March 2012

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Wraps Up Health Reform Law Hearings: What's Next?

In the final day of Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act, justices questioned the constitutionality of requiring states to expand Medicaid coverage to more individuals. Betty Ann Bowser reports, and Marcia Coyle and Susan Dentzer discuss with Gwen Ifill whether the law could survive without an insurance mandate.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Considers Health Reform; Day 2 Recap: Individual Mandate on Trial

Arguments at the Supreme Court Tuesday dealt with whether Congress had the authority to require citizens to purchase health insurance and whether the government could issue a financial penalty for those who decline. Betty Ann Bowser reports then Marcia Coyle and Susan Dentzer discuss the day's proceedings with Gwen Ifill.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Considers Health Reform; Day 1 Recap: Jurisdiction, Tax Questions

Demonstrators gathered Monday outside the Supreme Court as justices kicked off three days of hearings on the health care reform law. Betty Ann Bowser reports then Marcia Coyle and Susan Dentzer discuss the day's proceedings and the core issues of the day's arguments with Gwen Ifill.

PBS NewsHour: Retiring Sens. Snowe, Bingaman: Political Center Is Disappearing

Retiring Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Jeff Bingaman(D-N.M.) think the political middle ground is disappearing in Washington. Gwen talks to them about the current state of politics.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Weighs Life Without Parole for Juvenile Murder Convicts

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether 14-year-olds convicted of murder should be required to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. Gwen Ifill and The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle discuss the arguments and the issues under consideration.

PBS NewsHour: Waging a Battle Over Voter ID Laws

Across the country, voting rights activists including Rock the Vote have campaigned against a surge of state voter identification laws, requiring individuals to provide a photo ID before they cast a ballot. Gwen Ifill discusses the latest move by a Wisconsin judge and the U.S. Justice Department blocking a Texas law with Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation and Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center for Justice.

PBS NewsHour: Afghan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Valuable Propaganda,' Analyst Says

At the U.N. Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the killing of 16 Afghan civilians near Kandahar, calling the alleged attack by a U.S. soldier "inexplicable." Gwen Ifill, RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and New America Foundation's Steve Clemons discuss the additional strain on already tense U.S.-Afghan relations.

PBS NewsHour: With Romney Leading and No End in Sight, GOP Campaigns Carry on

Despite winning six states, Mitt Romney's Super Tuesday victories did little to winnow the GOP field. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul picked up some delegates and continued campaigning ahead of more caucuses and primaries. Gwen talks to Trey Grayson of Harvard University, USA Today's Susan Page and the Pew Research Center's Andrew Kohut about the race.

PBS NewsHour: Obama, Netanyahu Show Unity, Yet Signal Differences, Over Iran Strategy

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Monday at the White House to discuss possible solutions to threats from Iran's nuclear program, pledging unity but signalling tension over how to proceed. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: It's 'Down to the Wire' in Ohio for Super Tuesday

NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni speaks with senior correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about the most important prizes in the Super Tuesday contests.