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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.

April 19, 2013

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In a week that stunned the nation, we look at the attack on the Boston Marathon and the suspect manhunt that has consumed the city of Boston. Also, we look at the politics behind the “shameful” defeat of gun control legislation. Plus, how do leaders respond to uncertain times. Joining Gwen: Tom Gjelten, NPR; Peter Baker, New York Times; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post.

April 12, 2013

Weekly Show

The Senate voted to begin debating legislation to curb gun violence. Also, Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget plan that rankled both Republicans and Democrats. Plus, the political calculation behind the president’s outreach to conservatives. Joining Gwen: Ed O’Keefe, Washington Post; John Harwood CNBC and New York Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News; Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

April 5, 2013

Weekly Show

North Korea continues its hostile rhetoric and saber-rattling prompting concerns over their nuclear capabilities.  Also, do today’s  job numbers signify a cooling economy? Plus, momentum for new immigration legislation and this week’s political wrap-up. Joining Gwen: David Sanger, New York Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Fawn Johnson, National Journal; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report.

 

PBS Newshour: Congressional Seats Go Unexpectedly Up for Grabs Soon After 2012 Election

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Death, resignation and high-profile jobs have resulted in an unusual number of newly competitive Senate openings. Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz and NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni walk through with Gwen Ifill the political cause and effect of congressional vacancies in Massachusetts, Hawaii and South Carolina.

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.

If Women Ruled the World

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Diane Sawyer interviewed female senators that make up the 20 record-breaking women in the 113th congress. The interview will air in early 2013  [Photo: ABC News].

Maine Republican Susan Collins and 18 other members of the United States Senate gathered for a kind of celebratory interview the other day.

McConnell Takes Hard Line

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has found shrewd ways to solve some of Washington's most intractable budget standoffs. In the current battle, the Kentucky Republican is taking a notably tougher tone, leading colleagues to wonder about his role as the debate unfolds.

Filibuster fight adds drama to 'fiscal cliff' talks

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A brewing side drama between the Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders is testing their relationship as the two navigate tough negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" coming at the end of the year.

Fiscal cliff negotiators are facing high hurdles

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It's entirely possible that lawmakers and the White House will reach a deal that staves off an avalanche of tax increases and deep cuts in government programs before a Jan. 1 deadline. To do so, however, they'll have to resolve deep political and fiscal disagreements that have stymied them time after time despite repeated promises to overcome them.