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April 11, 2014

Weekly Show

The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. What challenges will her successor inherit? Also, the 50th anniversary and legacy of the Civil Rights Act, the politics of income inequality, and the prospective candidacies and political dynasties of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Michael Duffy; TIME Magazine; Alex Wayne, Bloomberg News.

New Worries for Democrats on Health Law

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As the administration struggles to put in place the final, complex piece of President Obama’s signature health care law, an endeavor on a scale not seen since Medicare’s creation nearly a half-century ago, Democrats are worried that major snags will be exploited by Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.

Florida Governor's Embrace of Medicaid Money Undercuts GOP Attacks on 'Obamacare'

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Bashing “Obamacare” just isn’t what it used to be.

Just over two years ago, the rallying cry against President Obama’s health care overhaul unified Republicans and hoisted the party to historic electoral gains in state capitals and in Washington.

With Gap Wide and Time Short, Obama and Boehner Meet

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With time running short to work out a deal to avert a year-end fiscal crisis, President Obama called Speaker John A. Boehner to the White House on Thursday evening to try to move talks forward even as pessimism mounted that a broad deal could be struck that bridges the substantial gap between the parties on taxes and entitlements like Medicare.

‘Fiscal cliff’ talks bogged down by dispute over cost of retirement programs

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Negotiations to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff” advanced at a glacial pace Wednesday, with a dispute over how to tackle the soaring cost of federal retirement programs emerging as the latest roadblock to progress.

AARP uses its power to oppose Social Security, Medicare benefit cuts for retirees

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AARP, the lobbying powerhouse for older Americans, last year made a dramatic concession. Amid a national debate over whether to overhaul Social Security, the group said for the first time it was open to cuts in benefits.The backlash from AARP members and liberal groups that oppose changes in the program was enormous — and this time around, as Washington debates how to tame the ballooning federal debt, AARP is flatly opposed to any benefit reductions for the nation’s retirees.

On edge of brutal ‘fiscal cliff,’ some see an opportunity to end debt paralysis

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Two years ago this month, the leaders of a presidential commission rolled out a startling plan to dig the nation out of debt. After decades of profligacy, they said, Washington must tell people to work longer, pay higher taxes and expect less in retirement.

On Economy, Romney Blurs Contrast

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Apparently Mitt Romney likes government regulation, loves Medicare the way it is, agrees fairly regularly with President Obama, and does not, in fact, want to cut taxes very much. Those are gross simplifications of Romney’s economic platform, and ones very much at odds with the antitax, antiregulation, pro-entitlement-reform campaign the former Massachusetts governor has waged for more than a year.

Romney aims to neutralize Obama's narrative

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Read Mitt’s lips: no new taxes on the middle class, no net tax decrease for high earners, no cuts in defense spending.

Romney and Obama trade shots over tax-cut math, Medicare

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After a week in which Democrats repeatedly attacked his economic plan as beneficial to the rich and devastating to the poor, Republican nominee Mitt Romney insisted Sunday that his tax and budget proposals would help rebuild the middle class in America.