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June 29, 2012

Weekly Show

How did the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s health care law come together? Plus, what effect will it have on the election? And a review of other Supreme Court rulings. Also, the House voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt of congress. Joining Gwen: Pete Williams, NBC News; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; John Dickerson, Slate and CBS News; Naftali Bendavid, the Wall Street Journal.

Ad Wars in Arizona Special Election

Essential Reads

Both parties are beginning to pour money into the Arizona district vacated by Gabrielle Giffords in advance of a special election on June 12, as a former Giffords aide faces a candidate who narrowly lost to Ms. Giffords two years ago.

March 23, 2012

Weekly Show

After the controversial killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, in Florida, national attention focuses on "Stand Your Ground" laws & the local police department. Plus, Mitt Romney wins Illinois but still faces criticism from conservatives. Also, a look at the GOP budget. Joining Gwen: Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Sam Youngman, Reuters; Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal.

 

Poll: Santorum Surges in Pennsylvania

On The Radar

Rick Santorum might not seem like a good candidate for a “favorite son” vote in Pennsylvania. After all, last time he ran in the state, Mr. Santorum was clobbered by 18 points in his 2006 Senate re-election race—one of the worst losses for a sitting senator in decades.
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Obama’s Approval Numbers Climb

On The Radar

The recent run of positive economic news, modest though it may be, appears to be sinking in with voters and giving President Barack Obama his best approval numbers in a while. The latest Gallup tracking poll shows more people approving of Mr. Obama’s job performance than disapproving, by a 49%-45%. Those numbers are not overwhelming, but the trend is unmistakably good for Mr. Obama; it’s the first time he’s been in positive territory since the start of this year.

Hoekstra Super Bowl Ad Draws Criticism

On The Radar

Former Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who’s hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan, is facing criticism for 30-second ad that aired in Michigan during the Super Bowl and features an Asian woman speaking broken English. In the ad, the woman rides a bike through rice paddies as Asian-sounding music plays in the background.
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Sen. Lieberman Cites Dr. Seuss’ Moose

On The Radar

Senators often quote weighty historical figures to back up their arguments on the Senate floor. Alexis de Tocqueville is a big favorite. So is Alexander Hamilton. The late Sen. Robert Byrd (D., W. Va.), was famous for citing Roman orators that few of his colleagues had heard of. Then there’s Dr. Seuss.
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Candidates Brace for Brawl in South Carolina

On The Radar

Republican candidates plunged into what's likely to be a hard-hitting run-up to the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, with unleash millions of dollars being spent on ads, many of them negative. Naftali Bendavid has details on Campaign Journal.

Candidates Brace for Brawl in South Carolina

On The Radar

The Republican presidential candidates plunged Wednesday into what's likely to be a hard-hitting run-up to the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary, with campaigns and the groups supporting them ready to unleash millions of dollars in ads, many of them negative.
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Will Compromise Hurt or Help Santorum in Campaign?

On The Radar

During his time in Congress, Rick Santorum worked within the system, not against it. How Santorum fares could answer a key question about what kind of conservative Republicans are looking for. Naftali Bendavid has details on Campaign Journal.