September 2013

PBS Newshour: Weekend Deadline Looming, What's Going on Behind the Scenes of the Budget Fight?

Lawmakers on both sides of the budget fight have come out to wage a public war of words and sway opinion, but what's going on behind the scenes? Gwen Ifill gets views from two former Capitol Hill staffers: Jim Manley of QGA Public Affairs and Ron Bonjean of Singer Bonjean Strategies.

PBS Newshour: How Does Health Care Reform Change Options for Young Adults?

Under the new health care reform law, young adults can stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26. What options are available for young adults with limited income? Gwen Ifill looks to Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News to answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

PBS Newshour: Kenyan Government Claims It Has 'Control' in Deadly Standoff With al-Shabab

Three days after al-Shabab militants stormed a Nairobi shopping mall, officials say 62 people have died and more than 170 have been injured. Kenyan troops believe all hostages have now been released, but the outcome of the battle is still in doubt. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS Newshour: Congress Engages in Obamacare Spending Standoff Days Before Budget Deadline

House Republicans plan to eliminate funding for the Affordable Care Act as part of a spending bill that would keep the government running past October 1. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said any bill that defunds health care reform won't survive the Senate. Gwen Ifill reports on the budget battle.

PBS Newshour: Iran's President Signals Possible Diplomatic Opening on Nuclear Program

Since his election in June, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has struck a more moderate, diplomatic tone than his predecessors. Recently, he signaled willingness to work with the U.S. to resolve conflict over his country's disputed nuclear program. Gwen Ifill reports on the shift in rhetoric from Tehran.

PBS Newshour: What Are the Motives Behind Iran's 'Charm Offensive'?

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is reaching out to the U.S. and the world in ways his predecessors never did. Gwen Ifill talks to Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Haleh Esfandiari of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for more context into the diplomatic thaw.

PBS Newshour: What's Behind the Federal Reserve's Surprising Decision to Keep Up Stimulus?

Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Federal Reserve would continue its stimulus effort of pouring money into the bond market because the economy still needs help. Gwen Ifill talks to Neil Irwin of The Washington Post for a deeper look into the thinking at the Fed.

PBS Newshour: Navy Yard Tragedy Draws Attention to Who Has Access to Military Facilities

While Washington mourned the 12 victims of the Navy Yard shooting, authorities released new details about the shooter, Aaron Alexis. The Defense Department contractor had had run-ins with the law and sought help for mental health issues. Ernesto Londoño of The Washington Post joins Gwen Ifill to update the developing portrait.

PBS Newshour: Free Syrian Army Chief: Foreign Weapon Donations Will Go Into the 'Right Hands'

The Free Syrian Army, the rebels who have been fighting the Assad regime for two years, have criticized the U.S.-Russian road map detailing the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, believing it lets the Syrian government off the hook from foreign military intervention. Gwen Ifill talks to the Free Syrian Army's Gen. Salim Idris.

PBS Newshour: Chemical Weapons Declaration May Offer 'First, Key Tipoff' of Assad's Intentions

The Syrian government said it will comply with the U.S.-Russian deal, which puts the burden on Syria to declare the size and location of its chemical weapon stockpile. Gwen Ifill talks to Charles Duelfer, a former UN weapons inspector, about likely complications and the new UN report confirming a chemical attack near Damascus.