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Impatience with Washington drove off-year electorate

November 7, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner said that his job is to listen to the priorities of the American people. The GOP leadership outlined their new agenda, including authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline and revising the Affordable Care Act. Gwen Ifill talks to David Winston of the Winston Group and Frederick Yang of Hart Research Associates about the numbers and motivations behind who voted in 2014.
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RNC chair: We won’t advance Obama’s agenda, but we’ll seek common ground

November 6, 2014
The Republican party picked up Senate seats and other wins from coast to coast in the midterm election. Gwen Ifill sits down with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, to discuss the outcome and what the GOP hopes to do with its new leverage.
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What the election means for the future of immigration reform

November 5, 2014
One of the major national policy issues that lost political momentum going into the 2014 election is immigration reform. What’s next for reform if Republicans take the Senate? Did the stalemate demobilize voters? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream and Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland.
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Will focusing on the president pay off for Republicans?

November 4, 2014
In some midterm Senate races, Republicans have tried to leverage negative public opinion of the president against their Democratic challengers. Stuart Rothenberg of The Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the strategies behind some of the tight races and what to watch on Election Night.
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Why aren’t voters embracing the economic upswing?

October 31, 2014
The U.S. economy appears to be on the upswing, consumer confidence and growth are up and the jobless rate is down. But polls show that voters’ feelings about the economy lag behind the signs of improvement. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour political director Domenico Montanaro about some of the races that will most affected by the economy.
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Why Obama has stuck to fundraising and friendly territory ahead of midterms

October 30, 2014
Lame-duck presidents don’t usually fare well at midterm elections. President Obama has mostly stayed away from the campaign trail, but with less than a week until Election Day, he’s joined the final push in states he’s won twice. Dan Balz of The Washington Post and presidential historian Michael Beschloss join Gwen Ifill to discuss the influence of presidents nearing the end of their tenure.
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N.C. voters consider clashing messages in high-stakes Senate race

October 29, 2014
In politically divided North Carolina, Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan is defending her seat against challenger Thom Tillis, the Republican speaker of the N.C. House. Gwen Ifill reports on the finger-pointing, the hostile TV ads, the new voter ID laws and other factors that could play a role in determining this very tight race.
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Why did no one flag UNC’s bogus classes?

October 24, 2014
For more than 18 years, thousands of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took credit courses that never met as a class with a professor; a disproportionate number of the students in those classes were athletes. Gwen Ifill talks to former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein about the investigation that unearthed the fraud and why it lasted so long.
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Rare shooting in Ottawa prompts questions about shooter

October 23, 2014
The shooting in Ottawa has prompted questions about the suspected shooter, his motives and possible connections to past attacks or multiple shooters. Gwen Ifill speaks with Campbell Clark of The Globe and Mail, for a report from Canada’s capital.