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February 21, 2014

Weekly Show

Ukraine violence tests U.S.-Russia relations, CBO report on minimum wage, political action money during election season and Mitch McConnell's bid for re-election as part of the 2014 races to watch. Joining Gwen: David Sanger, The New York Times; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Greg Ip, Economist.  

PBS NewsHour: In War of Words, Presidential Campaign Charges Include 'Hatred' and 'Unhinged'

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The campaign rhetoric being used by the presidential candidates is charged, tough, and no holds barred. Gwen Ifill talks to political strategist Mo Elleithee and Rick Tyler about why campaigns think negative campaign ads work, especially with the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour news cycle.

Obama, Romney campaigns run provocative ads to draw attention in crowded media landscape

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The anti-Romney ad released this week by Priorities USA has been widely skewered as over-the-top and irresponsible, condemned for insinuating that Mitt Romney is to blame for the death of a woman whose husband lost his job and health insurance after Bain Capital bought his steel mill.

Revenge of the 'super PACs'

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Chalk up another win for the law of unintended consequences. When federal courts ruled in 2010 against restricting donations to political action committees, Republican strategists rejoiced. Here, they thought, was a way for the GOP's deep-pocketed donors to gain an advantage over President Obama's fundraising machine. But look what happened. "Super PACs," as the newly empowered political action committees are known, have mutated like election-year Godzillas, wreaking havoc in an increasingly bloody Republican primary campaign.

Obama Campaign Fears Being Sharply Outspent by GOP Super PACs

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The Obama campaign, which shattered all records for political fundraising in 2008, has concluded that it could be dramatically outspent this year by the GOP nominee and allied conservative groups, which are able to tap a deep well of money unavailable in previous contests, according to senior aides and advisers.
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PBS NewsHour: How Big Money Super PACs are Reshaping the GOP Race

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In the wake of a Supreme Court decision lifting restrictions on some campaign contributions, super PACs have spent $26 million this election cycle. Gwen Ifill discusses big money's impact on the political landscape with John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity and Robert Kelner of the Covington & Burling law firm.