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The Supreme Court Echo Chamber

January 16, 2015
A recent Reuters analysis of nearly 17,000 lawyers who have petitioned the Supreme Court with thousands of cases over the last 9 years found less than one-percent -- 66 lawyers -- have the highest success rate having their cases heard before the justices. Of that elite group of attorneys, 63 are white, 58 are men and nearly all have previously clerked for Supreme Court justices or worked in the Solicitor General's office. Reuters Legal Affairs Editor Joan Biskupic shares the Backstory of the Reuter’s investigation and what it means for the types of cases the Supreme Court decides to hear.
Webcast Extra

Renewed Relations with Cuba and Immigration & 2016

January 16, 2015
On the Webcast Extra, NPR’s Tom Gjelten details what the new Cuba regulations mean for the individual traveler. Robert Costa of The Washington Post explains how the GOP is using immigration as a strategy for 2016 and what to watch with potential Democratic candidates. Joan Biskupic of Reuters delves deeper into the Supreme Court and same-sex marriage -- focusing on one family at the heart of the Supreme Court's case.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

2016 presidential hopefuls aim to prove their worth in campaign warm up

January 14, 2015
From launching book tours to hiring staff to meeting with top donors, several potential presidential candidates have started taking steps in the long race to the White House. Gwen Ifill looks at the campaign landscape with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Why Boko Haram’s reign of terror has been tough to track

January 13, 2015
In early January, Boko Haram militants attacked the remote northern Nigerian town of Baga, but it was days before reports of the massacre got out, with estimated death tolls ranging from 150 to 2,000. Gwen Ifill speaks with Nii Akuetteh of the African Immigrant Caucus about disturbing reports about young girls being used as bombers and how recent violence will affect Nigeria’s upcoming elections.
From the Vault

Romney's 2nd Run for the White House

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June 3, 2011
As the jockeying for the 2016 presidential primary begins, all signs point to a third run for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor first ran in 2008 but lost the Republican nomination to Sen. John McCain. Romney is promising GOP donors he'll run a different campaign this time against likely Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and others. But is the third time really the charm? We look back in the Washington Week Vault to June 2011, the beginning of Romney's second run for president. As The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny said then, "He’s taking a completely different approach or sort of a different approach in this second time around." What lessons will Romney take from his two previous campaigns as he considers yet another run?
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

How automakers and car buyers are responding to low gas prices

January 12, 2015
Since last year’s Detroit Auto Show, gas prices have dropped by nearly a third. With the new lower prices, demand has gone up for big new SUVs and sedans, but automakers have also switched gears to develop more fuel-efficient cars. Gwen Ifill speaks with John Stoll of The Wall Street Journal about the tension between the two trends and convincing car buyers to think long-term.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

French Jewish community ‘shocked but not surprised’ by attacks on kosher market

January 12, 2015
Even before last week's attack in Paris, attacks on the Jewish community in France have been on the rise, prompting many to flee the country. Gwen Ifill talks to the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg about the growing threats facing Jews in France.

Paris Attacks & Global Terror Threats and the Republican-Controlled Congress

January 9, 2015
The latest on the investigation into the shooting at Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Amid great sadness and tension in France, calls for unity

January 8, 2015
The city of Paris is still on edge as police search for two men wanted in the attack on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Gwen Ifill speaks with Mark Austin of Independent Television News about the scale of the manhunt and how Muslim leaders are responding the day after the shooting.