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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
From the Vault

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 the Bush administration. The discussion – seven year ago—highlights an historic debate over how far the government should go in surveillance of Americans.

Obama's Gun Violence Policies and Second-Term Priorities

January 18, 2013
Gwen and the panelists discuss pre-inauguration expectations
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New Republican leadership, Right-to-Work, North Korea

December 14, 2012
Panelists discuss the future of unions, Republicans, North Korea, and cabinet positions.
From the Vault

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 national politics and the economy.
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Wikileaks

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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 against Assange from the Vault with Gwen Ifill, Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; and Martha Raddatz, ABC News.
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