June 2012

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: President's Economic Comments Under Scrutiny

PBS NewsHour senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff discuss how President Obama's remarks about the economy Friday continue to be fodder on the campaign trail. Gwen noted that some politicians' comments seem to resonate longer than others, and we observed that many voters aren't yet tuned in to the political chatter that will surely dominate by this fall.

PBS NewsHour: Colorado, New Mexico Emergency Officials Seek More Help Fighting Wildfires

Since it was started early Saturday by a lightning strike, the High Park wildfire has consumed more than 60 square miles in Colorado -- damaging or destroying more than 100 homes. Meanwhile, crews in southern New Mexico battled a 54-square-mile fire near the town of Ruidoso. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: In Syria, 'Whac-A-Mole' Revolution Turns Increasingly Bloody

As dozens more died Monday in Syria amid heavy fighting, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said he was "gravely concerned," citing reports of continued shelling in Homs. Gwen Ifill discusses the prospects for civil war with Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Mona Yacoubian of the Stimson Center.

PBS NewsHour: In Syria, More Shelling and Deadlier Weapons

Violence in Syria surged Monday as government and opposition forces escalated their use of lethal weapons. Shelling continued in Homs, killing at least 38 people. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: How Walker's Win in Wisconsin Might Shape Obama-Romney Race

After a decisive victory Tuesday, embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to successfully turn back a recall election. Gwen Ifill, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert and USA Today's Susan Page discuss the high turnout and how the vote may influence November's elections.

PBS NewsHour: Promising Breast Cancer Treatment Averts 'Collateral Damage' to Healthy Cells

Doctors meeting this week at a major conference in Chicago believe they are on track to create a drug that would specifically target cancer cells, while largely leaving healthy cells undamaged. Gwen Ifill and Dr. Michael Link of the American Society of Clinical Oncology discuss the findings.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Watching Wisconsin

In this week's Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondent Gwen Ifill and special guest Jeff Brown about the historic recall election in Wisconsin.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker holds a slight lead heading into voting Tuesday as the state considers if he deserves to be ousted. The contest is a rematch of the 2010 race with Walker facing Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

PBS NewsHour: Demonstrators Stage Third Day of Protests in Cairo

Demonstrators protested for a third consecutive day Monday in Cairo's Tahrir Square after former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison over the weekend. Gwen Ifill reports on the uprising, just weeks after the country's first democratic presidential election.

PBS NewsHour: The Decorum, Skullduggery and Rivalries of the Presidents Club

Time magazine editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy explore how current and former American presidents interact with one another in their new book, "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity." The authors spoke with Gwen Ifill about cross-party mentoring and the infighting that can occur.