Most Recent Appearances by Dan Balz

Airdate: June 27, 2014

Four significant Supreme Court decisions this week including suspects' rights & abortion clinic protests, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi survives a strong tea-party challenge, and a first person account on the worsening situation in Iraq. Joining Gwen: Pete Williams, NBC News; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Dan Balz, Washington Post.

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Airdate: From the Vault | Remembering Reagan: 10 Years Later

President Ronald Reagan, known as "the great communicator," died ten years ago on June 5, 2004. In this Washington Week vault, Gwen Ifill talks to Dan Balz of the Washington Post and Tom Gjelten of NPR about the leadership and legacy of Reagan and the domestic and international impact of his eight years in office.

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Airdate: May 9, 2014

The kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram; the White House released a new report on climate change; the SCOTUS ruling to uphold prayer at government meetings; and a roundup of the primaries that marked the unofficial launch of the midterm season. Joining Gwen: Hannah Allam, McClatchy Paper; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Coral Davenport, The New York Times; Pete Williams, NBC News

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Airdate: March 21, 2014

President Obama stepped up pressure on Russia with a second wave of sanctions and Russia responded with its own restrictions. Also, how Democrats and Republicans are strategizing to rally the base for the midterm elections with an unpopular President and Congress.Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, Wall Street Journal; David Sanger, The New York Times; Michael Crowley, TIME Magazine.

 

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Airdate: January 24, 2014

The investigation into alleged political strong-arming by Christie's office, the indictment of Bob McDonnell, the recommendations by the presidential commission on election reform and the latest on the major Syria peace conference in Switzerland. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics

 

 

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Airdate: December 27, 2013

We take pause for the holidays to look back at the big stories of 2013 from the start of Obama's second term and the continued partisan deadlock in Washington to attempts by the GOP to reorganize after the elections of 2012. Gwen talks with 16 regular Washington Week panelists to get their perspective and analysis on the stories that shaped 2013.

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Airdate: December 20, 2013

President Obama met with the White House press for his end of year news conference; a new review on NSA practices; a rare budget deal in Congress and a look at the economy's standing at year's end.  Joining Gwen: Susan Davis, USA Today; Pete Williams, NBC News; Greg Ip, The Economist; Dan Balz, Washington Post.

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Airdate: November 15, 2013

How the Obama administration plans to fix the Affordable Care Act and how it could stall other second-term legislative priorities; and the recent negotiations and sticking points of a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program. Joining Gwen: Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News; John Harwood, CNBC/ The New York Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News.

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Airdate: October 18, 2013

President Barack Obama signed a law to end the government shutdown and extend the U.S. debt limit into 2014. We examine the real cost of the shutdown and what it will take to overcome Washington dysfunction to reach a budget deal. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News. 

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Airdate: October 11, 2013

The political and economic consequences of the government shutdown and the impact should the U.S. default; Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve; and SCOTUS takes on the campaign finance law. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Greg Ip, The Economist; Jim Tankersley, Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, Reuters.

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Airdate: October 4, 2013

The shutdown standoff continues between President Obama and congressional republicans as the debt ceiling crisis looms, an estimated 800,000 federal government workers nationwide have been put on furlough, and the new online health insurance exchanges open for business. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times. 

 

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Airdate: August 2, 2013

As Congress prepares to start its month-long August recess, it is on track to being the least productive in history. What will it take to get the White House and Congress to break through the Washington gridlock? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times and John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News.

In the Webcast Extra, Dan Balz discusses the behind the scenes maneuvering he writes about in his new book, Collision 2012. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and the Republican Primary feature. 

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Airdate: July 19, 2013

The political aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict with the Justice Department's investigation and Obama’s remarks, the Senate’s tentative deal to avoid “nuclear option”, and Liz Cheney's bid to unseat fellow Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Charles Babington of the Associated Press.

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Airdate: June 28, 2013

The Supreme Court handed down decisions this week on key social issues including same sex marriage, affirmative action and voting rights. What are the legal, political and policy effects of these landmark decisions? Joining Gwen: Pete Williams, NBC News; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Dan Balz, Washington Post; and Amy Walter, Cook Political Report. 

 

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Airdate: From the Vault: NSA Domestic Surveillance

With recent revelations about the National Security Agency's expansive data-collection efforts, we look in our vault to May 12, 2006, when our panelists discussed the fallout over a secret NSA program that tracked and saved a database of millions of phone calls during the Bush administration. The discussion – seven year ago—highlights an historic debate over how far the government should go in surveillance of Americans .

