December 2013

PBS Newshour: Feds extend health care sign up by one day

The Obama administration pushed back the government health care enrollment deadline to Dec. 24, giving consumers one more day to sign up for coverage that begins Jan. 1. Officials say the extensions will also help deal with the last-minute surge. Gwen Ifill talks to Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News.

PBS Newshour: U.S. consumers have many protections but no guarantees against credit card fraud

Retail giant Target announced that some 40 million credit and debit accounts were compromised when shoppers swiped their cards in stores from late November to mid-December. Steve Surdu of Mandiant joins Gwen Ifill to discuss how hackers may have committed the data theft and how companies attempt to protect customers.

PBS Newshour: What the budget deal means for Americans

The bipartisan budget plan passed by Congress will avert another government shutdown, give the Pentagon some relief from automatic spending cuts and restore billions of dollars to domestic programs. Gwen Ifill talks to Lori Montgomery of The Washington Post about how most Americans will experience effects of the budget plan.

PBS Newshour: Wave of Congressional retirements open up opportunity for both parties

Three senior members of the House of Representatives have announced retirement plans, giving both parties possible openings for the 2014 midterm elections. Gwen Ifill talks to political editor Christina Bellantoni about races to watch, changing demographics and incumbents who are likely to face tough fights.

PBS Newshour: Tech titans visit White House to press case for surveillance reform

Executives from top U.S. technology companies, including Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Apple, visited the the White House to push for reforms to NSA's surveillance programs. Gwen Ifill talks to Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News about the tech giants' list of concerns about government spying.

PBS Newshour: Can the U.S. find consensus in better mental health access to curb gun violence?

One year after the Sandy Hook tragedy, violent acts like the latest shooting at a Colorado high school remind the nation that the gun debate is not over. Gwen Ifill looks at efforts to curb violence in the U.S. with Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of the American Psychiatric Association and Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek.

PBS Newshour: Internal splintering of Syrian rebel groups leads U.S., U.K. to suspend aid

The U.S. and Britain cut off non-lethal aid to Western-backed rebels in Northern Syria after Islamist insurgents seized weapons warehouses in near the Turkish border. Gwen Ifill gets reaction to the decision from Syrian opposition activist Murhaf Jouejati and Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma.

PBS Newshour: Pope Francis recognized as 'Person of the Year' for changing tone of the papacy

Since his election in March, Pope Francis has shifted the rhetoric of the Catholic Church with remarks on economic inequality and homosexuality. Gwen Ifill talks to Patricia McGuire of Trinity Washington University and Robert Royal of the Faith and Reason Institute about the pope's cultural impact in 2013.

PBS Newshour: World leaders join South Africans to memorialize Nelson Mandela

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered at a Johannesburg stadium to mark the death of Nelson Mandela. President Barack Obama joined other world leaders in attending the memorial and eulogizing the former leader of South Africa. Gwen Ifill discusses the event with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, special correspondent for NBC News.

PBS Newshour: Spelman College charts a new path by encouraging women in STEM studies

Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta, has garnered attention for dropping intercollegiate sports and refocusing towards science, technology, engineering and math. Gwen Ifill talks to President Beverly Daniel Tatum, who was honored with an award by the Carnegie Corporation.