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March 19, 2010

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Gwen and the panel examine the particulars, the process, and the hurdles that remain in the countdown to health care reform.

Deadlines, Schmedlines...

Gwen's Take

“If you don’t set deadlines in this town, things don’t happen.
The default position is inertia.”
– President Barack Obama July 22, 2009

We enter another weekend with yet another health care deadline hanging low on Washington’s horizon. It will be neither the first nor the last time that gauntlets have been thrown down.

PBS NewsHour: Political Scramble Intensifies on Health Reform Bill

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March 16, 2010

House Democrats continued the hunt for the 216 votes needed to pass the health care reform bill. Gwen Ifill talks to a health care reporter about how lawmakers may maneuver to push the legislation over the finish line. 

PBS NewsHour: Abuse Accusations Besiege Catholic Church

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March 17, 2010

Catholics in Ireland and Germany are seeking apologies and explanations as allegations of child abuse have besieged the Vatican's inner-circle. 

PBS NewsHour: Deaths of Americans Raise New Concerns Over Mexico's Drug War

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March 15, 2010

U.S. and Mexican authorities are investigating the possible drug cartel violence that left two Americans and a Mexican with ties to the U.S. consulate in Juarez dead over the weekend. Gwen Ifill talks to a journalist about the escalating violence across the border.


Gwen's Take

I loved the movie "Up." I would have given it my Oscar party vote for Best Picture if I hadn't seen (and loved) "The Hurt Locker."

But the part of “Up” which makes me laugh out loud every time I see the clip again, was the part about the talking dog. In it, an enthusiastic cartoon puppy speaks. (For some reason, I find talking dogs pretty funny.) But in this movie, just when he’s about to make a point, a squirrel (or something) dashes by. The poor canine immediately loses his train of thought in all the excitement, exclaiming “Squirrel!” and dashing off to chase it.

PBS NewsHour: 'Jihad Jane' Suspect Suggests Changing Face of Terrorism

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March 10, 2010

American Colleen LaRose, the self-proclaimed "Jihad Jane," faces terror charges for trying to murder a Swedish artist for his depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Gwen Ifill talks to a reporter about the threat of domestic terrorism.

PBS NewsHour: Nigeria's Government Struggles to Restore Order after Massacre

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March 9, 2010

The Nigerian military is asking for patience as it tries to contain the escalating violence that left as many as 500 people dead Sunday. Gwen Ifill talks to American University's Patrick Ukata and the president of The Fund for Peace, Pauline Baker, about the political and sectarian violence in Nigeria.

PBS NewsHour: Iraq Elections Hint at Progress Despite Attacks

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March 8, 2010

Iraqis went to the polls this week to cast votes in the country's parliamentary election. With the results forthcoming, Gwen Ifill talks to a reporter in Baghdad about the larger-than-expected turnout, the security situation and how the next government might take shape.

PBS NewsHour: Iraqis Vote in Pivotal Election, Undaunted by Deadly Attacks

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March 8, 2010

Turnout in Iraq's parliamentary election topped 60 percent, despite a wave of attacks targeting the polls that killed at least 38 people. Gwen Ifill reports.