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Biggest Surprises of 2015 & Star Wars Storm Troopers Invade the White House

December 18, 2015
Donald Trump, energy accomplishments and a functioning government. Plus, Star Wars mania.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What did GOP candidates get wrong in debate on national security?

December 16, 2015
At the debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Republican presidential candidates competed to prove who would be best prepared as commander in chief to keep the country safe. Angie Holan of PolitiFact joins Gwen Ifill to examine some of the claims made by the candidates on vetting Syrian refugees and boosting border security.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What the Fed’s interest rate hike means for your wallet

December 16, 2015
The Federal Reserve is doing something it hasn't done since 2006: raising interest rates. The long-awaited announcement by Fed chair Janet Yellen hikes a key short-term rate from near zero. For a closer look at how the Fed made its decision, Gwen Ifill talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution and Tara Siegel Bernard of The New York Times.
Backstory

Ash Carter: First Year as Pentagon Chief

December 17, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been serving for less than a year, but he has instituted two major changes at the Pentagon: allowing women to serve in combat and adopting anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and lesbian troops. Gwen Ifill spoke to POLITICO's Michael Crowley who describes Carter as a "creature of the Pentagon" -- someone familiar with building and how to get things done.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What’s behind the Ted Cruz surge?

December 14, 2015
Recent polls show Sen. Ted Cruz gaining ground in the Republican presidential race, while Ben Carson is slipping. Gwen Ifill speaks to Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Cruz’s surge and what to watch for in the upcoming GOP debate Tuesday night.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Baltimore braces as Freddie Gray jury wrestles with a deadlock

December 15, 2015
The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter.
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Obama defends ISIS strategy

December 14, 2015
President Obama defended his administration's strategy to fight ISIS in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room after a meeting of his National Security Council. "As we squeeze it's heart, we'll make it harder for ISIL to pump it's terror and propaganda to the rest of the world," Obama said.

Widespread Backlash to Donald Trump's Proposed Muslim Ban

December 11, 2015
Donald Trump grabs the headlines with a proposed ban on Muslim visitors as the Republican Party figures out how to respond.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

House report questions legality of Bowe Bergdahl transfer

December 10, 2015
Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have released a new report on the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for releasing five Taliban inmates at Guantanamo Bay. To discuss the findings, Gwen Ifill talks to Rep. Vicky Hartzler, chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Loretta Sanchez, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.