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Marijuana Legalization at the Voting Booth

December 31, 2015
17 states are considering marijuana legalization efforts in 2016.

The Rise of Vitriol on the Campaign Trial

December 22, 2015
The two ends of the political spectrum aren’t talking – they’re shouting.

Ash Carter: First Year as Pentagon Chief

December 17, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been serving for less than a year, but he has instituted two major changes at the Pentagon: allowing women to serve in combat and adopting anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and lesbian troops. Gwen Ifill spoke to POLITICO's Michael Crowley who describes Carter as a "creature of the Pentagon" -- someone familiar with building and how to get things done.

The Impact of Immigration on Fairfax County, Virginia

September 30, 2015
Nearly one in three residents of Fairfax County was born outside the United States.

A Nation of Immigrants

September 30, 2015
In the past 50 years, America's legal immigrant population has tripled.

Right to Rise: The Role of Jeb Bush's Super PAC

August 27, 2015
With the rapid rise of outside money in political campaigns, how will the pro-Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise impact the 2016 race?

Day-to-Day Covering Jeb Bush's Presidential Campaign

August 26, 2015
What's it like to travel the country reporting on a presidential candidate? Gwen talks to The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe -- who has been reporting on the Bush campaign since February -- about what it's like behind-the-scenes with the one-time Republican frontrunner.

Ten Years of The Roberts Court

July 1, 2015
As the Supreme Court wrapped up its term this week with major decisions on the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, the death penalty and Congressional redistricting, Chief Justice John Roberts also marked 10 years as the leader of the nine justices. How has Chief Justice John Roberts left his mark on the Supreme Court in his first decade?

Justice Anthony Kennedy: The Decider

June 10, 2015
Justice Anthony Kennedy has developed a reputation as "the decider" of big Supreme Court cases on divisive issues from gay rights to race.
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