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January 10, 2013

Weekly Show

How Gov. Chris Christie is trying to distance himself from the erupting traffic jam political fallout; a closer look at Robert Gates’ new memoir; the politics at play behind extending emergency benefits to the long-term unemployed; and a look at the war on poverty. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, New York Times'; John Dickerson, Slate/ CBS News; Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal.

Raise the Minimum Wage

On The Radar

Here’s an unhappy observation about the minimum wage: Congress last increased the rate in stages in 2006, topping it out at $7.25 an hour in 2009, or $15,080 a year. That amount, when adjusted for inflation, is actually lower than what a minimum-wage worker earned in 1968 and is too meager to offer anyone the chance to climb out of poverty, let alone afford basic goods and services.
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Romney Plays Trump Card in Las Vegas

On The Radar

After stumbling with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to America's poor, Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney was endorsed on Thursday by one of the country's most famous wealthy businessmen - real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump.
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Who Cares About the Poor?

On The Radar

Mitt Romney is now being protected by the Secret Service. Unfortunately for him, they were not in a position to jump in front of his comments Wednesday morning. The day after his Florida triumph, Romney told CNN: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

September 16, 2011

Weekly Show

President Obama took his jobs plan straight to voters this week amidst a bounty of bad news including a jump in unemployment benefit applications, and a spike in the number of people living in poverty.  Also: analysis of the Tea Party debate. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Dickerson of Slate/CBS News, Beth Reinhard of National Journal, Charles Babington of AP, Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post.
 

On the Radar: September 14, 2011

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