March 2013

PBS Newshour: Obama Pledges 'Unwavering' Commitment to Israel's Security During Visit

President Barack Obama made his first trip to Israel, where he reaffirmed the bond between the two nations. Margaret Warner, who is traveling with the president, talks with Gwen Ifill about the timing of the trip and common concerns for the U.S. and Israel, including the Syrian conflict and Iran's nuclear program.

PBS Newshour: What's Behind the Dramatic Shift in Public Opinion Over Gay Marriage?

A new survey shows a majority of Americans support gay marriage. Support has also grown in the courts and among politicians, including former State Secretary Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rob Portman. Gwen Ifill examines the shift with Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center and Greg Lewis of Georgia State University.

PBS Newshour: High Court Hears Case on Conflict Between State, Federal Voter Registration Law

The Supreme Court heard arguments on a voter registration law in Arizona that requires voters to provide physical proof of citizenship in order to decrease voter fraud. The case pits the state law against federal law, and opponents say it unfairly targets minorities. Gwen Ifill talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.

 

PBS Newshour: Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio Is First South American, First Jesuit Pontiff

The election of Pope Francis marked two firsts for the papal office: he is both the first South American and the first Jesuit pope. For more on the historic selection and what it reflects about the current state of the Catholic Church, Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter.

 

PBS Newshour: Political Unease Endures in Kenya Despite Fairly Peaceful Elections

In Kenya, fears of post-election violence seem to be dissipating, but Gwen Ifill reports that other concerns remain. Newly-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate both face charges of crimes against humanity for past election violence, and Kenyatta's opponent has promised to appeal the election results.

PBS Newshour: Acid Attack on Bolshoi Artistic Director Rocks Ballet World

A Russian dance star confessed to masterminding an attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. For more on different theories on the motivation for the attack, Gwen Ifill talks with the New York Times' Michael Schwirtz.

PBS Newshour: President Obama Nominates Candidates for Energy and Environmental Team

At the first cabinet meeting of his second term, President Obama announced nominations for the positions of budget, energy, and environmental policy. Gwen Ifill talks with lobbyist Scott Segal of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and Michael Brune, president of the Sierra Club, to learn more about the president's picks and larger agenda.