June 2014

PBS Newshour: Assaults on Iraqi oil fields sow worry over global gas prices

Both Iraq's government army and fighters from ISIL have claimed to have the upper hand in a week-long battle for Iraq's biggest oil refinery. The clashes have stopped oil production at the Beiji complex, but amid the chaos, the price of crude exports has risen by only $2.35 a barrel. Gwen Ifill talks to Gianna Bern of Brookshire Advisory and Research and Greg Priddy of the Eurasia Group.

PBS Newshour: Hillary Clinton talks 'Hard Choices' and battle scars

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, senator and first lady, joins Gwen Ifill for an extended conversation on international concerns like the crisis in Iraq and upheaval in Ukraine, as well as the state of economic recovery in the United States, why Democrats should be embracing health care reform and the reason she's waiting to decide whether she'll run for president in 2016.

Tonight on the PBS NewsHour: Gwen Ifill interviews Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, currently promoting her book 'Hard Choices,' told Gwen Ifill that, given the grueling demands of a presidential campaign, you have to be "a little bit crazy" to consider a run for the White House.  Watch Gwen's full interview with Hillary Clinton tonight on the PBS NewsHour.

Read more about the interview here.

PBS Newshour: Kerry urges Iraq’s embattled premier to use more inclusive government to oppose ISIL

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stern warning during a visit with the Shiite-led Iraqi government, urging immediate and united action to stand against ISIL. Meanwhile government forces lost control of the entire frontier with Syria and Jordan and Sunni insurgents extended their grip across northern and western Iraq. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS Newshour: Can Iraq be united under Maliki?

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been faulted by some for deepening sectarian divisions now roiling the country. Gwen Ifill talks to Charles Duelfer, former UN and U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq, Abbas Kadhim of Johns Hopkins University and Feisal Istrabadi of Indiana University about what’s undermining Iraq’s stability and best possible outcomes.

PBS Newshour: Lawmakers skeptical that GM can remodel its leadership

General Motors CEO Mary Barra returned to address Congress about an internal company report on the ignition switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths. Barra announced a new campaign to reward employees who report safety concerns, but lawmakers remained skeptical that the corporate culture could be changed. Gwen Ifill gets more detail from David Shepardson of The Detroit News.

PBS Newshour: What Iraq’s violent sectarian split means for its neighbors

The insurgency by Sunni militants in Iraq, known as ISIL or ISIS, adds conflict to an already volatile region. Gwen Ifill talks to Hisham Melhem of Al Arabiya News and Mary-Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress about the failure to stifle ISIL’s growth in Syria, the prospect of U.S. collaboration with Iran and the divergent agendas of Iraq’s other neighboring nations.

PBS Newshour: What’s fueling and funding the insurgents behind the violence in Iraq?

The Sunni militants known as ISIL or ISIS continue to broaden their control over the northern Iraq. What are their origins and how does the group compare to other insurgencies? Gwen Ifill learns more from journalist Rania Abouzeid and Brian Fishman of the New America Foundation.

PBS Newshour: Pew study finds more polarized Americans increasingly resistant to political compromise

A major study by the Pew Research Center finds the increasing polarization in the U.S. is not just in our politics. American adults are less likely to compromise and often decide where to live, who to marry and who their friends should be based on what they already believe. Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to assess the data.

PBS Newshour: House GOP’s second-in-command to step down after primary upset

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced his decision to step down from his leadership post less than 24 hours after he became the first House majority leader to be defeated in a primary. Cantor was ousted by David Brat, a virtually unknown college professor who had never before run for office. Gwen Ifill talks to Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post about Cantor’s fall.