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Airdate: May 24, 2013

We examine Obama’s national security speech in which he called for limits on U.S. drone strike use. Also, has the government lost credibility with the IRS scandal? Plus, paying for disaster relief and immigration reform clears a major hurdle.  Joining Gwen: Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Charles Babington, Associated Press; and Fawn Johnson of National Journal. 

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Airdate: April 26, 2013

The latest on the Boston bombing investigation and the U.S. assessment that Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria used chemical weapons. Also, U.S. Senator Max Baucus will not be seeking re-election. Plus, the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; James Kitfield, National Journal; Susan Davis, USA Today; Dan Balz, Washington Post.

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Airdate: March 29, 2013

The Supreme Court heard two same-sex marriage cases this week. We look at the similarities and differences between these cases and the shift in  public opinion on same-sex marriage alongside some lawmakers’ political considerations.  Also, Obama urges Congress to pass gun legislation. Joining Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times: Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Pete Williams, NBC News; John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post.

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Airdate: January 25, 2013

President Obama's  assertive and progressive inaugural address. How did the GOP respond and what’s next for the party? Also, the Pentagon lifts the ban on women serving in combat and Secretary Clinton's Benghazi testimony. Plus, a short-term debt ceiling deal.  Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post;  Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News;  Martha Raddatz, ABC News; John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times.  

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Airdate: November 9, 2012

The roundtable analyzes how President Obama was re-elected and how changing demographics played a key role. Also, we examine the looming fiscal cliff crisis. Plus, we look at the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus after admitting to an affair. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and PBS; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal.

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Airdate: Deficit Deal Stalemate

Newly re-elected, President Obama has to find a way to get a divided Congress to reach an agreement to prevent a fiscal crisis or risk pushing the country into recession. We look in the vault to November 2011 when the supercommittee failed to reach a budget deal affecting national politics and the economy.

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Airdate: October 5, 2012

The panel analyzes the first of three presidential debates of the 2012 election. Will Romney's dominance influence the campaign? And a deeper look into the numbers and facts presented by Romney and Obama. Plus, a look at the new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen:  Peter Baker, New York Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News.

 

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Airdate: October 5, 2012

The panel analyzes the first of three presidential debates of the 2012 election. Will Romney's dominance influence the campaign? And a deeper look into the numbers and facts presented by Romney and Obama. Plus, a look at the new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen:  Peter Baker, New York Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News.

 

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Airdate: September 7, 2012

Did Obama's appeal to the nation for a second term resonate? How did Democrats rebut Republican attacks? Plus what was Bill Clinton's ultimate contribution to the convention? Also, did Friday's job numbers boost or quell Obama’s post-convention shine? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Peter Baker, The New York Times; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News.

 

 

On the Webcast Extra: How did past political conventions compare to this year? Did both parties use their prime time effectively? Did their message reach independents?

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Airdate: August 24, 2012

A Special Washington Week from St. Petersburg, Florida ahead of the Republican National Convention. How did the Mitt Romney campaign attempt to remain on-topic amidst the Todd Akin debacle? Why are the candidates sparring over Medicare again? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; John Dickerson, Slate and CBS News; Amy Walter of ABC News.

 

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Airdate: July 27, 2012

Mitt Romney has a rocky start to his overseas trip while the campaigns debate foreign policy and the role of government in private business.  Legal challenges facing state voter ID laws.  And who is making money from the Presidential campaigns? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal; Robert Barnes, The Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News.

 

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Airdate: July 6, 2012

President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio and Pennsylvania and accuses Romney of outsourcing jobs during his time at Bain Capital. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney says that the federal health care mandate is indeed a tax. Plus, new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jan Crawford, CBS News; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Amy Walter, ABC News.

 

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Airdate: June 1, 2012

What do disappointing job numbers  mean for the already unemployed and the state of economic recovery?  Mitt Romney wins enough delegates to make him the unofficial Republican nominee and finds himself in a dead heat with President Obama in three key swing states. Plus  the latest on the crisis in Syria.  Joining Gwen: Jim Tankersley, National Journal; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Helene Cooper, New York Times.

 

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Airdate: April 13, 2012

With Rick Santorum out of the GOP race, Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are gearing up for the general election. But recent comments about Romney's wife, Ann, have caused controversy over gender politics. Plus, a look at the fragile ceasefire in Syria. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; John Harris, POLITICO; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

 

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Airdate: March 23, 2012

After the controversial killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, in Florida, national attention focuses on "Stand Your Ground" laws & the local police department. Plus, Mitt Romney wins Illinois but still faces criticism from conservatives. Also, a look at the GOP budget. Joining Gwen: Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Sam Youngman, Reuters; Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal.

 

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Airdate: January 27, 2012

Ahead of next week’s Florida Republican primary, the 4 remaining candidates squared off on the ground and in two debates. Plus, following his State of the Union Address, President Obama hit the road to push his economic and jobs plan.  Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine & CBS News; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal.

