May 2012

PBS NewsHour: Examining the Presidential Campaign Map, Battleground Virginia

On the campaign trail, President Obama and Mitt Romney both stumped Wednesday in hotly contested Virginia. Gwen Ifill, USA Today's Susan Page and NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni discuss the candidates' efforts in battleground states ahead of their parties' conventions and the November presidential election.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Afghanistan Address: 'This Was Not a Mission Accomplished Speech'

In a surprise visit Tuesday to Afghanistan, President Obama addressed the nation and said he knew many Americans are tired of war, but underscored a need to "destroy al Qaeda." Gwen Ifill, RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress discuss the implications of the president's speech.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's Afghanistan Pact: What it Does, What it Doesn't Do

President Obama made a surprise visit Tuesday to Afghanistan to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Gwen Ifill gets an update from the AP's Patrick Quinn in Kabul plus analysis of the agreement the president signed from RAND Corporation's Seth Jones and Brian Katulis of the Center for American Progress.

PBS NewsHour: Examining the Electoral Map, President Obama's Arguments for a Second Term

In this week's Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about President Obama's latest campaign video, which reminds voters he inherited a bad economy from President George W. Bush. Gwen notes that argument only works for so long, and also pointed out that the "economy" means different things to different people when it comes to their votes.

PBS NewsHour: Blind Dissident's Escape: an 'Opportunity' for Chinese Government?

As Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng declared his freedom in a YouTube video, President Obama declined to speak directly Monday about the delicate diplomatic situation. Gwen Ifill discusses the story's significance and how it unfolded with Susan Shirk of the University of California, San Diego and Voice of America's Sasha Gong.

PBS NewsHour: After Escape, Chinese Dissident Reportedly Under U.S. Protection

The location of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped house arrest, remained a mystery Monday as U.S. and Chinese officials said as little as possible amid a delicate diplomatic situation just ahead of a high-level meeting between the nations. Gwen Ifill reports.