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Brooks and Dionne on Obama’s immigration plan and what’s next

November 21, 2014
President Obama addressed the nation Thursday night to announce his plan to change the nation's immigration system through executive action. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff get reaction from New York Times columnist David Brooks, who argues the president is tackling the problem in the wrong way, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who says there is nothing unconstitutional about these actions.
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Obama’s immigration plan has Republicans ready for funding fight

November 21, 2014
After President Obama’s address to the nation on immigration, the GOP is gearing up to push back against the plan, said Washington Post reporter Robert Costa in a conversation with Gwen Ifill. While Democrats were excited by the potential for connecting with Hispanic voters in 2016, Costa predicted that Republicans could retaliate by refusing to approve government funding, set to expire Dec. 11.
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New attention and consequences for rape allegations against Bill Cosby

November 20, 2014
NBC scrapped development of a new Bill Cosby show, Netflix postponed the release of a new comedy special and TV land canceled his reruns in light of new and renewed accusations by five women that the comedian sexually assaulted them. Sharon Waxman of The Wrap joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the allegations and the power of social media in driving this media firestorm.
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As bill to rein in phone data collection fails, what’s next for NSA reform?

November 20, 2014
A bill to limit the National Security Agency's domestic metadata collection effectively died on the Senate floor. The USA Freedom Act would have forced the NSA to get court orders for specific data from telecom companies. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the lead sponsor of the legislation.
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Debating the implications of Obama acts on immigration

November 20, 2014
President Obama will give a prime-time address to announce his plan to shield up to 5 million immigrants from deportation, setting up a potential confrontation with the Republican-led Congress over immigration reform and executive authority. Gwen Ifill gets debate on the president’s action from Frank Sharry of America's Voice and Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law.
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Ferguson braces for grand jury ruling

November 19, 2014
As Ferguson, Missouri, awaits a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who shot teenager Michael Brown in August, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and instituted a council of local leaders and law enforcement to address tensions. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Danielle Belton of Clutch Magazine Online and Susan McGraugh of Saint Louis University.
Gwen Ifill interviews Sen. John McCain
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McCain offers portrait of America at war through the lives of its heroes

November 18, 2014
One of the most famous veterans in the U.S. shares stories of largely unknown American heroes from each of the nation’s armed conflicts in “Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of America at War.” Gwen Ifill sits down with author Sen. John McCain, who wrote the book with his longtime collaborator Mark Salter, to discuss the book and the incoming Congress.
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Should the U.S. change its Islamic State strategy in Syria?

November 14, 2014
For a deeper look at the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the regional challenges of implementing that strategy, Gwen Ifill talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies.
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Supreme Court considers line between racial and partisan gerrymandering

November 13, 2014
After the 2010 census, the Republican-led Alabama legislature redrew state legislative districts. But their plan was challenged for being a racial gerrymander and violating voting rights. To examine the case's move to the Supreme Court, Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill.