Speaker Boehner's debt plan was delayed until Thursday after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the bill would cut $850 billion instead of the promised $1.2 trillion. Gwen Ifill discusses the ongoing stalemate with President Obama's senior political adviser, David Plouffe, and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.

July 29, 2011

Weekly Show

Lawmakers prepare to work through the weekend to reach a debt deal and avoid a U.S. default. What will it take to break the stalemate and how would a default impact Americans? Plus, how Obama, Boehner, and Reid have played it so far. Joining Gwen Ifill: Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; and Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.

 

On the Radar: September 16, 2011

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Searching for Bottom: Why Everybody Had A Bad Week

Gwen's Take

"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day." -- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

By now it is old news that the President of the United States is in a deep political hole, with daylight growing ever farther away. He doesn’t have gum in his hair yet, but it’s doubtful the White House would admit it if he did.

On the Radar: August 10, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

All The King's Horses And All The King's Men

Gwen's Take

In the fine tradition of the well-executed post mortem, we now find ourselves in the season of the "tick tock" -- the well-reported explanations of how a big story unfolded.

We have been treated to the finest of the genre in the days since the President was finally able to put ink to paper and sign the much wrangled- over legislation to raise the nation's debt limit.

On the Radar: August 2, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar