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PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Bachmann Joins the Race, Same-Sex Marriage Passes in New York

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June 27, 2011

On Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) announced that she is seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States. Her announcement came a day after the Des Moines Register Iowa Pollshowed that she was tied with front-runner Mitt Romney. Gwen, Judy and Hari also discuss New York state legislature's late-night vote legalizing same-sex marriage in the Empire State.

PBS NewsHour: Huntsman Joins GOP 2012 Field, Touting Varied Resume, Hobbies

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June 21, 2011

Former two-time Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman ended months of speculation Tuesday by officially launching his campaign for president at New Jersey's Liberty State Park. Gwen Ifill and Political Editor David Chalian discuss Huntsman's presidential prospects and the developing GOP presidential field.

PBS NewsHour: Justices Rule on Wal-Mart Discrimination, Global Warming Lawsuits

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June 20, 2011

In two major decisions Monday, the Supreme Court threw out the largest class-action lawsuit in history and rejected a global warming lawsuit against power compannies. Gwen Ifill discusses the rulings with The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle.

PBS NewsHour: 'Unlikely Brothers' Chronicles Forging of a Unique Bond for 2 Men

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June 17, 2011

Siblings don't always have to share a mother or a father to forge a lasting bond. Human rights activist John Prendergast and "little brother" Michael Mattocks speak with Gwen Ifill about the highs and lows of their unlikely "brotherhood" and their new book.

PBS NewsHour: Stevens: 'I Was Never a Fan of Labels for Justices'

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June 13, 2011

It's been nearly a year since Justice John Paul Stevens left the bench after the third-longest tenure on the Supreme Court. Stevens sat down with Gwen Ifill to discuss his career, his leadership of the Court's liberal wing, why he doesn't like such labels and how his tennis game is now that he's retired.

PBS NewsHour: What More Could, Should Government Do for U.S. Economy?

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June 7, 2011

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that 57 percent of those surveyed say an economic turnaround has not yet begun in the U.S. Gwen Ifill discusses what's next for the economy -- and the political implications -- with USA Today's Susan Page, Wells Fargo economist Mark Vitner and Tom Binnings of Summit Economics.

PBS NewsHour: As GOP Field Takes Shape, Gingrich on Defensive Over Medicare Remarks

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May 17, 2011

The GOP's 2012 presidential nomination battle shifted once again Monday when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who hasn't officially entered the race, announced he'd raised $10 million in one day. Political Editor David Chalian speaks with Gwen Ifill about the GOP field and Newt Gingrich's controversial Medicare comments.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: We've Hit the Debt Ceiling, Now What?

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May 16, 2011

In this week's edition of the Political Checklist, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian examine why, if the nation has hit its limit for borrowing, has there been no outcry from the markets or the political system? Gwen suggests that Wall Street is well-aware that Congress is known for making politics out of the debt ceiling increase, but always raises the limit before it is too late. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he can take extra measures and ensure that the government can borrow until August 2.

Political Checklist: We've Hit the Debt Ceiling, Now What?

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May 16, 2011
In this week's edition of the Political Checklist, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian examine why, if the nation has hit its limit for borrowing, has there been no outcry from the markets or the political system? Gwen suggests that Wall Street is well-aware that Congress is known for making politics out of the debt ceiling increase, but always raises the limit before it is too late. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he can take extra measures and ensure that the government can borrow until August 2.
They also discuss the politics behind Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's criticism of the House GOP-endorsed Medicare overhaul as "radical." Gwen compares 2011 version of Gingrich to Gingrich in the 1990s, when he was the bomb-thrower seeking to shake up the establishment. Gwen and David also express confusion about Gingrich's position on Medicare reform, and they aren't the only ones.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Bin Laden Death A Boost for Obama

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May 2, 2011 

A day after the dramatic announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, the world's most-wanted terrorist, David Chalian, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff assess how the news could impact President Obama's political standing.

The team agrees that while it is unclear how this will affect the 2012 race, the moment stands to unite even President Obama's political opponents in praising his administration's successful pursuit of the man who was the driving force behind al-Qaida.