Most Recent Appearances by David Wessel

Airdate: December 6, 2013

The positive November job numbers and what it means for the U.S. economic recovery, Obama’s continued push to sell the Affordable Care Act, the impact of the ruling to allow Detroit to apply for bankruptcy, and remembering Nelson Mandela. Joining Gwen: Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Michael Fletcher, Washington Post.

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Airdate: November 8, 2013

We examine the takeaways of the 2013 elections in the lead up to 2014 and 2016; the strategy to get healthcare.gov repaired while also educating the public about Obamacare; the political battle to pass ENDA; and analysis of he October jobs numbers. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; Christie Parsons, Tribune News; Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.

 

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Airdate: 2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

As the government shutdown continues, the next fiscal crisis is already on the horizon. The Treasury says the U.S. will default on its loans on Oct. 17 unless Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling, but House Republicans will not allow the debt ceiling to be raised without some concessions. During last fight to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, a deal was reached just 2 days before U.S. borrowing authority lapsed. The deal included significant cuts in spending, but the cantankerous debate resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.

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Airdate: September 20, 2013

The looming budget battle is pitting Republicans in Congress against Obama, and the fight over healthcare continues. Confrontation and brinksmanship could influence everything from the next Federal Reserve Chairman to gun laws in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting. Joining Gwen: Molly Ball, The Atlantic; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Christi Parsons, Tribune News. 

 

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Airdate: July 5, 2013

During this holiday week, we pause to take stock of the successes and challenges for Congress and the Obama administration.  We examine America's role abroad in Egypt and Syria plus the economic outlook for the remainder.

 

In the Webcast Extra, our panelists discuss Obama’s trip to Africa, fallout from the SCOTUS decisions on Capital Hill, Wendy Davis and her abortion filibuster, and Ben Bernanke’s possible successors.

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Airdate: April 5, 2013

North Korea continues its hostile rhetoric and saber-rattling prompting concerns over their nuclear capabilities.  Also, do today’s  job numbers signify a cooling economy? Plus, momentum for new immigration legislation and this week’s political wrap-up. Joining Gwen: David Sanger, New York Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Fawn Johnson, National Journal; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report.

 

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Airdate: March 1, 2013

We look at why the White House and Congress could not reach a deal to avoid the sequester before the March 1 deadline.  Plus, the potential economic impact of mandatory federal spending cuts.  Also, we analyze the Supreme Court case that challenges a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Joining Gwen: Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Gloria Borger, CNN; and David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.  

 

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Airdate: February 1, 2013

With a combination of contrasting economic data, is the US economy really on the mend? Also, does the recent bipartisan push by Congress indicate a new era for immigration reform?  Plus, Chuck Hagel’s chances of becoming the next Secretary of Defense. Joining Gwen: David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, Fawn Johnson, National Journal; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

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Airdate: January 11, 2013

Obama's second-term cabinet continues to take shape with three new members nominated to his national security and economic teams. The White House considers legislation to curb gun violence. Obama and Karzai agree to speed up Afghan military transition. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; James Kitfield, National Journal; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Christi Parsons, Tribune News.

 

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Airdate: November 16, 2012

With a looming fiscal cliff, we look at the potential for compromise between President Obama and congress. Also, former CIA director David Petraeus agreed to testify about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.  Plus, Romney’s post-election analysis.  Joining Gwen:  Martha Raddatz, ABC News; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Helene Cooper, New York Times; and Charles Babington, Associated Press

 

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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.

Watch the full show from November 25, 2011 here

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Airdate: August 3, 2012

Mitt Romney and President Obama rally undecided voters in battleground states. The Tea Party scores a big victory in Texas runoff with Senate nominee Ted Cruz. Plus, the July jobs report and Congress leaves key legislation unfinished at start of summer recess. Joining Gwen: Amy Walter, ABC News; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; Susan Davis, USA Today.

 

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Airdate: May 18, 2012

As attacks fly between President Obama and Mitt Romney, a conservative super PAC’s developed a controversial Rev. Wright ad campaign. Plus, is Congress heading towards another partisan debt-ceiling showdown? Also, JP Morgan’s losses and Wall Street regulation. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; John Harwood, CNBC/NY Times.

 

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Airdate: May 04, 2012

The U.S. and China continue to negotiate over activist Chen Guangcheng's travel to America. Plus, President Obama visited Afghanistan on the one year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Also, new unemployment numbers and the 2012 presidential race. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Peter Baker, New York Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Charles Babington, Associated Press.

