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October 18, 2013

Weekly Show

President Barack Obama signed a law to end the government shutdown and extend the U.S. debt limit into 2014. We examine the real cost of the shutdown and what it will take to overcome Washington dysfunction to reach a budget deal. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News. 

October 11, 2013

Weekly Show

The political and economic consequences of the government shutdown and the impact should the U.S. default; Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve; and SCOTUS takes on the campaign finance law. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Greg Ip, The Economist; Jim Tankersley, Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, Reuters.

2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

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As the government shutdown continues, the next fiscal crisis is already on the horizon. The Treasury says the U.S. will default on its loans on Oct. 17 unless Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling, but House Republicans will not allow the debt ceiling to be raised without some concessions. During last fight to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, a deal was reached just 2 days before U.S. borrowing authority lapsed. The deal included significant cuts in spending, but the cantankerous debate resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.

October 4, 2013

Weekly Show

The shutdown standoff continues between President Obama and congressional republicans as the debt ceiling crisis looms, an estimated 800,000 federal government workers nationwide have been put on furlough, and the new online health insurance exchanges open for business. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times. 

 

Big government: impact on the markets?

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Obama makes detour to visit hurricane site

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President Obama took a short detour from campaigning on Monday to inspect the damage wrought by Hurricane Isaac last week and the government response, a stop that took on outsized political overtones in this campaign season.

SEC can't agree on a fix for money-market funds

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Nothing the government can do will prevent every future financial crisis; they have been with us since the advent of money and financial markets. But the government is even having trouble fixing things that made the last crisis so devastating.

New rules expose bigger funding gaps for public pensions

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Already-strapped state and local governments are coming under increasing pressure to reduce pension benefits or increase taxpayer contributions that help pay for them because of new rules that would require them to report those obligations more honestly, advocates say.

Blind Chinese Activist Abandoned by US?

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Chen Guangcheng fearful of Chinese government after escaping house arrest.

PBS NewsHour: In Ariz. Immigration Case, Supreme Court Weighs Limits of Federal, State Powers

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As the Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona's contentious immigration law Wednesday, justices appeared skeptical of the Obama administration's claim that the state had overstepped federal law. Gwen Ifill and Marcia Coyle discuss the arguments and the four distinct parts that are being challenged.