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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.
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Lewinski Scandal

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January 23, 1998
One year into Bill Clinton's 2nd term, news broke that the investigation of Independent Counsel Ken Starr had expanded to include whether the President had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and asked her to lie about it under oath.
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Bush's 2nd Inaugural

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January 21, 2005
As the country prepares for President Obama's second term, we look into our vault to January 21, 2005 when President George W. Bush had just been sworn into his second term and and our panelists examined his projected priorities and challenges.
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Clinton's 2nd Inaugural

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January 24, 1997
As the country prepares for President Obama's second term, we look into our vault to January 23, 1997 when President Bill Clinton had just been sworn into his second term, and our panelists examined his projected priorities and challenges.
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Deficit Deal Stalemate

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November 25, 2011
Newly re-elected, President Obama has to find a way to get a divided Congress to reach an agreement to prevent a fiscal crisis or risk pushing the country into recession. We look in the vault to November 2011 when the supercommittee failed to reach a budget deal affecting national politics and the economy.
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Washington Week - Minneapolis Edition

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August 29, 2008
As the eyes of the country turn to Tampa for the Republican National Convention, we take a look back to our August 2008 Minneapolis roadshow where presidential candidate John McCain picked running mate Sarah Palin just hours before. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; and Michele Norris, NPR.
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Washington Week - Tampa Bay Edition

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February 15, 2008
As we prepare for our Florida show on Friday, we take a glimpse back at how the issues discussed in our February 2008 Tampa Bay show are related to the 2012 election. Joining Gwen: James Barnes, National Journal; Gloria Borger, CNN and US News; Jeanne Cummings, Politico; and Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair.