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Opposition to Boehner as Speaker

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January 4, 2013
As the 114th Congress is sworn in and John Boehner runs for a third term as speaker, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to the beginning of the last Congress. Fresh off an eleventh-hour vote to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Speaker Boehner faced his first opposition to reelection -- receiving only three votes more than the necessary 217. Twelve Republicans broke ranks to cast their votes for another candidate or no one at all. This year, Speaker Boehner is once again expected to lose some Republican votes, but with a larger margin in the House, he can lose nearly 30 GOP votes and still be reelected speaker.

Shifting Political Landscape in 2015

January 2, 2015
With a Republican-controlled Congress, what's in store for Obama's final 2 years?
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What 2014 global conflicts and challenges will carry over into the new year?

January 1, 2015
In 2014, ISIS, Boko Haram and Crimea became household names and Ebola re-entered the scene as a medical crisis. Gwen Ifill speaks with Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News, David Ignatius of the Washington Post and David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee about this past year’s biggest global challenges, and what conflicts to expect in the coming year.
Web Clip

Mario Cuomo: Breaking Through

January 2, 2015
In this excerpt from the upcoming PBS series "The Italian Americans," premiering February, we note the passing of Mario Cuomo, who was a proud Italian American who embodied the larger story of America.
Webcast Extra

North Korean Sanctions, Freshmen Members of Congress to Watch, and Remembering Mario Cuomo

January 2, 2015
Sending a message to Kim Jong Un, no charges for John Hinckley and looking back at Mario Cuomo's life.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Outgoing Rep. Miller on partnering with Republicans and serving Americans

December 30, 2014
Rep. George Miller arrived in Washington in 1974, in the aftermath of Watergate, ready to change Congress. Now he is retiring after nearly four decades in the House of Representatives. Gwen Ifill asks the Democratic congressman if he accomplished what he hoped to during his years as a lawmaker and what he expects to see from his colleagues after he leaves.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Was weather to blame for AirAsia disappearance?

December 30, 2014
Gwen Ifill interviews The Wall Street Journal’s Guarav Raghuvanshi from Singapore about the missing AirAsia jetliner, how monsoon season may factor into the disappearance and if there are similarities to Malaysia Airlines 370.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

How a viral fundraiser earned a cool $220 million for ALS

December 30, 2014
This year, a challenge to Facebook users to douse themselves in ice water became an internet craze, raising millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Frates, the mother of the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, about the impetus for the viral fundraising campaign and how it has advanced awareness and research of the disease.
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Changing Demographics of Congress

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November 6, 1992
When the new Congress is sworn in next week, for the first time ever it will start the session with more than 100 women. While this is a milestone, the number is only a slight increase from the last Congress. We look back in the Washington Week Vault to post-election 1992 and the demographics of the incoming 103rd Congress. During the so-called "Year of the Woman," Congress saw the largest year-over-year increase in women members ever. The Senate tripled the number of women from two to six. Carol Moseley Braun became the first black woman elected to the Senate, and California became the first state to be represented by two female Senators. The same election saw 19 new Hispanics and African Americans elected. As U.S. News and World Report's Gloria Borger said on Washington Week, Congress had "finally adjusted itself to the demographic realities of our world."