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The Era of Big Legislation is (Almost) Over

January 13, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post
Today, negotiators are expected to unveil a more than $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year that should be easily passed by the end of the week. Later this month, a conference committee is expected to put the finishing touches on a long-delayed Farm Bill. And completion of those two big bills will come just a few weeks after Congress passed a bipartisan budget agreement with very little resistance.
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Critics Say Chemical Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations

January 13, 2014
Coral Davenport, Ashley Southall | The New York Times
Last week’s major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, which cut off water to more than 300,000 people, came in a state with a long and troubled history of regulating the coal and chemical companies that form the heart of its economy.

Election '13 Takeaways, Healthcare Rollout Woes Continue

November 8, 2013
What were the lessons from the 2013 elections and what do they mean for 2014 and 2016?
Webcast Extra

Webcast Extra: A missed opportunity for the GOP?

October 11, 2013
Panelists discuss whether the GOP missed an opportunity to take down Obamacare.
From the Vault

2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

Air Date: 
July 29, 2011
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. Gwen Ifill discussed the debate with Jeanne Cummings, Major Garrett, Karen Tumulty, and David Wessel.

Mid-Year Report Card

July 5, 2013
Mid-Year report card, America's role in Egypt, economic outlook for rest of 2013.

North Korea Blusters, Jobs & the Economy, and Political Wrap

April 5, 2013
North Korea continues to be problematic and focus on the economy, immigration and politics
From the Vault

President Obama visits Capitol Hill

Air Date: 
January 30, 2009
As President Obama travels to Capitol Hill to meet with Republicans and Democrats to negotiate a budget compromise, we look in our Vault to 2009 when the president headed to the Hill only a week after his inauguration. With the Senate and House both controlled by Democrats, the president met with Republicans to garner bipartisan support for the $787 billion economic stimulus package. The House passed the bill without any Republican support the next day. On our January 30, 2009 show, Alexis Simendinger and John Dickerson talked about the effort at bipartisanship.
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Webcast Extra: Economic Recovery and Budget Battles

March 8, 2013
The panelists preview nest week's budget negotiations in the Senate.
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