In the last year, a once-obscure extremist group has overrun some of Iraq’s major cities, seized control of oil wells, industries and banks and emerged as the world’s richest and most feared terrorist force.
The Obama administration on Tuesday increased its efforts to ease Israel’s opposition to a possible nuclear deal with Iran, as the top American military leader assured Israeli officials that the United States would further strengthen Israel’s arsenal of arms, warplanes and cybertechnology.
President Obama, juggling U.S. worries abroad and a few at home, said he’s formulating new military options to degrade the Islamic State by speeding up U.S.-led training of Iraqi fighters and thwarting ISIL’s recruitment of foreign fighters.
President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace.
There was the time he was caught lounging on his yacht amid a coup in Egypt. A snowboarding crash in Idaho before a pack of reporters. And, of course, the infamous 2004 windsurfing outing that became a devastating George W. Bush campaign ad.
President Obama's executive orders on immigration are stalled. His signature immigration plan, which would grant work permits and deportation protection to millions, suffered a major blow when a federal court refused to allow it to take immediate effect. Gwen Ifill discusses what all of this means with Stephen Legomsky of the Washington University School of Law and Alan Gomez of USA Today.
The visit lasted less than 24 hours, but President Obama managed to use a stop in South Florida to maximum advantage as he touched on some of the highest priorities of an administration heading into its final stages.
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.