Related Content: Janet Hook

February 7, 2014

Weekly Show

The latest political battle over healthcare sparked by a recent CBO report, why Democrats aren't promoting Obamacare successes, January job numbers & stock market anxiety plus a closer look at the 2014 political battle lines. Joining Gwen: Jim Tankersley, Washington Post; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; Beth Reinhard, National Journal; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

 

Sex Selection Is New Front in Abortion Battle

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Republicans opened a new front in their battle against abortion Thursday, by calling a House vote on legislation to ban abortions conducted for the purposes of sex selection. But the bill, which would punish doctors who perform sex-selection abortions, failed to pass the House because GOP leaders brought it to a vote under fast-track procedures requiring a two thirds majority. The bill drew a 246-168 majority, but fell short of two thirds.

Democrats Want a Fighting President

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Americans increasingly want their presidents to fight for what they believe in rather than seek compromise — and much of the attitude change comes from Democrats, a fresh look at the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll shows.

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A smart phone captures a snap shot of President Obama in the East Room of the White House (CNN)

Asked About Gay Rights, Boehner Sticks to Economy

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One day after President Barack Obama roiled the political world by declaring his support for gay marriage, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) Thursday seemed determined to keep his distance from the subject. Pressed on the gay marriage issue at his weekly press conference, Mr. Boehner repeatedly tried to steer the discussion back to the economy.

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Both Parties Wooing Seniors

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President Barack Obama and Democrats are counting on regaining support from older voters who switched to the GOP in 2008 and 2010 by attacking Republican plans to revamp Medicare. But Mitt Romney is proving to be a formidable competitor in this battle. The Republican presidential front-runner has drawn large shares of older voters during the primaries, and recent polls show him ahead of Mr. Obama among seniors in swing states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Poll: Senate Democrats Lead in Florida, Ohio

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Propelled by strong support among women in two swing states, Senate Democrats in Ohio and Florida are sitting on wide leads over their Republican challengers, according to a pair of Quinnipiac University polls that bodes well for Democratic efforts to keep their Senate majority.
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Santorum, Gingrich Make Final Pitches in Mississippi, Alabama

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On the eve of a crucial primary in the Deep South, Rick Santorum intensified his effort to convince conservative voters that he alone has the untarnished conservative record Republicans need to take on President Barack Obama in this fall’s elections. He took that campaign theme to the heart of the Gulf Coast at a meeting of pro-drilling groups here. Mr. Santorum portrayed Newt Gingrich as a faux-conservative with a soft spot for global warming science and protecting endangered animal species.

Pro-Santorum Ad Hits Both Rivals

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Rick Santorum’s supporters, one day after clamoring for rival Newt Gingrich to drop out of the Republican presidential race, are heading to the Deep South to air a new ad arguing that neither of his rivals can win in the fall general election.
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Romney Builds Momentum

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Mitt Romney, buoyed by a fresh victory in Nevada, appears to be shoring up support among the conservative voters who once appeared tempted by his rivals, putting the former Massachusetts governor in the strongest position since Republicans began voting a month ago.
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Romney Delivers a Low Blow to Gingrich

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GOP front-runner Mitt Romney struck an especially low blow at Newt Gingrich in South Carolina Tuesday: He compared the former speaker to Al Gore.
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