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Yellen cautions against being overly-optimistic before raising interest rates

July 16, 2014
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen told a Senate hearing Tuesday that the Fed remains on course to end a stimulus program of monthly bond purchases in October.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Is Germany overreacting to allegations of U.S. espionage?

July 11, 2014
Germany announced today that it is kicking America’s top spy out of the country after new reports of U.S. espionage. For debate on the expulsion request, Gwen Ifill talks to Mark Lowenthal, former Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and Annette Heuser of the Bertelsmann Foundation.
Webcast Extra

Webcast Extra: Gun control, the Highway Trust Fund, and ISIS updates

July 11, 2014
On this week’s Webcast Extra, The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe explains the firearm debates on the Hill; Fawn Johnson of the National Journal warns of the depleting Highway Trust Fund, and more.

Immigration Crisis, Middle East Tensions, U.S.-Germany Spying

July 11, 2014
President Obama proposed a $3.7 billion plan to address the surge of illegal immigrants, the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, and Germany's decision to expel a CIA station chief in Berlin in response to more cases of U.S.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Crisis centered on children affects tone of immigration debate on Capitol Hill

July 10, 2014
The immigration debate flared back to life on Capitol Hill a day after President Obama requested $3.7 billion to cope with the flood of children at the southern U.S. border. For a closer look at the politics and rhetoric driving the debate, Gwen Ifill turns to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico and Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway.
From the Vault

President Bush pushes for immigration reform

Air Date: 
May 19, 2006
Comprehensive immigration reform was a key issue for President George W. Bush during his second term. On May 15, 2006 President Bush laid out his vision for the country's immigration law during a primetime address to the nation. Gwen Ifill explored the debate over comprehensive immigration reform, the ethnic tensions surrounding the issue and the pushback the president faced from some fellow Republicans with Gebe Martinez of the Houston Chronicle and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

White House proposal to stem flow of migrant children aims to tackle root causes

July 8, 2014
President Obama is requesting $3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border of the U.S. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Muñoz of the White House Domestic Policy Council about the goals of the proposal will slow the flow of migrants and the challenge of providing judicial representation for these children.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Chicago grapples with how to curb gun violence after deadly weekend

July 8, 2014
In Chicago, about a dozen people were killed and up to 80 people were in injured in shootings during the city's most violent weekend of the year thus far. The city has made some progress in reducing the number of murders, but it’s still struggling to control gun violence. Gwen Ifill learns more from Paris Schutz of WTTW.
From the Vault

The Supreme Court rules on abortion

Air Date: 
July 3, 1989
The Supreme Court closed out its term with two decisions on reproductive health -- striking down a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law and saying closely held for-profit companies do not have to provide contraception coverage to female employees because of the religious beliefs of the owner. This isn't the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the abortion rights/anti-abortion debate. Twenty-five years ago, the justices upheld a Missouri law that restricted state funding and facilities used for abortions. On a Headline Edition of Washington Week, the panelists discussed the Court's ruling less than two decades after Roe v. Wade.