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Foreign policy fires up crowd at CPAC

February 26, 2015
More than a dozen Republicans considering presidential runs spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the country’s largest gathering of conservative activists. Fresh from the conference, political director Domenico Montanaro joins Gwen Ifill to take stock of this year’s CPAC.
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D.C. makes pot legal, with restrictions

February 26, 2015
The District of Columbia joined Colorado, Alaska and Washington state in legalizing recreational use and possession of marijuana. Federal law still outlaws the drug, however, putting the nation’s capital at the high-profile crossroads of both state and federal laws. Gwen Ifill talks to Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post to discuss the restrictions on the new law.
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Why Senate and House Republicans are split over a Homeland Security bill

February 25, 2015
With just days before the deadline to fund Homeland Security, it’s congressional Republicans who are divided over blocking President Obama’s immigration reform efforts and avoiding a shutdown. Political editor Lisa Desjardins joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the political battles at the Capitol.
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What President Obama’s veto means for Keystone’s future

February 24, 2015
A bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was the first order of business for the Republican-led Congress this year, and today that bill was vetoed by President Obama. Gwen Ifill gets two views from Jeremy Symons of the Environmental Defense Fund and Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute.
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As diversity increases, will U.S. be more or less politically divided?

February 24, 2015
The United States is rapidly transforming into a more diverse, more educated and older nation. Gwen Ifill talks to Karlyn Bowman of the American Enterprise Institute and Ruy Teixeira of the Center for American Progress about a special collaborative report that analyzes the implications of these changes and what they mean for American politics.
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The Notorious R.B.G.

February 25, 2015
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been making headlines lately by speaking out on decisions coming from the Supreme Court and even claiming she wasn't "100% sober" when she fell asleep during President Obama's State of the Union address. Ginsburg's outspoken nature is changing the mold of the traditional aloof justice, and the 81-year-old Clinton appointee has become something of an internet phenomenon spawning t-shirts, tattoos and blogs. The leader of the Court's liberal wing has also been dubbed by her supporters "The Notorious R.B.G." NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams talks to Gwen Ifill about the woman behind the justice, from her early days as a women's rights lawyer for the ACLU to over 20 years on the Supreme Court where she has fostered an unusual friendship with one of her more conservative colleagues, Antonin Scalia. Their shared love of opera has even inspired its own opera based on their legal opinions. Ginsburg, now 81, who has battled cancer in the past, has been pressured by some to step down to preserve her liberal legacy. As Ginsburg has made clear, The Notorious R.B.G. isn't going anywhere soon.
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Analyzing the impasse over Homeland Security, politics at the Oscars

February 23, 2015
Gwen Ifill speaks with Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report about Republican motives in the fight over funding the Department of Homeland Security, who to be on the lookout for at two upcoming conservative conferences, plus the politics behind the 2015 Academy Awards.
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A look at the challenges threatening the health of Obamacare

February 19, 2015
More than 11 million people have enrolled for health insurance in the second year of the new marketplaces, and more than 80 percent of enrollees have been eligible for subsidies. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether states can provide those subsidies sold through the federal exchange. Gwen Ifill speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Countering Violent Extremism as ISIS Threat Expands; Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Immigration Action; Jeb Bush Distinguishes Himself from Presidential Relatives

February 20, 2015
ISIS reaches Africa; Obama's executive action on immigration halted; Jeb Bush says he's his "own man"