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The Costs of Paying for Unemployment Insurance

January 7, 2014
Fawn Johnson | Real Clear Politics
Republicans are throwing a wrench into the debate over unemployment benefits by insisting that spending cuts offset any extension of federal aid for the long-term jobless.

Post-Shutdown Washington: Political Divides & Dysfunction

October 18, 2013
The U.S. Government shuts down, the debt ceiling debate continues & the health insurance

Government Shutdown, Short-Term Debt Deal, Yellen to the Fed

October 11, 2013
Government Shutdown, Short-Term Debt Deal, Yellen to the Fed & SCOTUS on Campaign Finance
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Government Shutdown of 1995

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November 17, 1995
Four days into the government shutdown of 1995, the focus was on how to resolve the stalemate and where the political blame would be laid…on President Bill Clinton, or new House GOP Leader Newt Gingrich. The arguments sound familiar; the deficit and balancing the budget.
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NSA Domestic Surveillance

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May 12, 2006
With recent revelations about the National Security Agency's expansive data-collection efforts, we look in our vault to May 12, 2006, when our panelists discussed the fallout over a secret NSA program that tracked and saved a database of millions of phone calls during...
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Deficit Deal Stalemate

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November 25, 2011
Newly re-elected, President Obama has to find a way to get a divided Congress to reach an agreement to prevent a fiscal crisis or risk pushing the country into recession. We look in the vault to November 2011 when the supercommittee failed to reach a budget deal affecting...
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July 30, 2010
Britain's Supreme Court wants to deport Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to Sweden to face sex-crime allegations. Assange is also facing espionage charges in the U.S. for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military and diplomatic documents. The case...
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2008 Bank Bailout

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October 3, 2008
The 2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts have undoubtedly shaped the current economy and the politics leading to the 2012 Presidential election. How did the 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama approach these subjects in their campaigns? Joining Gwen...
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"The Era of Big Government is Over:" Clinton's 1996 State of the Union

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January 26, 1996
In his 1996 reelection, President Clinton’s tried to claim the role as the fiscal responsibility candidate from the Republicans, much like President Obama is trying to do today. In his State of the Union that year, he famously said, "The era of big government is over...
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