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June 6, 2014

Weekly Show

The controversial prisoner swap that freed Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban commanders, and two high-profile GOP Senate primaries, Iowa and Mississippi, where six-term incumbent Thad Cochran is now facing a runoff election with tea party challenger Chris McDaniel. Joining Gwen: Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post; David Sanger, The New York Times.

May 16, 2014

Weekly Show

Alleged deadly waiting times for medical care at VA hospitals, passing a compromise immigration bill ahead of the midterm elections, the growing number of 2016 presidential hopefuls, and a look at the GOP primary in Nebraska. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times.

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. 

 

Molly Ball

Panelist Bios

Molly Ball is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where she covers national politics. She was awarded the 2012 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting for her presidential campaign coverage.

Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks?

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Border security could be the issue that kills immigration reform. And yet, by most measures, the U.S.-Mexico border has never been safer.
 
The bipartisan group of U.S. senators seeking comprehensive immigration reform have proposed a "trigger" mechanism, whereby a path to citizenship would be contingent on increased border security. President Obama and liberals have not endorsed the idea, although the president is "committed to increasing our border security further," according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

A More Perfect Poll

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In the 2012 presidential election, we all thought we were smarter than the pollsters. Conservatives flocked to a site called UnskewedPolls.com, whose proprietor reconstituted the polls of major media organizations in proportions better suited to his vision of the American electorate—that is, one with more Republicans in it. Liberals, for their part, elevated to demigod status the statistician and New York Times blogger Nate Silver, who poured those same polls into a meat grinder and produced a neatly encased pronouncement that Barack Obama was overwhelmingly likely to win.

State of the Union: What Do You Want Obama to Say?

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What is the point of the State of the Union?

The president's annual address to Congress tends to be a laundry list of policy priorities that fails to make much of a splash either inside the Capitol or with the broader public. His opponents are only listening to find things to take issue with, and his allies are mostly just hoping he tosses a mention to their pet causes.

November 23, 2012

Weekly Show

The panelists review the role of the Obama administration in brokering the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire agreement in Gaza.  Also, we examine the post-election politics behind the looming fiscal cliff crisis. Plus, what factors could slow down the U.S. economic recovery. Joining Pete Williams of NBC News: Peter Baker, New York Times; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; and Jim Tankersley, National Journal.  

October 26, 2012

Weekly Show

With less than two weeks to go, the roundtable takes a look at the candidates’ swing-state campaign sprint. Also, we analyze the foreign policy plans of both candidates after the final debate. Plus, we examine the battle for Senate control which rests in the hands of a few states.  Joining Gwen:  James Kitfield, National Journal; Gloria Borger, CNN; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Susan Davis, USA Today.