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Dearth of Civility in the Public Square

Gwen's Take

Flash back with me to sixth grade recess. A bit of taunting that turns into a little shoving and trash talking. Next thing you know, a circle of children are egging each other you on, chanting: “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

What choice did you have but to fight? It wasn’t a very civil thing to do, but this was elementary school.

Now, we live in a world of sixth grade taunting everywhere we look, where disagreements are settled on the playground of dueling campaign appearances and pundit-driven cable television debates.

What’s Next---5 Questions Answered

Gwen's Take

Right after the polls closed Tuesday night and Mitt Romney had been declared the winner of the Florida primary, Syndicated Columnists and PBS NewsHour contributors David Brooks, Mark Shields and I looked at each other and sighed.

As we prepared for the NewsHour’s 11 p.m. politics special, would we have anything left to say?

Turns out we had plenty.

PBS NewsHour Special Report: Sorting Through Florida Results

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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks sort through the Florida GOP primary results with Gwen in a special edition of the NewsHour.

PBS NewsHour: David Brooks and Ruth Marcus analyze the State of the Union

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David Brooks of the New York Times and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post analyze the key points of President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address.

PBS NewsHour: Reflections on Mitt Romney's New Hampshire Victory

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From on the ground in New Hampshire, Gwen Ifill talks with Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks about Mitt Romney's victory in New Hampshire's primary.