April 2013

PBS Newshour: Congress Seeks to Eliminate Perk of Online Shopping by Requiring Sales Tax

Proposed legislation in Congress could require consumers to pay sales tax for online purchases. Currently, states can only collect taxes from businesses that have a physical presence in their state. Gwen Ifill looks at the stakes and debate with Brian Bieron of eBay and the National Retail Federation's Rachelle Bernstein.

PBS Newshour: Search for Sender of Ricin Letters Turns Up Odd Twists, Echoes of Anthrax Case

Federal investigators searched a home in Tupelo, Miss., in the hunt for who sent politicians letters tainted with ricin. Gwen Ifill talks to Kimberly Kindy of The Washington Post and Marilyn Thompson of Reuters about strange twists in the investigation, including conflict between a karate teacher and an Elvis impersonator.



PBS Newshour: Senate Retirements Could Be Crucial in Upcoming Battle for Political Control

Montana's Max Baucus is the eighth senator to announce he won't seek re-election. How will these retirements shape the fight for seats and the political landscape? Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.


PBS Newshour: Case Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Raises Legal Quandaries

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been formally charged with using weapons of mass destruction, and if found guilty, could face the death penalty. Gwen Ifill talks with former Justice Department official David Rivkin and Laura Murphy of the ACLU to explore legal questions raised by trying Tsarnaev in a federal court.


PBS Newshour: Amendments for Background Checks and Assault Weapons Ban Fail in Senate

Proposed amendments for assault weapons and high capacity magazine bans and universal background checks failed to pass the Senate. Kwame Holman reports. Then, Gwen Ifill gets two perspectives on why Senate failed to pass the proposals from National Shooting Sports Foundation's Lawrence Keane and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

PBS Newshour: Investigators Tackling Boston Bombings Must 'Triage,' Crowd-source Information

Gwen Ifill talks with former deputy national security advisor Juan Zuarte and former senior FBI Official Don Borelli for their takes on the investigation and how authorities are sifting through evidence, as well as the president's characterization of the bombings as a terrorist attack.


PBS Newshour: Gang of Eight Senators Fine-tune Details of Immigration Reform Bill

While supporters of immigration reform rallied on Capitol Hill, a group of eight senators put the finishing touches on legislation to overhaul the current system. Gwen Ifill talks with the Los Angeles Times' Bill Bennett for an update on what's in the plan.

PBS Newshour: Tens of Thousands of Spectators, Runners Disperse After Deadly Boston Blasts

After two devices were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, tens of thousands of runners and spectators had to be diverted from the disaster, many leaving behind bags or luggage to speed their retreat. Gwen Ifill talks to Scott Malone of Reuters about the scene at the blast.


PBS Newshour: Obama Budget Plan With Medicare Cuts, Tax Hikes Draws Critique From Congress

The Obama administration rolled out its new budget proposal, which includes Medicare cuts and tax hikes for the wealthy. Kwame Holman has more on reactions to the budget from both sides of the aisle. Gwen Ifill gets views from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and White House economic adviser Gene Sperling.

PBS Newshour: A Look at Thatcherism, the Polarizing Legacy of Britain's 'Iron Lady'

The death of Margaret Thatcher, whose leadership had global ramifications, has opened up old wounds for some British citizens. For more on the controversial legacy of Britain's "Iron Lady," Gwen Ifill talks with Time magazine's assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar and John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times.