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PBS NewsHour: Labor Union Election Sheds Light on Embattled Future

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As local governments roll back employee pensions and benefits, the nation's largest public labor union is preparing for an internal leadership battle that could shape its external mission. Gwen Ifill analyzes the stakes with Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times and Alec MacGillis of the New Republic.

Scott Walker, the Motorcycle Daredevil of the GOP

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Scott Walker was proven right. In sporting terms, the man who will remain Wisconsin's governor literally bet his house on the premise that his sweeping antiunion measures would survive--and he along with them. He was willing to sunder his state, subject its residents to almost ceaseless turmoil, and force opposing sides to spend millions of dollars in combat to see his gamble through.

June 8, 2012

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What do the results from the recall election in Wisconsin mean for the 2012 Presidential election? The Obama and Romney campaigns ramp up fundraising efforts. Also, a look at how Obama has accelerated drone attacks against terrorist targets and related intelligence leaks. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; David Sanger, New York Times.

 

Election 2012: All the Bright and Shiny Objects

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I have become an excellent tea-leaf reader this spring. As I watch college graduates cross the stage on commencement day -- teetering in new heels, arms outstretched to grasp their hard-earned diplomas -- I study the terror in their eyes.

And as I watch two party nominees stride onto their stages -- theme songs blaring, and huge American flags hung behind them -- I study the ambition in their eyes.

Battleground Wisconsin

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As Wisconsin voters get ready to vote in the recall election of Republican Governor Scott Walker, a look back at how the issue of collective bargaining for public workers sparked outrage in the state. Those embers ignited a divisive electorate 16-months later. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Major Garrett, National Journal; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News.

Recall Battle in Wisconsin May Snarl Obama Camp

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President Obama holds multiple paths to re-election, with a handful of battleground states being able to slip away without leading to his defeat. But each possible outcome on his campaign map has always shared a common trait: winning Wisconsin.

Voice of the Voters: Wisconsin Youth

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As the nation focuses on the republican presidential primary in Wisconsin tomorrow, and as Republican Governor Scott Walker’s recall election heats up, University of Wisconsin students discuss whether political advertisements have an impact on voters, especially younger voters. Are the Presidential hopefuls’ messages getting through? Kate Chappell of the University of Wisconsin – Madison reports.

Meaning What You Say

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It’s a familiar cycle. Voters say they want new faces and fresh thinking in Washington. But once the newcomers arrive in the nation’s capital, they discover themselves consigned to back benches and basement offices.

Reality soon sets in. It’s harder than it seems to get things done.

But in both the House and the Senate this year, first-termers are making their presence felt on deficit spending, defense budgets, anti-terror laws -- and even Big Bird.