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On The Radar

The candidates say it on debate stages. Voters say it at campaign rallies. It is a staple of Republican rhetoric that 2012 is the most fateful election in decades — a big and perilous moment around which national destiny will hinge. Here’s what does not get said as often: This big moment on history’s stage is being filled by politicians who so far have looked way too small for the occasion.
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September 9, 2011

Weekly Show

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on his new jobs plan. Will his speech be enough to rally support? Also, analysis on this week’s GOP presidential candidates’ debate. Plus, our reporters reflect on 9/11 and how it has shaped their lives and America in the past 10 years. Joining Gwen Ifill: Jackie Calmes, The New York Times and John Harris, Politico.