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December 22, 1995

Weekly Show

The 1995 budget talks between President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress over how to reduce America’s spiraling deficit ended in political deadlock and a partial government shutdown. Republicans were demanding deep cuts in taxes and spending including Medicare; President Clinton wanted smaller cuts in spending and none at all in taxes. Sound familiar?

On the Radar: July 22, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

Grand Bargains: Why they are so elusive

Gwen's Take

I’ve been afflicted this week with a disorienting sense of déjà vu that affects any reporter who has covered Washington long enough. Even the most consequential and operatic standoffs begin to seem eerily familiar.

On the Radar: May 31, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

The Gospel According to Bill Clinton

Gwen's Take

It never gets old listening to Bill Clinton. Like a thoroughbred watching the race from the sidelines, he is always champing at the bit to get back on the track.

That became clear once again this week when I was invited to interview the 42nd President during the opening session of deficit hawk Peter G. Peterson’s “Solutions for America’s Future” conference.

May 27, 1994

Vault Show

In the wake of the Congressional special election upset in New York this week, we look back into the "Vault" at parallels to a 1994 special election. Like this year, in which a national issue (Medicare Reform) shaped the debate, in 1994 the issue was Bill Clinton's popularity.

On the Radar: May 24, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

PBS NewsHour: As GOP Field Takes Shape, Gingrich on Defensive Over Medicare Remarks

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May 17, 2011

The GOP's 2012 presidential nomination battle shifted once again Monday when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who hasn't officially entered the race, announced he'd raised $10 million in one day. Political Editor David Chalian speaks with Gwen Ifill about the GOP field and Newt Gingrich's controversial Medicare comments.

On the Radar: May 17, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

Political Checklist: We've Hit the Debt Ceiling, Now What?

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May 16, 2011

In this week's edition of the Political Checklist, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian examine why, if the nation has hit its limit for borrowing, has there been no outcry from the markets or the political system? Gwen suggests that Wall Street is well-aware that Congress is known for making politics out of the debt ceiling increase, but always raises the limit before it is too late. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he can take extra measures and ensure that the government can borrow until August 2.

They also discuss the politics behind Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's criticism of the House GOP-endorsed Medicare overhaul as "radical." Gwen compares 2011 version of Gingrich to Gingrich in the 1990s, when he was the bomb-thrower seeking to shake up the establishment. Gwen and David also express confusion about Gingrich's position on Medicare reform, and they aren't the only ones.