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Airdate: January 6, 2012

This week, we’re on the ground in Manchester, New Hampshire to preview the primaries. After a close finish in Iowa, will Mitt Romney stay ahead of the pack in the Granite State? Joining Gwen: Dan Balz,  Washington Post; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News; Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News; John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times.
 

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Airdate: December 16, 2011

Congress fights the clock to avert a government shutdown. Also, now that the last GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucus is over, who is the frontrunner? Plus, the war in Iraq officially ends as the U.S. hands over military control to Iraqis. Joining Gwen: Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal

 

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Airdate: November 25, 2011

The supercommittee failed to reach a budget deal this week, affecting national politics and the economy. Also, the GOP presidential candidates debated foreign policy, with Newt Gingrich facing new scrutiny on his immigration stance. John Dickerson guest-hosts with: Susan Davis, National Journal; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN.

 

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Airdate: November 25, 2011

NOTE: The Full Show for November 25, 2011 will be posted this Friday, please enjoy last week's show and an early Webcast Extra.

On the Webcast Extra: Mitt Romney releases a television advertisement that uses Barack Obama’s words out of context. And what are Romney’s chances in Iowa? Also, is Grover Norquist the Democrats' budget bogeyman? And why the Holiday economic news is a little better this year.

 

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Airdate: November 25, 2011

NOTE: The Full Show for November 25, 2011 will be posted this Friday, please enjoy last week's show and an early Webcast Extra.

On the Webcast Extra: Mitt Romney releases a television advertisement that uses Barack Obama’s words out of context. And what are Romney’s chances in Iowa? Also, is Grover Norquist the Democrats' budget bogeyman.  And why the Holiday economic news is a little better this year.

 

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Airdate: November 25, 2011

The Show for November 25, 2011 will be posted this Friday, please enjoy last week's show and an early Webcast Extra.

On the Webcast Extra: Mitt Romney releases a television advertisement that uses Barack Obama’s words out of context. And what are Romney’s chances in Iowa? Also, is Grover Norquist the Democrats' budget bogeyman.  And why the Holiday economic news is a little better this year.

 

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Airdate: October 21, 2011

Analysis of possible paths forward in Libya now that Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Will the U.S. play a role in nation building?  President Obama announces all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by year's end. And why the GOP debates have become pivotal in the 2012 presidential race.  Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Doyle McManus, LA Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN.

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Airdate: October 7, 2011

Now that Christie and Palin are officially out of the GOP Presidential race, which other candidates will benefit most? Plus, what fundraising totals reveal about the race. Also, President Obama fights for the Jobs Act. And a preview of SCOTUS’s new term. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; Joan Biskupic, USA Today.
 

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Airdate: August 12, 2011

Gwen Ifill reports from Iowa on the 2nd Republican primary debate and the Ames Straw Poll.  Joined by Dan Balz, The Washington Post, they look at the testy exchanges on the debate stage.  Plus, in the Washington Week studio, Judy Woodruff examines the White House’s response to recent troublesome economic news with John Harwood of CNBC/The New York Times and Jackie Calmes, The New York Times.
 

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Airdate: July 22, 2011

House Speaker Boehner has walked away from debt ceiling talks at the White House. President Obama has called for new talks with congressional leaders on Saturday.  Can a deal be made before the Aug 2 deadline?  Joining Gwen Ifill: Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; and John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times
 

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Airdate: June 17, 2011

Analysis of the 2nd GOP Presidential debate, and a new fact check feature “Just the Facts.”  Plus, details of VP Biden’s negotiations on raising the debt ceiling.   Also, the Pentagon and Defense Dept post-Robert Gates & controversy over the US involvement in Libya. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, Time; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; Dan Balz, Washington Post; and Jim Barnes, National Journal.
 

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Airdate: May 27, 2011

With Sarah Palin's new nationwide tour, the panel looks at the changing complexion of the GOP field and reaction to this week’s  NY special election.  Also, President Obama works with European allies on the Mid-East and Libya.  And the Supreme Court decides two important cases. With Helene Cooper, New York Times, Major Garrett, National Journal, Dan Balz, Washington Post, Joan Biskupic, USA Today.
 

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Airdate: May 13, 2011

The impact of Osama bin Laden’s death continues to ripple, straining the U.S.’s relationship with Pakistan. After a bump in the polls, Obama returns to domestic policy while the GOP presidential field adds a few more candidates. Joining Gwen: David Sanger, New York Times; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Dan Balz, Washington Post.
 

