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December 27, 2013

Weekly Show

We take pause for the holidays to look back at the big stories of 2013 from the start of Obama's second term and the continued partisan deadlock in Washington to attempts by the GOP to reorganize after the elections of 2012. Gwen talks with 16 regular Washington Week panelists to get their perspective and analysis on the stories that shaped 2013.

October 25, 2013

Weekly Show

We analyze the continuing problems with the HealthCare.gov website; Republicans are in a “recovery” mode to reunite the party and rebuild the brand; and growing tensions over the U.S. surveillance of foreign leaders. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press; Peter Baker, The New York Times; Beth Reinhard, National Journal. 

Despite setback, GOP has impressive budgetary wins

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Democrats who gloat over Republicans' bad week in Congress might pause to recall that conservatives still own major victories from past budget showdowns. And these wins may again thwart Democrats' hopes of changing tax-and-spend policies in two-party talks beginning anew in the Capitol.

Government shutdown: Plenty of lessons to go around

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Obama and the Democrats won; Republicans and the tea party lost. And both sides are gearing up for next time. Now that our recent brush with financial crisis is behind us, it's time to start planning for the next one.

Americans Felt Betrayed by the Shutdown

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Could Americans really get any angrier at Washington? Even before the recent government shutdown, congressional approval hovered around 10 percent, a minority thought the country was on the right track, and a “throw the bums out” mentality was rampant. Railing against the toxic mess in D.C. has been a winning strategy for politicians from Barack Obama on down for years now.

October 18, 2013

Weekly Show

President Barack Obama signed a law to end the government shutdown and extend the U.S. debt limit into 2014. We examine the real cost of the shutdown and what it will take to overcome Washington dysfunction to reach a budget deal. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News. 

February 8, 2013

Weekly Show

The Obama administration justifies the use of drones for targeted killings. Also, we examine the internal battles between establishment conservatives and the Tea Party, and Obama’s use of the bully pulpit against Congress. Plus, the Department of Justice S&P lawsuit. Joining Gwen: Carrie Johnson, NPR; Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; Pete Williams, NBC News.

 

How Republicans Learned to Love the Mainstream Media

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If you’re going to declare war on the tea party, The New York Times is a good place to start.

By laying out plans to protect Senate Republicans and other seasoned candidates from tea-party insurgents on the front page of the Sunday paper, the American Crossroads super PAC effectively alerted the donor class to its new venture, called the Conservative Victory Project.

January 04, 2013

Weekly Show

We ring in 2013 with analysis of the last-minute bipartisan deal that averted a financial crisis and examine future battles between the White House and Congress over spending cuts and the deficit.  Plus, will the partisan divide remain entrenched with the incoming 113th Congress? Joining Gwen: Susan Davis, USA Today; Peter Baker, New York Times; Eamon Javers, CNBC; and Michael Viqueira, NBC News.

 

ANALYSIS: Senate's First African American Republican Tea Party Member?

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The announcement that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) was resigning at the beginning of 2013, gave political junkies - and plenty of SC politicians - an unexpected early Christmas gift.