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July 26, 2013

Weekly Show

Obama pledged to focus on the economy and helping working-class Americans, the Justice Department's strategy to challenge discriminatory voting laws, the latest on Edward Snowden, and Anthony Weiner's choice to stay in the New York City mayoral race. Joining NBC News’ Pete Williams: John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times; Carrie Johnson, NPR; Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Molly Ball, The Atlantic.

July 12, 2013

Weekly Show

The Obama administration's attempt to navigate a diplomatic tightrope in Egypt, efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the House, growing restrictive state abortion laws, and redemption after political sex scandals. Joining Gwen: Alan Gomez, USA Today; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Peter Baker, New York Times; and Beth Reinhard, National Journal.

In the Webcast Extra, our panelists discuss what Rick Perry and Janet Napolitano’s resignations mean and why they left, give us an update on the Snowden affair and discuss the scandal-ridden Virginia gubernatorial race

From the Vault: The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

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Ten years ago the Supreme Court struck down the points system for University of Michigan undergraduate admissions, but upheld consideration of race in admitting Michigan Law School students. This month, the Supreme Court is set to rule in a case that challenges the University of Texas' use of race in its admissions criteria. On June 27, 2003 Washington Week discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that declares race can be a factor in college admissions and how now retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the key swing vote.

PBS NewsHour: Julian Castro on his DNC Keynote Speech, Texas 'Turning Blue'

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Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro -- the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday -- stopped by the NewsHour skybox Wednesday evening to talk with Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. "If you are looking for the bigger tent party across a whole host of issues, that's the Democratic party," he said.

August 3, 2012

Weekly Show

Mitt Romney and President Obama rally undecided voters in battleground states. The Tea Party scores a big victory in Texas runoff with Senate nominee Ted Cruz. Plus, the July jobs report and Congress leaves key legislation unfinished at start of summer recess. Joining Gwen: Amy Walter, ABC News; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; Susan Davis, USA Today.

 

Ted Cruz's victory in Texas makes him a national GOP star

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WASHINGTON – Attorney Ted Cruz has never served in elected office and is little known outside of Texas, but overnight he has become the newest conservative political star after he handily defeated Lt. Gov David Dewhurst in Tuesday's Senate Republican runoff election.

Romney Clinches Nomination, Attacks Obama on Solyndra, but Trump Steals the Spotlight

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Mitt Romney and his allies opened a multi-pronged attack Tuesday on President Obama’s stewardship of taxpayer dollars, as Romney won the Texas primary and clinched the Republican presidential nomination. Romney garnered at least 88 delegates in the Texas primary, bringing his total past the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination, according to an Associated Press count.

2012: The Year Demographics Catches Up With Politics

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Christine Mastin, an immigration attorney whose Spanish-speaking grandmother emigrated from Chile to the United States, realizes that most of the Hispanics she knows are surprised she is a Republican.

Barack Obama won two-thirds of the Latino vote in 2008, and no Republican has come close to winning a majority in 40 years. But she is working Colorado for Mitt Romney.

And even though she ran for a state House seat in 2010 and lost, she is optimistic that the GOP will soon be able to crack the code.

Bush Dips a Toe Back Into Washington

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In the three years since he left office, former President George W. Bush has largely stayed out of the political arena. He has spent his time mapping out his library, making speeches, hosting injured veterans for Texas bicycle rides and making clear how glad he is to be out of the nation’s capital.

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The Big Straddle: Why Compromise Can Be Hazardous to One’s Political Health

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“There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”

Jim Hightower, a committed liberal and former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, liked to say this so much that he finally used it as a title for a book.

I was reminded of this tart assessment this week as I watched two skilled politicians attempt to negotiate a growing chasm opening under their feet. One of them, Indiana GOP Sen. Richard Lugar, slipped and fell. The other, President Obama, appeared to leap nimbly to the other side of the sinkhole just before it swallowed him up.