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The Confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts

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September 16, 2005
Following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist ten years ago, President George W. Bush nominated D.C. Circuit judge John Roberts to become the 17th chief justice of the United States. In his 10 years as chief, Roberts has overseen a Supreme Court that has expanded the role of money in politics, twice upheld President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act and expanded marriage access to same-sex couples
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Hillary Clinton Declares "Women's Rights are Human Rights"

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September 8, 1995
As Hillary Clinton continues her campaign to be the first female president of the United States, we look back at her speech as First Lady to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 20 years ago. "If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all," Clinton declared in September 1995.
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Hurricane Katrina's Devastating Impact

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September 2, 2005
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf coast. Nearly 2000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands more were left homeless by the costliest natural disaster in history.
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Courting Voters at the Iowa State Fair

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August 12, 2011
Four years ago, Gwen Ifill talked to Dan Balz from the State Fair about the impact of Iowa on the Republican presidential field.
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Impact of Early Presidential Debates

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June 17, 2011
As the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election season approaches, we take a look back in the Washington Week Vault to an early debate in 2011.
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Remembering Washington Week Moderator Paul Duke, 10 Years Later

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July 22, 2005
In July 2005, long-time Washington Week moderator Paul Duke died at the age of 78.
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Gay Rights at the Supreme Court in 1996

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May 24, 1996
With the Supreme Court ruling expanding marriage recognition to same-sex couples in all 50 states, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to another opinion written by Justice Kennedy nearly 20 years ago that began a string of gay rights cases at the Supreme Court.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act in 2013

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June 25, 2015
As the Supreme Court rules to expand the recognition of same-sex marriage to all 50 states, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to the last major decision on the issue by the justices, exactly two years earlier. In the 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, was unconstitutional, effectively giving federal legal recognition to same-sex marriages.
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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare in 2012

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June 29, 2012
The Supreme Court once again rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that contended only people who sign up for insurance on state exchanges are eligible for the federal subsidies.