President Obama on Monday commuted the prison sentences of 46 men and women as part of a political push to show solidarity with the African-American base of his party and to encourage congressional support for legislative reforms before he leaves office.
Hosting a rockfish and crab lunch for a visiting Vietnamese leader, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. seemed subdued as he talked of a painful history and a promising future between the United States and Vietnam. He ad-libbed some remarks, made a few mild jokes and stared straight ahead when his guest spoke.
As President Obama prepares to complete sweeping regulations aimed at tackling climate change, at least five Republican governors, including two presidential hopefuls, say they may refuse to carry out the rules in their states.
"We all bring our own filters to our world. There is nothing wrong with that, especially if we use an appreciation of each other's filters to understand how our complicated and sometimes clashing life experiences define the American idea."
America’s stars and stripes will fly over an American embassy in Havana this month for the first time since 1961. Flying nearly as high after more than six years in office are President Obama’s job approval numbers.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.