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PBS NewsHour: Ryan Resonates with Republican Base, But Will His Policies Fly Overall?

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Rep. Paul Ryan is best known for 'Path to Prosperity,' a fiscal blueprint to overhaul Medicare and cut Medicaid. Gwen Ifill talks to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Robert Greenstein, Heritage Foundation's Patrick Knudsen and Roll Call's Steven Dennis on whether Ryan's policy record will help or hurt the GOP ticket.

PBS NewsHour: Immigration Fallout: A White House Win?

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President Obama's decision last week to help undocumented youths obtain work visas has rippled through the presidential campaigns. Gwen Ifill and Lisa Lerer of Bloomberg News discuss the political fallout, who the new policy affects and what it means for the Latino vote.

Chat With Gwen: June 28, 2012

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Thursday, June 28th live chat with Gwen Ifill. Read the transcript below.

Dearth of Civility in the Public Square

Gwen's Take

Flash back with me to sixth grade recess. A bit of taunting that turns into a little shoving and trash talking. Next thing you know, a circle of children are egging each other you on, chanting: “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

What choice did you have but to fight? It wasn’t a very civil thing to do, but this was elementary school.

Now, we live in a world of sixth grade taunting everywhere we look, where disagreements are settled on the playground of dueling campaign appearances and pundit-driven cable television debates.

PBS NewsHour: JPMorgan Chase's Big Losses, Big Risk: Blip on Radar or Systemic?

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JPMorgan Chase's chairman and chief executive, Jamie Dimon, testified before the Senate Banking Committee about the massive trading losses incurred at his company. Paul Solman reports as part of his Making Sen$e series. Then, Gwen Ifill and guests discuss the implications of financial regulation on Wall Street.

PBS NewsHour: Families' Plummeting Wealth Reflects 'Deep Mess' Americans Face

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The net worth of the median American family fell nearly 40 percent from 2007 to 2010, the Federal Reserve reported this week. Gwen Ifill discusses the effects of and the reasons behind the precipitous decline in wealth with Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center and Robert Shapiro of Sonecon, an economic advisory firm.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: President's Economic Comments Under Scrutiny

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PBS NewsHour senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff discuss how President Obama's remarks about the economy Friday continue to be fodder on the campaign trail. Gwen noted that some politicians' comments seem to resonate longer than others, and we observed that many voters aren't yet tuned in to the political chatter that will surely dominate by this fall.

PBS NewsHour: In Syria, More Shelling and Deadlier Weapons

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Violence in Syria surged Monday as government and opposition forces escalated their use of lethal weapons. Shelling continued in Homs, killing at least 38 people. Gwen Ifill reports.

PBS NewsHour: In Syria, 'Whac-A-Mole' Revolution Turns Increasingly Bloody

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As dozens more died Monday in Syria amid heavy fighting, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said he was "gravely concerned," citing reports of continued shelling in Homs. Gwen Ifill discusses the prospects for civil war with Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Mona Yacoubian of the Stimson Center.

PBS NewsHour: Colorado, New Mexico Emergency Officials Seek More Help Fighting Wildfires

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Since it was started early Saturday by a lightning strike, the High Park wildfire has consumed more than 60 square miles in Colorado -- damaging or destroying more than 100 homes. Meanwhile, crews in southern New Mexico battled a 54-square-mile fire near the town of Ruidoso. Gwen Ifill reports.