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Who Knew the Supreme Court Could Be Funny?

Gwen's Take

Perhaps Antonin Scalia has met his match.

It is all well and good that the high court’s most conservative justice probably disagrees with Elena Kagan on nearly everything involving Constitutional interpretation.

But Scalia and Kagan may find far more common ground when it comes to cracking each other up.

If you were watching Kagan’s Senate confirmation hearings – and you can be forgiven if you didn’t have 10 or 20 hours to spare – you may have noticed a remarkable amount of lightheartedness in the room.

June 27, 2008

Vault Show

THIS WEEK, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the 2nd amendment right to bear arms in a controversial case overturning Chicago’s hand-gun ban.  Just two years ago, the Roberts court signaled that it might rule this way when it struck down Washington, DC’s hand-gun ban.  But since DC was a federal enclave, gun rights supporters challenged Chicago's local law. Linda Greenhouse, then of the New York Times, and Pete Williams of NBC News analyze the decision overturning DC's law two years ago.
 

General McChrystal and the Gift of 20/20 Hindsight

Gwen's Take

Several of us had a debate going on Wednesday morning.  Would the President fire Stan McChrystal?  Would he leave him in charge because change would be too risky?  Or would he kick the can down the road and replace him at some future point?
 
The debate was good-natured, innocent and kind of silly – especially since most of us, in the end, guessed wrong.
 

PBS NewsHour: Reporters Explore Possible Causes for Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Oil Leak

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June 21, 2010

New reports suggest that BP cut corners on safety in the design of the blown-out oil well in the Gulf. Gwen Ifill talks to two reporters about what investigations are revealing about the oil giant's actions before the rig exploded and the oil leak began.

June 18, 2010

Weekly Show

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The panel discusses the President's oval office address and the latest developments surrounding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; the war strategy for the US in Afghanistan; and the Supreme Court's decision on whether private text messages on company owned devises should stay private, plus a look ahead to the last week of the high court's session this term.

PBS NewsHour: Gulf States Face Long Road to Environmental, Economic Recovery

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June 15, 2010

As criticism of BP and the Obama administration's handling of the Gulf spill continues, Gwen Ifill talks to two local officials about the president's visit and what it will take for the region to bounce back from the environmental and economic devastation.

Covering the oil disaster

Gwen's Take

As President Obama struggled to assert control over what is clearly an uncontrollable situation, I had the chance to assess the unspooling oil disaster dilemma this week by talking to folks living with it, and folks watching from afar.

If White House officials listened to either conversation, they will detect that their greatest enemy may be the uncapped well, but the second greatest is despair.

June 11, 2010

Weekly Show

The panel takes on the politics of the Gulf oil spill, Tuesday's election results and what they could mean for November. And are Democrats beginning to distance themselves from the President?

And the conversation continues online. This week, Gwen and the panel will discuss the the results of the primary elections across the country this past Tuesday, and the political ramifications to both the Obama administration and the President himself on the handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Unconventional Wisdom

Gwen's Take

I am frequently wrong. Now there’s an admission you won’t hear that often from someone who makes a living in Washington.

But this most recent round of primary results reminded me of all of the times I have assumed outcomes and wound up on the wrong end of a prediction. There are sitting members of Congress who still give me the hairy eyeball when we meet because I underestimated them once. This is the real reason I am not a pundit. I hate being wrong, and am so good at it.

PBS NewsHour: Gulf Faces Long Road to Restoration From Oil Spill

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June 7, 2010

Federal officials said the amount of oil escaping into the Gulf of Mexico is beginning to slow, but the cleanup and restoration will likely span years. Gwen Ifill talks to two environmental experts about efforts to mitigate the damage.