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January 11, 2013

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Obama's second-term cabinet continues to take shape with three new members nominated to his national security and economic teams. The White House considers legislation to curb gun violence. Obama and Karzai agree to speed up Afghan military transition. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; James Kitfield, National Journal; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Christi Parsons, Tribune News.

 

PBS Newshour: Lawmakers Promise Tough Questions for Defense, CIA Nominees

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Judy Woodruff reports on President Obama's nominations of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director. Gwen Ifill talks to Jessica Tuchman Mathews of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Reuel Marc Gerecht of Foundation for Defense of Democracies about the president's picks.

January 04, 2013

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We ring in 2013 with analysis of the last-minute bipartisan deal that averted a financial crisis and examine future battles between the White House and Congress over spending cuts and the deficit.  Plus, will the partisan divide remain entrenched with the incoming 113th Congress? Joining Gwen: Susan Davis, USA Today; Peter Baker, New York Times; Eamon Javers, CNBC; and Michael Viqueira, NBC News.

 

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

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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.

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.

Boehner Pins Responsibility for Avoiding ‘Fiscal Cliff’ on Obama, Democrats

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House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) sought to shift responsibility Friday to President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate to reach an agreement to avert a series of spending cuts and tax hikes after his fellow Republicans delivered a stunning rebuke to Boehner’s own plan to raise taxes on those making more than $1 million.

Next Move Is Obama’s After Boehner’s Tax Plan Fails

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With House Republicans’ revolt over their leader’s tax plan the evening before, President Obama on Friday faced the challenge of finding a new tax-and-spending solution — perhaps working now with Senate Republicans — to prevent a looming fiscal crisis in January.

Obama Names Kerry as Nominee to Replace Clinton at State

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President Barack Obama named Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as his choice to become the next U.S. secretary of state, saying he has the respect and trust of leaders around the world.