September 2013

PBS Newshour: Obamacare Battles in the House Put Burden on Boehner as Budget Deadlines Loom

As Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is in a bind to pass major spending bills before the Oct. 1 fiscal year deadline. Gwen Ifill speaks with Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International about how the battle over Obamacare threatens to shut down the government.

PBS Newshour: McCain: President's Call for Action as Well as Pause Hurts His Case on Syria

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., praised President Obama for appealing to the emotions of the American people in his Syria speech, but felt the president fell short by not advocating for the Syrian rebels. In a conversation with Gwen Ifill, McCain also considers whether Russian efforts to help reach a diplomatic solution are sincere.

PBS Newshour: Shields and Brooks on Obama's Syria Address, Building the Case for a Strike

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff to discuss President Barack Obama's address to the nation on the Assad regime's chemical weapons attack in Syria, the state of diplomatic efforts and prospects for Congressional authorization of a U.S. military strike.

"PBS NewsHour" Relaunched with Ifill, Woodruff at the Helm

"PBS NewsHour" is being re-launched with two female anchors, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. The co-anchors recently sat down with CBS' Norah O'Donnell to discuss their new roles and their take on Syria.

PBS Newshour: Obama Says Diplomatic Solution to Syria 'Overwhelmingly My Preference'

President Barack Obama told Gwen Ifill Monday evening that he would prefer a diplomatic solution in Syria and has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about those efforts. Watch the full interview below

PBS Newshour: Sen. Deb Fischer: Obama Needs to Make Case for Strike to 'War-Wise' Americans

While some prominent lawmakers have thrown their support behind a limited military strike in Syria, others remain unconvinced. Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., about her concerns and questions about why the U.S. is choosing to react to chemical weapon use now and how potential allies could be involved.

PBS Newshour: Obama Secures Key Support, but Still Faces Fight Over Military Strike in Syria

President Obama continues to court Congress on the issue of a U.S. military strike in Syria. Judy Woodruff reports on what Secretary Kerry and Secretary Hagel told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plus response from lawmakers. Gwen Ifill speaks with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., about supporting the authorization of force.