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December 16, 2011

Weekly Show

Congress fights the clock to avert a government shutdown. Also, now that the last GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucus is over, who is the frontrunner? Plus, the war in Iraq officially ends as the U.S. hands over military control to Iraqis. Joining Gwen: Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journal

 

Romney Blasts Gingrich as ‘Extremely Unreliable’ Conservative Leader

On The Radar

Mitt Romney blasted Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich on Tuesday as an “extremely unreliable leader in the conservative world” who has taken positions in the campaign that should give GOP voters pause as they consider their choices for the party’s nomination. Romney, in an interview with The Washington Post, offered some of his toughest criticism to date of the politician whose sudden rise in the polls has made him, at least for now, the front-runner for the nomination.

Gingrich Emerges as Clear Front-Runner in Iowa

On The Radar

Propelled by his debate performances and the demise of Herman Cain’s candidacy, former House speaker Newt Gingrich sits atop the Republican presidential field in Iowa with a clear lead over his closest competitors, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Gingrich, according to the survey, has advantages that extend well beyond the horse race that put him in an enviable position in the final weeks before the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses, which serve as the formal start of the long nominating season.

In 2012 GOP race, governors stay on sidelines

On The Radar

Less than five weeks before the first votes are cast in Iowa, Republican governors are still on the sidelines in the contest to decide who their presidential nominee will be in 2012. Only a few governors have endorsed a candidate in the Republican race. The hesitance of the others suggests that, like many Republican voters, they have yet to find an ideal candidate. But in remaining neutral, the governors may be squandering the potential to have a significant influence in the outcome.

After 2008, Romney works a very different campaign

On The Radar

Four years ago, Mitt Romney was done in when he ended up fighting a multi-front battle against different opponents. This year, it has been his lucky fate to escape any real battles from any specific opponent. That will soon change. Romney’s 2008 strategy, built on the assumption that someone not nationally known could take the nomination only by winning early and often, was based on some sound assumptions. What he didn’t anticipate was how the campaign would unfold against him.

November 25, 2011

Weekly Show

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.

 

October 21, 2011

Weekly Show

Analysis of possible paths forward in Libya now that Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Will the U.S. play a role in nation building?  President Obama announces all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by year's end. And why the GOP debates have become pivotal in the 2012 presidential race.  Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Doyle McManus, LA Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN.

October 7, 2011

Weekly Show

Now that Christie and Palin are officially out of the GOP Presidential race, which other candidates will benefit most? Plus, what fundraising totals reveal about the race. Also, President Obama fights for the Jobs Act. And a preview of SCOTUS’s new term. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; Joan Biskupic, USA Today.
 

August 12, 2011

Weekly Show

Gwen Ifill reports from Iowa on the 2nd Republican primary debate and the Ames Straw Poll.  Joined by Dan Balz, The Washington Post, they look at the testy exchanges on the debate stage.  Plus, in the Washington Week studio, Judy Woodruff examines the White House’s response to recent troublesome economic news with John Harwood of CNBC/The New York Times and Jackie Calmes, The New York Times.
 

June 17, 2011

Weekly Show

Analysis of the 2nd GOP Presidential debate, and a new fact check feature “Just the Facts.”  Plus, details of VP Biden’s negotiations on raising the debt ceiling.   Also, the Pentagon and Defense Dept post-Robert Gates & controversy over the US involvement in Libya. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, Time; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; Dan Balz, Washington Post; and Jim Barnes, National Journal.