February 2014

PBS Newshour: Has the Catholic Church done enough to address sexual abuse by clergy?

A United Nations panel has sharply critiqued how the Vatican responded to widespread sexual abuse by Catholic priests, which the Vatican calls distorted and unfair. Rev. Thomas Rosica of the Catholic Salt and Light Television Network and Katherine Gallagher of the Center for Constitutional Rights join Gwen Ifill to offer different views on the report.

PBS Newshour: Will various military scandals erode public confidence in the armed forces?

Three of the military’s five branches are ramping up investigations into some of the most serious scandals for the armed forces in a generation. The latest involves charges that Navy trainers cheated on certification exams to teach at a nuclear reactor school. Gwen Ifill talks to Craig Whitlock who covers the Defense Department for The Washington Post.

PBS Newshour: Afghanistan’s Karzai reportedly engaged in secret peace talks with Taliban

While Afghan President Hamid Karzai has resisted signing a long-term security agreement with the United States, the leader has met secretly with the Taliban to engage in peace talks, according to the New York Times. How would a Taliban peace deal work? Gwen Ifill talks to New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.

PBS Newshour: New report forecasts health care reform law will decrease U.S. labor supply

In the Congressional Budget Office’s economic outlook report for 2014, analysts predicted that as many as 2.3 million will stop working or work less as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Gwen Ifill talks to NPR’s Julie Rovner about the findings and the political reactions coming from the White House and congressional Republicans.

PBS Newshour: ‘Talking cars’ could prevent accidents before they happen

On some new car models, sensors can monitor outside surroundings and warn drivers of peril or kick in automatic braking. The Department Of Transportation is considering a mandate for all automakers to adopt this vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Gwen Ifill talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Neil about how “talking cars” could improve safety on the roads but at the expense of drivers’ privacy.