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The Rollout of Medicare Part D

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January 20, 2006
Just weeks after the open enrollment period began for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is facing criticism for a series of "glitches" in the system. Problems have rocked the healthcare.gov website, making it difficult for many Americans to select an insurance plan. In January of 2006, the government's prescription drug program, Medicare Part D, also opened to less than stellar reviews. Older Americans struggled to navigate the website and faced problems getting new insurance ID cards.
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2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

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July 29, 2011
As the government shutdown continues, the next fiscal crisis is already on the horizon. The Treasury says the U.S. will default on its loans on Oct. 17 unless Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling, but House Republicans will not allow the debt ceiling to be raised without some concessions. During last fight to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, a deal was reached just 2 days before U.S. borrowing authority lapsed. The deal included significant cuts in spending, but the cantankerous debate resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. Gwen Ifill discussed the debate with Jeanne Cummings, Major Garrett, Karen Tumulty, and David Wessel.
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1998 Embassy Bombings

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August 7, 1998
U.S. special forces captured suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi during a raid in Libya this weekend. Al-Libi is expected to be tried in court for his role in the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. We look back in our Vault to August 7, 1998, the day of the bombings, when Robin Wright of The Los Angeles Times discussed the early investigation into the attacks.
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Government Shutdown of 1995

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November 17, 1995
Four days into the government shutdown of 1995, the focus was on how to resolve the stalemate and where the political blame would be laid…on President Bill Clinton, or new House GOP Leader Newt Gingrich. The arguments sound familiar; the deficit and balancing the budget.
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The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

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June 27, 2003
Ten years ago the Supreme Court struck down the points system for University of Michigan undergraduate admissions, but upheld consideration of race in admitting Michigan Law School students. This month, the Supreme Court is set to rule in a case that challenges the University of Texas' use of race in its admissions criteria. On June 27, 2003 Washington Week discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that declares race can be a factor in college admissions and how now retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the key swing vote.
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NSA Domestic Surveillance

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May 12, 2006
With recent revelations about the National Security Agency's expansive data-collection efforts, we look in our vault to May 12, 2006, when our panelists discussed the fallout over a secret NSA program that tracked and saved a database of millions of phone calls during the Bush administration. The discussion – seven year ago—highlights an historic debate over how far the government should go in surveillance of Americans.
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Oklahoma City Bombing

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April 21, 1995
While the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon continues, we look in our vault to April 21, 1995 when our panelists discussed the domestic terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The attack – 18 years ago this week – by Timothy McVeigh and his co-conspirators claimed 168 lives and remained the deadliest terror attack on American soil until September 11.
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President Obama visits Capitol Hill

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January 30, 2009
As President Obama travels to Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans and Democrats to negotiate a budget compromise, we look in our Vault to 2009 when the president headed to the Hill only a week after his inauguration. With the Senate and House both controlled by Democrats, the president met with Republicans to garner bipartisan support for the $787 billion economic stimulus package. The House passed the bill without any Republican support the next day. On our January 30, 2009 show, Alexis Simendinger and John Dickerson talked about the effort at bipartisanship.
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Bush’s Immigration Defeat

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June 29, 2007
This week President Obama praised a bipartisan immigration plan that would address the issue of 11 million undocumented immigrants. Six years ago, President George W. Bush's 2007 attempt at an immigration bill collapsed in the U.S. Senate, exposing a deep lack of support among Bush's own Republicans. We take a look back to our June 29, 2007 show, where Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Time explains why Bush’s immigration reform efforts failed.