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Using AirAsia Flight 8501’s mistakes to prevent future crashes

January 29, 2015
The black box from AirAsia Flight 8501 provided some answers about what caused the crash, but also opened up questions about automation and why mistakes from past accidents haven’t been corrected. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Gwen Ifill to discuss eerie similarities between AirAsia’s flight and past crashes and why the still-missing Malaysia Airlines flight was declared an accident.
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Is 2016 Ready for Hillary?, The Fight Against ISIS and Souring U.S. Relationship with Netanyahu

January 30, 2015
Hillary Clinton preps for 2016, and the U.S. fights ISIS as the group expands its reach.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

How the Koch brothers turned into political power brokers

January 28, 2015
Potential presidential candidates for 2016 have started to court donors -- and vice versa. Charles and David Koch, influential libertarian billionaires, plan to spend nearly a billion dollars in the next election cycle. Matea Gold of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to discuss their sway over American politics.
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Fighting to Repeal Obamacare

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January 21, 2011
In the nearly five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has voted over 50 times to repeal or defund all or part of the law.
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Janet Reno: The First Female Attorney General

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March 12, 1993
Confirmation hearings began Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. If confirmed, Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, would be the first African American woman to hold the post of top law enforcement officer.
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Why Yemen’s political implosion is dangerous for the U.S.

January 22, 2015
Yemen's government collapsed Thursday as the U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and cabinet stepped down, allowing Shiite rebels to effectively take over the capital. Gwen Ifill talks to Gregory Johnsen, author of "The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia" about the roots of the “slow-motion” collapse and what it means for Western counterterrorism efforts.
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Obama's YouTube Moment, Harry Reid's Return and Upheaval in Ukraine

January 23, 2015
On the Webcast Extra, Alexis Simendinger reports on President Obama's round of interviews with YouTube personalities and the administration's digital approach to get the State of the Union message out. While the viewership of the speech itself was down, the White House hopes to further their reach. But as Simendinger says, engagement is not necessarily persuasion. Plus, Harry Reid returned to the Capitol this week after an exercising accident left him with and injured eye and ribs. Which Democratic senators have been filling in? And what are their long-term goals? And in Ukraine this week, the ceasefire appears to be crumbling.

The State of the Union Impact at Home & Abroad and Potential 2016 Republican Candidates Head to Iowa

January 23, 2015
President Obama's State of the Union was met with pushback from the Republican-controlled Congress, but where is there room for compromise on the president's 2015 legislative agenda? Alexis Simendinger and Ed O'Keefe report on the president's proposals for community college and trade as well as the Republican opposition. It was also a busy week abroad, with diplomatic talks in Cuba, upheaval in Yemen and potential Iran sanctions. Michael Crowley reports on how President Obama is firing back at critics of his foreign policy. And the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are converging in Iowa for the Freedom Summit this weekend. John Dickerson is on the ground to preview the first cattle call for the increasing field of GOP candidates.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Facing resistance from Capitol Hill, U.S. opens Cuba talks

January 21, 2015
The United States and Cuba have commenced talks aimed at normalizing long-strained relations, but support for this turning point is not universal. Gwen Ifill talks to Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News from Havana about opposition from Capitol Hill and the long process of reestablishing the relationship after 53 years.