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Can Rubio and Cruz disrupt Trump’s momentum?

February 29, 2016
Gwen Ifill joins Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR to discuss the latest in politics, including growing Republican concerns over Donald Trump’s ascendancy, Sen. Marco Rubio's and Sen. Ted Cruz’s strategies for Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ renewed criticism of Trump’s rhetoric and the grim future facing the GOP.
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Candidates scramble for support before Super Tuesday

February 24, 2016
Following Donald Trump’s solid victory in the Nevada caucuses, political director Lisa Desjardins reports on a race that has become a scattershot scramble for votes across dozens of states prior to Super Tuesday. Gwen Ifill consults Andy Shain of South Carolina’s The State and Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune for more on the tooth-and-nail struggle for support in those states.
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How did today’s government become so divided?

February 24, 2016
Separation of powers is a core component of American democracy, but political divisions rose to new heights this year as Congressional Republicans clashed with the Obama administration on everything from budget blueprints to Supreme Court nominations. Gwen Ifill talks to E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller for a closer look at today’s caustic political landscape.
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Inside Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center

February 23, 2016
President Obama announced plans Tuesday to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, asserting that its existence undermines national security. The proposal -- which would send the facility’s remaining 91 detainees to domestic U.S. sites -- would fulfill the president’s 2008 promise to close the prison, but Congressional Republicans have been vocal in their opposition.
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How do lawmakers feel about the plan to close Guantanamo?

February 23, 2016
Following President Obama’s announcement that he will fulfill his longstanding promise to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Capitol Hill lawmakers have been torn between support and opposition. Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for their perspectives on the proposed shutdown and what it could mean for the detainees.
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How did South Carolina and Nevada change the 2016 race?

February 22, 2016
With one more contest down and one less contender in the 2016 race, Donald Trump celebrated his solid victory in South Carolina as the remaining GOP hopefuls prepared for new battlegrounds.
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Supreme Court pays tribute to Antonin Scalia

February 22, 2016
The Supreme Court returned to the bench Monday for the first time since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Chief Justice John Roberts paid tribute to the eloquent and often confrontational jurist, describing him as “our man for all seasons.” Gwen Ifill sits down with Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal to discuss the atmosphere of the Court and the debate over Scalia’s successor.
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Judge’s order to Apple over attacker phone encryption unlocks privacy concerns

February 18, 2016
Since the San Bernardino attack, the FBI has been trying to read the contents of a cell phone used by attacker Syed Farook, made impossible by encryption. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook is rejecting a federal court order to create software to unlock the device. Gwen Ifill talks to Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Will shoppers on food stamps pick up fresher foods?

February 17, 2016
The U.S. government wants to steer the 46 million Americans who receive food stamps toward healthier food choices. The USDA plans to require retailers that accept those benefits to stock more fresh foods. But would healthier options change behavior? Gwen Ifill talks to Yael Lehmann, executive director of the Food Trust.