May 2012

PBS NewsHour: Campaigns Court Colorado Hispanics in Unpredictable Contest

In Colorado, where Hispanics make up 20 percent of the population, presidential campaigning is increasingly being done in Spanish. And while immigration may not be the most important issue for Latino voters, it certainly is a defining one, according to Stanford University political scientist Gary Segura. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: Egypt's Historic Election: 'Even the Most Jaded Were Moved'

Across Egypt, at least 50 million people were eligible to choose from a field of 13 candidates in the country's first free presidential election. Gwen Ifill and McClatchy reporter Nancy Youssef discuss what the historic election means for Egypt's future.

PBS NewsHour: Millions in Egypt Cast Ballots in First Free Election

Fifteen months after mass protests toppled the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, voters across Egypt went to the polls Wednesday for their first free and genuinely competitive presidential election. Election monitors said the first of two days of voting went smoothly. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: All About Bain

In this week's Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about Bain Capital and President Obama's declaration that the election would be "about" Mitt Romney's record at the private equity firm.

PBS NewsHour: A Year After Joplin's Tornado, Disaster's 'Immensity' Still a Challenge

One year ago, a tornado packing 200 mph winds tore through the city of Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people and destroying 8,000 buildings -- including many homes. Gwen Ifill and businesswoman Jane Cage, who leads the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, discuss life in Joplin now and down the road.

PBS NewsHour: Catholic Groups Sue Over Contraception Coverage

A group of Roman Catholic leaders and institutions sued the Obama administration over the federal mandate to provide birth control to employees, saying it violated religious freedom. Gwen Ifill and The Wall Street Journal's Janet Adamy discuss the lawsuit.

PBS NewsHour: LBJ's 'Passage of Power': The Transformation of a 'Legislative Genius'

Historian Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades telling the story of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Gwen Ifill and Caro discuss the pivotal four years between 1960 and 1964 when Johnson rose from senator to an overshadowed vice president, and then to president -- the premise of his latest biography, "The Passage of Power."

PBS NewsHour: Assessing the Indiana Senate Race After Lugar's Loss

Indiana voters sent Richard Lugar to the U.S. Senate six times, but not again this year. He lost Tuesday to Tea Party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Gwen Ifill, Greg Fettig of Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate and political analyst Brian Howey discuss why Lugar lost and preview the race to fill his seat in the Senate.

PBS NewsHour: The Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom

Norway is the healthiest country in the world to be a mother, according to a new report released by the international non-profit Save the Children. The worst: West Africa's Niger. Gwen Ifill and Save the Children President Carolyn Miles discuss what countries are best and worst at creating healthy children and mothers.

PBS NewsHour: The Politics of Gay Marriage: Biden Remarks Rekindle Culture War

When Vice President Joe Biden said he now believes same-sex marriages should be protected under law, it touched off a new round of political culture wars. Gwen Ifill hosts a debate between Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage and gay rights advocate Richard Socarides.