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Dog Whistle politics:

Gwen's Take

You talking to ME?

The past several days have handed me a cluster of excuses to return to one of my favorite topics: what happens when politicians speak in code. Known in some circles as dog-whistle politics – saying one thing intended to be heard only by those with sensitized hearing – it’s recently been on varied display.

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December 17, 2010

Weekly Show

Congress passes a tax deal compromise; the administration’s assessment of the war in Afghanistan; and could a Federal judge's ruling jeopardize the Obama's healthcare overhaul? Plus, the legacy of diplomat Richard Holbrooke.  Joining Gwen this week; Janet Hook (Wall Street Journal), Pete Williams (NBC News), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), and Doyle McManus, (LA Times).

December 10, 2010

Weekly Show

House Democrats turned against President Obama because of his tax compromise with the GOP. Gwen Ifill discusses the deadlock in the current lame duck congress with Jackie Calmes (NY Times) Charles Babington (Associated Press) and Lori Montgomery (Washington Post).  Also, Tom Gjelten (NPR) reports on the latest news surrounding the WikiLeaks disclosures, including the arrest of Julian Assange.
 

October 8, 2010

Weekly Show

As both parties rush to fire up their bases, can Democrats regain their footing by November? Peter Baker (New York Times) and Michael Duffy (Time Magazine) discuss party strategies and the latest polling. David Wessel (Wall Street Journal) looks at why the economic recovery has stalled. And Joan Biskupic (USA Today) on whether protesting at military funerals constitutes free speech.