January 2013

PBS Newshour: Gabby Giffords Testifies at Gun Violence Hearing: 'Too Many Children Are Dying'

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman at a political event in 2011, took the stand at a congressional hearing on gun violence. Gwen Ifill reports on testimony by Giffords, her husband Capt. Mark Kelly, as well as Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association.

 

PBS Newshour: Obama Embraces Bipartisan Senate Blueprint for Immigration Reform

President Obama endorsed a bipartisan immigration plan crafted by eight senators, but that blueprint may face hurdles in the House, where some lawmakers are working on a competing plan. Gwen Ifill gets views from Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas, and Clarissa Matinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza.

PBS Newshour: Bipartisan Senate Proposal on Immigration Reform Reflects Election Response

A bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled an immigration reform plan that would offer citizenship to 11 million immigrants. Judy Woodruff talks with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Gwen Ifill talks to Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., about how the politics of this new effort will play on Capitol Hill.

 

PBS Newshour: A Look at GOP Congressional Priorities as U.S. House Forgoes Debt Ceiling Fight

The U.S. House voted to extend the nation's debt limit for another three months. Can the Republican party use fiscal issues to regain its footing? Gwen Ifill talks with Susan Page of USA Today and Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Roll Call.

 

PBS Newshour: Narrow Victory for Netanyahu Shows Centrist Political Shift in Israel

Though Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party won a majority of seats in Tuesday's election, it was by a slim margin that reflected Israel's changing political climate. Gwen Ifill talks to Margaret Warner from Tel Aviv about the country's political shifts.

PBS Newshour: Inauguration Over, President Obama Launches Second Term Progressive Agenda

President Obama began the first day of his second term bright and early with an interfaith prayer service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., where the themes of his inaugural address still resonated. Gwen Ifill recaps how GOP lawmakers and superPACs have responded to the president's tone-setting remarks.

PBS Newshour: Richard Ben Cramer, 62, Prize-Winning Journalist Who Had 'What It Takes'

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Richard Ben Cramer wrote about a range of topics, from politics to sports to international conflicts. With his passing, Gwen Ifill talks to Time magazine's Joe Klein and the Washington Post's Chris Cilliza on Cramer's legacy.

 

PBS Newshour: Lawmakers Promise Tough Questions for Defense, CIA Nominees

Judy Woodruff reports on President Obama's nominations of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director. Gwen Ifill talks to Jessica Tuchman Mathews of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Reuel Marc Gerecht of Foundation for Defense of Democracies about the president's picks.