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Chat With Gwen: June 28, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Thursday, June 28th live chat with Gwen Ifill. Read the transcript below.

Dearth of Civility in the Public Square

Gwen's Take

Flash back with me to sixth grade recess. A bit of taunting that turns into a little shoving and trash talking. Next thing you know, a circle of children are egging each other you on, chanting: “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

What choice did you have but to fight? It wasn’t a very civil thing to do, but this was elementary school.

Now, we live in a world of sixth grade taunting everywhere we look, where disagreements are settled on the playground of dueling campaign appearances and pundit-driven cable television debates.

Our 25th Anniversary

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Washington Week marks its 45th year on the air this week making it TV's longest running prime time news and public affairs program. To mark this milestone we pulled a clip from the 25th anniversary broadcast hosted by long-time moderator Paul Duke. It’s a wonderful retrospective of some of the stories, journalists and events that have shaped Washington Week for more than four decades.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Deficit Plan Hits Opposition on Hill, But Frames 2012 Fight

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President Obama on Monday called for $1.5 trillion in new taxes aimed at wealthy Americans as part of a plan to reduce the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years. Gwen Ifill discusses the proposal with Phillip Swagel of the American Enterprise Institute and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.