April 2012

PBS NewsHour: In Ariz. Immigration Case, Supreme Court Weighs Limits of Federal, State Powers

As the Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona's contentious immigration law Wednesday, justices appeared skeptical of the Obama administration's claim that the state had overstepped federal law. Gwen Ifill and Marcia Coyle discuss the arguments and the four distinct parts that are being challenged.

PBS NewsHour: Jobs, Student Loan Help Focus of Obama, Romney Pitches to Young Voters

Hoping to appeal to youth voters, President Obama spoke Tuesday on the rising cost of higher education while Mitt Romney criticized his record on job creation. Gwen Ifill, the Democratic National Committee's Patrick Gaspard and the College Republican National Committee's Alex Schriver discuss campaign outreach to young voters.

PBS NewsHour: How Obama, Romney Camps Are Courting 'Critical' Latino Voters

President Obama and Mitt Romney are battling for support from voters in the nation's fastest-growing demographic: Latinos, who account for more than 16 percent of the population. Gwen Ifill discusses campaign efforts with Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Bettina Inclan, director of Hispanic outreach for the RNC.

PBS NewsHour: Gwen Ifill on Indiana, and We Can't Help but Discuss Romney's Veepstakes

In this week's Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondent Gwen Ifill about a red state that's likely slipped out of President Obama's grasp.

PBS NewsHour: Tax Day Arrives Amid Debate Over Fairness

Tax filing day this year brought protests and rallies across the country, both for tax cuts and tax fairness. While the issues intertwine, tax cuts and President Obama's "Buffett rule" push have become key points of contention in Congress and on the campaign trail. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: Space Shuttle Discovery Draws Eyes to Sky for Final Flight

NASA's space shuttle Discovery captivated people in and around the nation's capital Tuesday as it flew piggy-back on a 747 over the Capitol en route on its last landing at Dulles International Airport. Gwen Ifill and Valerie Neal, a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discuss its future as a museum piece.

PBS NewsHour: Indiana Sen. Lugar Targeted for Defeat by His Own Party

The Senate's most senior Republican, Richard Lugar is under pressure from within his own party to retire or be denied another term. At 80 years old, even Lugar seems slightly baffled about his political detractors. Gwen Ifill reports on the veteran senator's coming primary challenge on May 8.

PBS NewsHour: How Trayvon Martin Case Could Affect 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Across U.S.

A grand jury will not investigate the death of Trayvon Martin -- the unarmed black teenager shot in a gated community in February, a special prosecutor said Monday. Gwen Ifill and Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins' Center for Gun Policy and Research discuss the case's potential effects on other states' "stand your ground" laws.

PBS NewsHour: Medical Groups Call on Doctors to 'Choose Wisely,' Perform Fewer Tests

Nine medical specialty groups on Wednesday released a list of 45 medical tests and procedures they say are often unnecessary and costly -- and sometimes dangerous. Gwen Ifill discusses the "Choose Wisely" campaign with Dr. Glen Stream of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Health.

PBS NewsHour: Why Auto Sales Surge Even as Gas Prices Rise

Auto industry sales jumped 6 percent in March with almost 1.4 million new cars and trucks sold -- the highest number since 2008, according to new reports released Tuesday amid Detroit's $200 million deficit. Gwen Ifill and David Shepardson of The Detroit News discuss what's behind the continued surge in sales.