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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.
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Battleground Wisconsin

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February 25, 2011
As Wisconsin voters get ready to vote in the recall election of Republican Governor Scott Walker, a look back at how the issue of collective bargaining for public workers sparked outrage in the state. Those embers ignited a divisive electorate 16-months later. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Major Garrett, National Journal; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News.
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Wikileaks

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July 30, 2010
Britain's Supreme Court wants to deport Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face sex-crime allegations. Assange is also facing espionage charges in the U.S. for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents. The case against Assange from the Vault with Gwen Ifill, Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; and Martha Raddatz, ABC News.
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2008 Bank Bailout

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October 3, 2008
The 2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts have undoubtedly shaped the current economy and the politics leading to the 2012 Presidential election. How did the 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama approach these subjects in their campaigns? Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Charles Babington, Associated Press; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Jeanne Cummings, Politico.
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The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

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July 16, 2004
After President Obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage last week, it has increasingly become a topic in the 2012 presidential election. In 2004 Congress considered a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Time Magazine; Gebe Martinez, The Houston Chronicle, Anne Kornblut, The Boston Globe; Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post.