Most Recent Appearances by Charles Babington

Airdate: May 2, 2014

New job numbers were released Friday, the latest U.S. sanctions on Russia, a new poll thats finds Americans want less foreign engagement and a look at North Carolina's senate election. Joining Gwen: Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; Jim Tankersley, Washington Post, Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics and Charles Babington, Associated Press.

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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: 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: 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: May 10, 2013

The latest on the House Oversight Committee hearings on Benghazi, the diplomatic dance between the U.S. and Russia over the Syrian civil war, Congress addresses immigration and guns, and African-Americans in 2012 voted at a higher rate than white Americans. At the roundtable: Peter Baker, New York Times; Charles Babington, AP; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; and Jeff Zeleny of ABC News.

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Airdate: March 8, 2013

The panelists examine Obama's Republican “charm offensive” aimed at finding bipartisan solutions to the budget crisis. Also, with the stock market surge and positive job numbers, we look at the the unexpected boom following the spending cuts. Plus, the implications of Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster. Joining Gwen: Greg Ip, Economist; and Susan Davis, USA Today; and Charles Babington, AP.

 

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Airdate: January 18, 2013

Amidst the pomp and circumstance surrounding President Obama’s inauguration, we take a closer look at the foreign and domestic policy issues confronting his second term. Plus, the administration’s plan to take on  gun violence and the debt ceiling.  Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, New York Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Charles Babington, Associated Press.

 

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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: October 19, 2012

As President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prepare for their final debate, the roundtable analyzes the fiesty, second debate, the ever-tightening poll numbers, and the issues that are most important in the countdown to Election Day. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, New York Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; Amy Walter, ABC News; Charles Babington, Associated Press. 

 

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Airdate: September 28, 2012

Special Washington Week from St. Louis, Missouri: With 40 days to go before the election, can Mitt Romney regain lost ground in a half dozen battleground states? Does early voting have an impact on the election? Also, we preview the upcoming debates. Joining Gwen:  Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; Jim Tankersley, National Journal; and Charles Babington, Associated Press.

 

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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: 2008 Bank Bailout

The 2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts have undoubtedly shaped the current economy and the politics leading to the 2012 Presidential election. How did the 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama approach these subjects in their campaigns? Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Charles Babington, Associated Press; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Jeanne Cummings, Politico.

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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: March 2, 2012

 As we head into Super Tuesday, which GOP candidate has momentum and how will Tuesday’s primaries change the race? Meanwhile, President Obama makes campaign-like speeches in Michigan and New York. Also, Senator Olympia Snow resigns, saying there is no longer bipartisanship in Congress. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Gloria Borger, CNN; Charles Babington, Associated Press.

 

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Airdate: January 20, 2012

On the Webcast Extra: The panelists discuss what the voters are saying as they report from across South Carolina. Also, analysis of the evangelical and tea party's presence in the South Carolina primary. Is the republican party in the middle of an identity crisis? And a look at what influence Nikki Haley and South Carolina's congressional representatives have on the race.

 

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Airdate: December 9, 2011

 Newt Gingrich soars past Mitt Romney in the polls in three out of four early primary states. Rick Perry makes a push, but is it now a two-man race? Plus President Barack Obama makes a push for the payroll tax cut extensions.

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Airdate: November 4, 2011

Alleged harassment scandals continue to dog Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain, as the other GOP candidates consider how to handle the controversy. Plus a discussion on the global economy, Greece, the G20 meetings, and new U.S. job numbers. Joining Gwen: John Harris, Politico; Chuck Babington, Associated Press; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Jim Tankersley, National Journal.

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Airdate: September 2, 2011

As unemployment numbers stay at 9.1%, a very public spat between President Obama and House Speaker Boehner on the timing of an address to Congress. Plus, analysis on the politics & finances of rebuilding after Hurricane Irene. And an update on GOP fundraising. Joining Gwen: Naftali Bendavid, Wall St Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Eamon Javers, CNBC.

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Airdate: September 16, 2011

President Obama took his jobs plan straight to voters this week amidst a bounty of bad news including a jump in unemployment benefit applications, and a spike in the number of people living in poverty.  Also: analysis of the Tea Party debate. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Dickerson of Slate/CBS News, Beth Reinhard of National Journal, Charles Babington of AP, Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post.
 

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Airdate: August 5, 2011

The economy is the worst it’s been in years. Why and how did we get to this point?

Also, with all the infighting in Washington these past 3-months, how did the debt deal come together and how will it effect the 2012 elections? Plus, voter confidence and its impact on the polls. With Michael Duffy, Time; Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal; and Charles Babington, Associated Press.

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Airdate: May 6, 2011

After U.S. forces kill Osama bin Laden, America rejoices but the war on terror continues. The panel looks at the intelligence that led to bin Laden, the political and national security impact, and the strained US-Pakistan relationship. Joining guest host, Gloria Borger: James Kitfield, National Journal, Tom Gjelten, NPR, Peter Baker, New York Times, and Charles Babington, AP.
 

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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 10, 2010

House Democrats turned against President Obama because of his tax compromise with the GOP. Gwen Ifill discusses the deadlock in the current lame duck congress with Jackie Calmes (NY Times) Charles Babington (Associated Press) and Lori Montgomery (Washington Post).  Also, Tom Gjelten (NPR) reports on the latest news surrounding the WikiLeaks disclosures, including the arrest of Julian Assange.
 

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Airdate: October 22, 2010

Accusations and attack ads abound as midterm races get down to the wire. Karen Tumulty (Washington Post) reports on California’s contentious elections, Doyle McManus (Los Angeles Times) analyzes the too-close-to-call PA Senate race, Charles Babington (AP) discusses Obama’s last-minute campaign blitz. And Kate Zernike (New York Times) looks at the Tea Party’s impact on the 2010 elections.

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Airdate: August 27, 2010

Outsiders make news in AK & FL primaries, while John McCain bucked the trend in AZ. The war of words on the economy heats up as House GOP Leader John Boehner fires the latest salvo. And federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is halted.  Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post; Charles Babington of the Associated Press; Eamon Javers of CNBC; and Pete Williams of NBC News join Gwen.

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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: June 18, 2010

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The panel discusses the President's oval office address and the latest developments surrounding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; the war strategy for the US in Afghanistan; and the Supreme Court's decision on whether private text messages on company owned devises should stay private, plus a look ahead to the last week of the high court's session this term.

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Airdate: May 14, 2010

The panel discusses a week of rapidly developing stories, including the President's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to The Supreme Court, President Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington, the continuing oil spill in the Gulf and its effects on energy policy, and the upcoming primary elections. Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post joins the panel this week.

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Airdate: April 9, 2010

This week Gwen and the panel discuss Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement that he will retire this summer, the recently-signed START treaty,  developments in Afghanistan, and the debate within the Republican Party over the Tea Party and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

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Airdate: March 12, 2010

This week Gwen and the panel discuss the administration's final health care push, the influential role of the Blue Dog Democrats, the messy exit of Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) and the role of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

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