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Airdate: April 6, 2012

After three big wins Mitt Romney has scored more than half of the delegates needed for the GOP presidential nomination. Plus, new unemployment numbers shed light on the economy. Also, female voters, the President’s Supreme Court remarks and more. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Jackie Calmes, New York Times; David Wessel, 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: December 23, 2011

This week, we look back at 2011 and forward to 2012. We’ll analyze battles between Congress and the President, the economy, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the pullout of US troops in Iraq while fighting continues in Afghanistan, and more. Joining Gwen: Helene Cooper, New York Times; Michael Duffy, Time Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; David Wessel, 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: August 19, 2011

Perry is in the race, Pawlenty is out and Bachmann won the straw poll. The GOP candidates continue to blame Obama for the sluggish economic recovery. Also, President Obama plans to announce a jobs program. John Dickerson guest hosts with: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics.com, David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.
 

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Airdate: July 29, 2011

Lawmakers prepare to work through the weekend to reach a debt deal and avoid a U.S. default. What will it take to break the stalemate and how would a default impact Americans? Plus, how Obama, Boehner, and Reid have played it so far. Joining Gwen Ifill: Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; and Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.

 

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Airdate: July 15, 2011

President Obama predicts economic "Armageddon" if the debt ceiling isn't raised by the Aug 2 deadline. Democrats want tax hikes. Republicans want spending cuts. Gwen Ifill drills down on the facts & fiction surrounding the budget crisis with Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Gloria Borger, CNN; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal.
 

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Airdate: July 1, 2011

What will the global economic implications be if Congress does not raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit? Also, Bachmann launched her presidential campaign. Plus, SCOTUS’ruling on the sale of violent video games to children. Joining Pete Williams: David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal; Major Garrett of National Journal; Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times; and Joan Biskupic of USA Today
 

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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 18, 2011

President Obama and the U.N. warn Moammar Gadhafi to stop military action against rebels or face consequences. Meanwhile, after the earthquake, tsunami and partial nuclear plant meltdown in Japan, the U.S. reviews nuclear safety and a look at the global economic impact of the disaster.  Joining Gwen: Tom Gjelten, NPR; Coral Davenport, National Journal; and David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.
 

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Airdate: January 21, 2011

As President Obama welcomes Chinese president Hu Jintao to Washington, the House GOP votes to repeal his healthcare bill.  Now, the focus on the State of the Union address & Mr. Obama's economic goals for 2011. Plus, the new wave of retiring senators.  Around the table: Peter Baker (NY Times), Doyle McManus (LA Times), Karen Tumulty (Washington Post) and David Wessel (Wall St Journal).
 

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Airdate: December 31, 2010

Will a new year bring more bipartisanship and less gridlock to Washington? This week, Michael Duffy (TIME Magazine), Todd Purdum (Vanity Fair), Karen Tumulty (Washington Post), and David Wessel (Wall Street Journal) join Gwen to discuss the major political stories of 2010 and the issues to watch in 2011 including a new Congress, legal challenges to health care reform, and the economic recovery.

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Airdate: October 8, 2010

As both parties rush to fire up their bases, can Democrats regain their footing by November? Peter Baker (New York Times) and Michael Duffy (Time Magazine) discuss party strategies and the latest polling. David Wessel (Wall Street Journal) looks at why the economic recovery has stalled. And Joan Biskupic (USA Today) on whether protesting at military funerals constitutes free speech.

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Airdate: September 10, 2010

Anxiety, fear, insecurity illustrated by continued slow economic growth, looming mid-terms elections and a Florida pastor’s threats to burn the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks made for an unsettled week in Washington. Joining Gwen around the table: Jackie Calmes (New York Times), David Wessel (Wall Street Journal), Karen Tumulty (Washington Post) and Michael Duffy (TIME Magazine).

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Airdate: July 2, 2010

This week, Gwen and the panel analyze the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan; the Supreme Court’s controversial 5-4 decision on handgun ownership; the latest economic and employment news; and the President’s push to refocus on some of his high priority issues like climate change and immigration reform. Plus, remembering Senator Robert Byrd.

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Airdate: April 16, 2010

This week, Gwen will discuss taxes, mixed signals on the economy, the battle over financial reform, plus Palin's Tea Party, Supreme Court politics, and President Obama's foreign policy agenda.

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