December 2012

PBS Newshour: Michigan 'Right-to-Work' Laws Spark Heated Debate on Role of Labor Unions

In a lame-duck session, Michigan Republicans approved a pair of bills that would make the Great Lakes State into a "right to work" state. Organized labor was furious, accusing politicians of pushing through legislation with no opportunity for public comment. Gwen Ifill talks to two Michigan lawmakers with differing views.

PBS Newshour: Sharing Lessons in American History in 140 Characters or Less

How does modern technology allow us to engage in conversations about the past? Gwen Ifill talks to presidential historian Michael Beschloss about how the Twitter-verse has opened up new ways to view history in the digital age.

 

PBS Newshour: Citigroup Plans to Lay Off 11,000 Employees in Financial Crisis Scale Back

In a move to cut costs, increase profits and speed its recovery from financial crisis, Citigroup, Inc., announced 11,000 jobs were to be cut worldwide. Gwen Ifill talks to Bloomberg Businessweek's Roben Farzad for more on what pushed America's third-largest bank to make these sweeping job cuts in the U.S. and overseas.

 

PBS NewsHour: Paul Krugman: Hasty Fiscal Fix to the Deficit Would Cause 'Austerity Bomb'

Though Republicans claim $2.2 trillion would be saved by their plan for long-term deficit reduction, economist Paul Krugman calls it a "vapor plan," with few details on where savings will come from. Gwen Ifill talks to Krugman about why he thinks reducing the deficit too fast could push the economy back into recession.

 

PBS NewsHour:World Faces a Fight from Behind to Keep Up With Rising Rate of CO2 Emissions

For 18 years, the U.N. was intent on cutting global emissions to prevent a rise in the earth's average temperature of more than two degrees. But new data shows the earth is on track to reach this point of no return. Gwen Ifill talks to National Journal's Coral Davenport on the implications of rising emissions and temperatures.

 

PBS NewsHour: White House, House Republicans Face Off Over Competing Deficit Reduction Plans

House speaker John Boehner wrote to President Obama to reject a White House plan to raise tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, suggesting instead a counter-offer that raises Medicare eligibility age. Gwen Ifill talks to Erskine Bowles about his deficit reduction plan and how it differs from current proposals on the table.