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Ukraine Crisis, Defending Obamacare, Campaign Fundraising, Domestic Terrorism

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The high-level talks between the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the E.U. to find a diplomatic solution in Ukraine, President Obama defends the healthcare law, the surge in political fundraising and a closer look at the two ongoing investigations into domestic terrorism. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, The New York Times; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Matea Gold, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News.

March 14, 2014

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Ukraine's interim Prime Minister visits the White House and Crimea referendum, CIA accused of spying on Senate intelligence committee, and the Republican party wins Florida congressional seat in special election. Joining Amy Walter of Cook Political Report: Susan Davis, USA Today; Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News.

 

March 7, 2014

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The U.S. is ramping up pressure on Russia to de-escalate the growing tensions in Ukraine by imposing sanctinos and visa restrictions. NY Times' Peter Baker and LA Times' Doyle McManus report on the latest developments in the crisis. Plus, Republicans, including many 2016 presidential hopefuls, gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to hone their message and rally their base ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. CNN's Gloria Borger reports.

 

July 19, 2013

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The political aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict with the Justice Department's investigation and Obama’s remarks, the Senate’s tentative deal to avoid “nuclear option”, and Liz Cheney's bid to unseat fellow Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Charles Babington of the Associated Press.

Some Republicans Signal Willingness to Revive Gun Debate

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The push for stricter gun laws may return to the forefront of the congressional agenda in the coming weeks as at least two Republican senators who voted against a bipartisan proposal to expand the national gun background check system have approached Democrats about possibly restarting debate on the issue, according to senior Senate aides familiar with the talks

GOP Rifts Exposed in South Carolina

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The challenges facing the Republican Party as it heads into the elections of 2014 and 2016 were on stark display here this weekend as South Carolina Republicans gathered for their annual convention, an event that revealed a party in the throes of some internal strife.

Black Voters Are Key to a Colbert Busch Win in South Carolina

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South Carolina’s First Congressional District is known for the churning Port of Charleston, growing suburbs to the north, and stately homes with wrap-around porches from Beaufort to Mount Pleasant. The white, well-heeled voters who dominate the district favored Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by 18 percentage points.

Gwen’s Take: Seeing Eye to Eye for a Change

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Washington lives in its moments.

I got to sit in the White House East Room this week for the taping of an “In Performance at the White House” concert on Memphis Soul that will air on PBS next week. Justin Timberlake and Mavis Staples were there. I was in hog heaven.

From the Vault: President Obama visits Capitol Hill

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As President Obama travels to Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans and Democrats to negotiate a budget compromise, we look in our Vault to 2009 when the president headed to the Hill only a week after his inauguration.  With the Senate and House both controlled by Democrats, the president met with Republicans to garner bipartisan support for the $787 billion economic stimulus package.  The House passed the bill without any Republican support the next day.  On our January 30, 2009 show, Alexis Simendinger and John Dickerson talked about the effort at bipartisanship.

Florida Governor's Embrace of Medicaid Money Undercuts GOP Attacks on 'Obamacare'

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Bashing “Obamacare” just isn’t what it used to be.

Just over two years ago, the rallying cry against President Obama’s health care overhaul unified Republicans and hoisted the party to historic electoral gains in state capitals and in Washington.