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PBS NewsHour: Obama, Boehner Still 'Quite Far Apart' on Debt Deal

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July 25, 2011

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner addressed the nation Monday about the approaching debt-limit deadline and the political stalemate between top lawmakers over deficit-reduction proposals. Watch their full remarks plus analysis from Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian.

PBS NewsHour: Cameron 'Weakened' by Scandal, But Appears to Be Out of Immediate Danger

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July 20, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron came under tough questioning Wednesday before Parliament about his link to the News of the World's phone-hacking scandal. Gwen Ifill discusses how a media scandal has turned into a political one with The Guardian's Richard Adams and the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Heather Conley.

PBS NewsHour: Campaign Cash Race Is on for GOP '12 Contenders, Obama Campaign

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July 4, 2011

Republican presidential contenders spent the July 4 holiday on the campaign trail. Lately most have spent their time feverishly dialing for the dollars they will need to support their campaigns. NewsHour Political Editor David Chalian updates us on the race for campaign cash.

PBS NewsHour: Durbin: 'Slow Going' Inside Debt Limit Talks

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July 11, 2011

President Obama and congressional leaders returned to the negotiating table Monday afternoon, but a deficit-reduction deal remains elusive as the Aug. 2 deadline nears for raising the debt limit. Gwen Ifill discusses the latest developments in the partisan stalemate with Sen. Dick Durban, D-Ill., and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.

PBS NewsHour: What Happens if Lawmakers Don't Reach Debt-Ceiling Deal by Deadline?

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July 12, 2011

Debt-ceiling negotiations crept along Tuesday as both sides agreed on the need for action, but not on the fundamentals of a deal. Gwen Ifill discusses the specifics of what would happen if negotiators don't reach an agreement by the Aug. 2 deadline with Jay Powell of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

PBS NewsHour: Obama's $86 Million Campaign Haul Leaves GOP Competitors Far Behind

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July 13, 2011

The Obama campaign announced Wednesday that it raised an eye-popping $86 million over the last three months for both President Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Gwen Ifill and NewsHour political editor David Chalian discuss the numbers.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Voting on a Debt Plan That Can't Pass

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July 18, 2011

NewsHour Political Editor David Chalian asks Senior Correspondents Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill why the House Republicans are voting for their Cut, Cap and Balance deficit reduction plan if they know it has no chance to pass the U.S. Senate. The team also discusses the possibility that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the Republican nominating contest.

PBS NewsHour: NRC Chief: U.S. Nuclear Plants Safe Despite Age, Needed Upgrades

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July 19, 2011

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Japanese coast and triggered a nuclear crisis raised major questions surrounding the safety of U.S. nuclear reactors. Gwen Ifill discusses new safety regulations issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its head, Gregory Jaczko.

Eating One’s Peas and Other Dilemmas

Gwen's Take

It’s a conundrum. We in the news business are constantly justifying to ourselves why we cover the stories we cover, and why you should care.

It is the second part of that formula that confounds news decision makers on a daily basis. Because if you don’t care, you don’t watch. And we kind of like it when you watch.

PBS NewsHour: Roberts Court Begins to Leave Its Legal Mark

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June 28, 2011

The Supreme Court wrapped up its term this week, completing a year of action in which its conservative majority left a major legal mark. Gwen Ifill gets perspective from two experts.