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October 18, 2013

Weekly Show

President Barack Obama signed a law to end the government shutdown and extend the U.S. debt limit into 2014. We examine the real cost of the shutdown and what it will take to overcome Washington dysfunction to reach a budget deal. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Jackie Calmes, The New York Times; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News. 

2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

Vault Show

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.

March 15, 2013

Weekly Show

Republicans and Democrats unveiled their budget proposals this week, and President Obama travelled to Capitol Hill to broker a bipartisan deal. Meanwhile, Republicans met for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference where rising GOP stars rallied activists. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate and CBS News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; and Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg.

February 1, 2013

Weekly Show

With a combination of contrasting economic data, is the US economy really on the mend? Also, does the recent bipartisan push by Congress indicate a new era for immigration reform?  Plus, Chuck Hagel’s chances of becoming the next Secretary of Defense. Joining Gwen: David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, Fawn Johnson, National Journal; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

On the Left, Seeing Obama Giving Away Too Much, Again

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For President Obama, the fiscal deal passed by Congress on Tuesday finally ends four years of debate with Republicans about raising tax rates on the wealthy. But it seemed to reopen a debate within his party about the nature of his leadership and his skills as a negotiator.

December 28, 2012

Weekly Show

In our final show of 2012, we explore the year’s significant stories including President Obama’s re-election victory over Mitt Romney; Congress’ tumultuous battles with the White House; and the administration’s challenges abroad. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; John Harwood, CNBC & New York Times; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

Obama Summons Congressional Leaders for ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Talks

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President Obama summoned congressional leaders to a Friday summit at the White House in a last-ditch effort to protect taxpayers, unemployed workers and the fragile U.S. recovery from severe austerity measures set to hit in just four days.

Obama and Boehner Diverge Sharply on Fiscal Plan

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Hopes for a broad deficit-reduction agreement faded on Wednesday as President Obama insisted he had offered Republicans “a fair deal” while Speaker John A. Boehner moved for a House vote as early as Thursday on a scaled-down plan to limit tax increases to yearly incomes of $1 million and up, despite Senate opposition and Mr. Obama’s veto threat.

Fault Lines Also Appearing On Democratic Side In Fiscal Debate

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For weeks, Democrats in Congress have been relishing the division and sniping within Republican ranks over whether to raise tax rates. But as negotiations over the budget crisis wear on and shift to a debate over spending cuts, the tables are turning.

Democratic group to offer tax plan with huge payoff

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Democratic luminaries with ties to the Obama and Clinton administrations, including two former Treasury secretaries and two former White House chiefs of staff, on Tuesday will enter the tax debate with an overhaul plan that would raise an additional $1.8 trillion in the first decade.