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Airdate: April 22, 2011

With gas prices on the rise, an S&P report lowering America's credit outlook, continuing debate over the deficit and a stalemate in Libya, President Obama’s approval numbers have declined just at the moment he launched his reelection campaign.  Joining Gwen tonight: David Wessel/Wall Street Journal; Coral Davenport/ National Journal; Dan Balz/ Washington Post and Martha Raddatz/ABC News.
 

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Airdate: March 11, 2011

The panel looks at the developments in Libya, rising gas prices, the battles over the federal budget and the US assistance after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  Plus, we look at the life of our colleague and longtime Washington Week panelist, David Broder.  Gwen is joined by Dan Balz, The Washington Post, Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times and Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post.

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Airdate: February 11, 2011

After three weeks of mostly peaceful protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned.  What is next for Egypt?  Reporting on this historic day, Tom Gjelten, NPR, and Yochi Dreazen, National Journal.  In the US, President Obama courts big business & the GOP leadership, plus the first Republican cattle call of 2012 with John Harwood, CNBC/New York Times and Dan Balz, Washington Post.
 

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Airdate: January 14, 2011

After the tragedy in Tucson, the panel looks back at the impact of the events in Arizona and Barack Obama’s moment as “Healer in Chief.” Also, the latest on the investigation of Jared Loughner and a profile of Gabrielle Giffords.  Gwen is joined by Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Charles Babington of the Associated Press.
 

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Airdate: December 24, 2010

The latest National Journal’s Insiders Poll on the political winners & losers of 2010.
The panel weighs in, and looks back at a big year for congress and President Obama.  In 2011 will there be gridlock or will “opportunistic bipartisanship” be the phrase of the New Year?  With Peter Baker, Dan Balz, Gloria Borger and Susan Davis.

The new National Journal Political Insiders Poll tracks the winners & losers of 2010

 

 

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Airdate: October 29, 2010

With just days until the elections, candidates unleash a final avalanche of accusations and ads. A look at the landscape and the final push to energize voters. Dan Balz (Washington Post), Jeanne Cummings (Politico), Major Garrett (National Journal) & Jeff Zeleny (New York Times) report on races to watch, unprecedented campaign spending, & look ahead to the post-Election Day political landscape.

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Airdate: September 17, 2010

Little known, Tea Party backed candidate Christine O'Donnell surprisingly won the GOP Senate nomination in Delaware this week. Was it another reminder that establishment, Washington connected politicians are in trouble and will it be a "wave election" this year? Dan Balz (Washington Post), John Dickerson (SLATE & CBS), Jeanne Cummings (Politico) & John Harwood (CNBC & New York Times) join Gwen.

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Airdate: September 3, 2010

This week, the President characterized the end of US combat in Iraq as turning the page.  But what’s the next chapter include?  Fixing the economy looms large, mid-term elections are around the corner & mid-east peace is also on the agenda.  Joining Gwen: Dan Balz (Washington Post); Deborah Solomon (Wall Street Journal); Doyle McManus (LA Times) & John Dickerson (SLATE Magazine & CBS News).

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Airdate: August 13, 2010

Reading the tea leaves on this week's primary election results, the uproar about Defense Secretary Robert Gates cutting his budget and a look at whether Washington works. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Charles Babington of the Associated Press, Nancy Youssef of McClatchy Newspapers, and Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair.

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Airdate: July 16, 2010

This week, a discussion of the financial reform legislation passed this week; the recent polls and political in-fighting between the White House and House Democrats; The ripple effect of the recession; the latest developments in Afghanistan under new commander David Petraeus. Panelists include: Eamon Javers-CNBC, Dan Balz-The Washington Post, Doyle McManus-The LA Times & Martha Raddatz-ABC News.

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Airdate: May 21, 2010

It's all politics around the table this week with analysis on the primary results in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky.  Susan Milligan of The Boston Globe joins the panel.

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Airdate: May 7, 2010

The panel discusses the alleged homegrown terror plot in New York City and the man-made disaster in the Gulf. Elizabeth Shogren of NPR joins the panel, and Dan Balz of The Washington Post reports from London.

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Airdate: April 2, 2010

The panel discusses the president's energy announcement, his first trip to Afghanistan, the recently announced job numbers and the Hutaree militia.

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Airdate: February 12, 2010

Gwen and the panel discuss the bipartisan thaw, the President's overtures and GOP skepticism, the focus on the new jobs bill and Iran's taunting of the West.

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Airdate: January 29, 2010

Analysis of President Obama's focus on domestic issues including jobs, healthcare and his calls for greater cooperation on Capitol Hill.

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Airdate: January 15, 2010

This week Gwen and the panel will discuss the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the history of the poverty-stricken nation, the president's announcement this week that the government will institute new fees on the nation's banks, and the Massachusetts Senate race.

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