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February 7, 2014

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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

 

January 3, 2014

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We look ahead to the priorities and challenges facing the Obama administration and Congress in 2014 following a year when partisan gridlock produced more challenges and setbacks than legislative progress. Joining John Harwood of CNBC/The New York Times: Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

GOP Rifts Exposed in South Carolina

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The challenges facing the Republican Party as it heads into the elections of 2014 and 2016 were on stark display here this weekend as South Carolina Republicans gathered for their annual convention, an event that revealed a party in the throes of some internal strife.

Q. & A. With David Axelrod

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Black Voters Are Key to a Colbert Busch Win in South Carolina

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South Carolina’s First Congressional District is known for the churning Port of Charleston, growing suburbs to the north, and stately homes with wrap-around porches from Beaufort to Mount Pleasant. The white, well-heeled voters who dominate the district favored Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by 18 percentage points.

Tonight on Washington Week: A Look Back at 2012

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After a tough re-election, we take a look at the challenges President Obama will face in his second term [Photo: CNN].

December 28, 2012

On the eve of a new year and the start of President Obama’s second term, we will pause to examine the significant news stories of 2012 including prickly partisan politics, a turbulent and tight presidential race, and international conflicts that are reshaping U.S. foreign policy.

The GOP's Electoral College Scheme

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Republicans alarmed at the apparent challenges they face in winning the White House are preparing an all-out assault on the Electoral College system in critical states, an initiative that would significantly ease the party's path to the Oval Office.

Jeb Bush talks education, but politics comes to mind

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The former governor was passionate and persuasive as he opened his fifth annual education conference in Washington, D.C. He made a strong case for holding all students to the same academic standards as a way to bridge the nation’s growing income inequality gaps, seamlessly blending the concerns of liberals and conservatives, suburban moms and corporate executives. Among the hundreds of policy wonks in the audience were powerful political consultants and fundraisers chomping at the bit should he run for public office again.

PBS Newshour: President Obama's Second Term Agenda Begins With Stressing Compromise on Budget

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With automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to hit in January 2013, President Barack Obama hopes to find a "grand bargain" solution to U.S. budget woes. Gwen Ifill talks to Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, about President Obama's latest efforts to push compromise on Capitol Hill.

Petraeus scandal widens: Gen. Allen implicated in affair

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An investigation into the top commander in Afghanistan's possible relationship has been revealed.