February 2012

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Weighs Corporate Liability in Human Rights Cases

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday, weighing whether victims of abuses overseas should have the right to use U.S. courts to prove companies should pay for alleged involvement in human rights atrocities. Gwen Ifill and The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle discuss the potential liability implications for corporations.

PBS NewsHour: If Romney Loses Michigan, 'All Bets Are Off'

Ahead of crucial primaries in Michigan and Arizona, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney focused on federal spending while Rick Santorum said religion should play a wider role in public policy. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of the GOP primary battle with USA Today's Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg.

PBS NewsHour: In Michigan, Romney 'Is Going to Have to Fight for His Life' vs. Santorum

Several national polls now show GOP hopeful Rick Santorum in a new dead heat with longtime front-runner Mitt Romney. Gwen Ifill discusses Santorum's rise and efforts to win Michigan's Feb. 28 primary with The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter.

PBS NewsHour: Chinese VP Xi Ready for 'Candid' Dialogue on Human Rights

Amid ongoing tension between China and the United States on a variety of issues from human rights to currency policy, President Obama struck a hopeful note Tuesday as he hosted Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is likely to become the next president of the world's most populous nation. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: How Significant Were Santorum's 3 Victories?

Rick Santorum was projected to move into second place in the GOP nomination delegate count after scoring wins in three states Tuesday. Gwen Ifill and Christina Bellantoni examine the new state of play in the Republican race, then Judy Woodruff and senior Santorum strategist John Brabender discuss his candidate's campaign.

PBS NewsHour: Investigation Finds Members of Congress Steer Millions Close to Home

A Washington Post investigation found that 33 members of Congress earmarked more than $300 million total for public projects near properties they own while 16 members sent taxpayer money to companies with connections to their close family members. Gwen Ifill and Post reporter Kimberly Kindy discuss the findings and the laws.

PBS NewsHour: Will Prop. 8 Ruling Lead Supreme Court to Consider Same-Sex Marriage?

A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 Tuesday against banning same-sex marriage in California, upholding a lower court's ruling. Spencer Michels reports and Gwen Ifill discusses the decision and the next steps with David Boies of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage.

PBS NewsHour: In Colorado, Romney Ignores Gingrich, Targets Obama

As Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich campaigned Monday in Colorado, Gingrich targeted Romney, but the former Massachusetts governor focused his attention on President Obama. Gwen Ifill discusses the state of the Republican presidential race with USA Today's Susan Page and The Rothenberg Political Report's Stuart Rothenberg.

PBS NewsHour: Who's Spending More: Candidates or Super PACs?

As presidential candidates raise and spend increasingly larger amounts of money this election season, new financial reports show what role Super PACs are playing. Gwen Ifill discusses how campaign finance is shaping up this election year with John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity and Roll Call's Eliza Newlin Carney.

PBS NewsHour Special Report: Sorting Through Florida Results

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks sort through the Florida GOP primary results with Gwen in a special edition of the NewsHour.