President Barack Obama welcomed Southeast Asian leaders Monday at a sprawling California resort for a two-day summit aimed at advancing his effort to counter China’s influence by strengthening U.S. relations with smaller countries in the region.
Every four years, voters in Iowa are the first to make their choice for president known. This year Clinton is trying to prevent an upset like 2008 when Barack Obama turned out new caucus-goers in record numbers to take first place.
Let’s stipulate: It is rare that President Obama encourages another Democrat to grab headlines outside the iconic columns of the West Wing. The appearance of Sen. Bernie Sanders at the microphones in the White House driveway after a 45-minute meeting Wednesday with the president in the Oval Office was a message unto itself.
"I got the chance to get a sneak peek at HBO's upcoming docudrama on the 1991 Hill-Thomas hearings, when college professor Anita Hill nearly derailed George H.W. Bush's nomination of federal appeals court Judge Clarence Thomas to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall."
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.