December 2011

PBS NewsHour: Could U.S. 'Start Fresh' With North Korea's New Leader?

Mourners in North Korea said goodbye to Kim Jong-il Wednesday. The funeral procession, led by Kim's designated successor, signified the end of an era for an isolated nation. Gwen Ifill discusses how the leadership change could affect U.S. policy with Donald Gregg of The Korea Society and Georgetown University's Balbina Hwang.

PBS NewsHour: Could Arab League's Monitoring Efforts Help End Bloodshed in Syria?

Arab League peace monitors arrived Tuesday in Syria's embattled city of Homs, where up to 70,000 protesters turned out. Gwen Ifill discusses international efforts to end the country's bloodshed with Matt Bradley of The Wall Street Journal.

PBS NewsHour: Romney Focuses More on Iowa, Hoping to Become 'Unstoppable Force' in Primaries

In a flurry of bus touring, pheasant hunting and endorsement courting, GOP presidential candidates are honing and sharing their last-minute campaign messages before next week's Iowa Caucuses. Gwen Ifill discusses the race and year in politics with The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg and USA Today's Susan Page.

PBS NewsHour: New EPA Rules Target Power Plants' Toxic Mercury Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards Wednesday to curb mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants around the country. Gwen Ifill discusses the announcement with the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council's Scott Segal and the Natural Resources Defense Council's John Walke.

PBS NewsHour: Ahead of Iowa Caucuses, Gingrich's Momentum Fades as Criticism Mounts

The Republican presidential race has turned into a national dead heat, especially in Iowa where the first votes will be cast in two weeks. Gwen Ifill discusses the candidates' momentum with Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and USA Today's Susan Page.

PBS NewsHour: White House, GOP Ratchet Up Rhetoric on 'Responsible' Deal for Payroll Tax Cut

The way forward on extending the payroll tax cut remained murky Monday as House Republicans vowed to turn back a compromise measure passed by the Senate over the weekend. Gwen Ifill discusses the stalemate with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Gene Sperling, a senior economic adviser to President Obama.

PBS NewsHour: How Will New Voter Registration Laws Affect 2012 Election?

Millions of potential voters may not be able to cast votes in 2012 after a dozen states put new restrictions in place this year. Gwen Ifill discusses the impact the new restrictions could have on the upcoming elections with New York University's Keesha Gaskins and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Lines up Potentially 'Explosive' Election Year Docket

Supreme Court justices agreed Monday to take up a tough immigration law from Arizona that would, among other things, punish illegal immigrants who apply for work in the state. Gwen Ifill discuses this and other controversial cases with the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and author Jeff Shesol.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Hears Dispute Over Ownership of Montana's Rivers

Montana's rivers are pristine and iconic, but they are also at the center of a property rights dispute that wound up before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Gwen Ifill discusses the details of the dispute with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal.

PBS NewsHour: 'Even Light Can't Escape' Newly Discovered Massive Black Holes

Astronomers recently discovered two massive black holes more than 300 million light years away. Nothing, not even light, can escape the pull of these black holes, which are each 10 billion times the mass of the sun. University of California, Berkeley professor Chung-Pei Ma joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the latest findings.