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PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Obama's Chamber Speech, Rumsfeld 'Re-Litigates' the Past

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February 8, 2011

In this week's Political Checklist, senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff speak with Political Editor David Chalian about President Obama's speech to the Chamber of Commerce and whether it marks a pro-business shift for the White House. Ifill discusses Donald Rumsfeld's new memoir, "Known and Unknown," in which the former defense secretary defends his decisions while openly criticizing others in the Bush administration, including the former president. Woodruff and Ifill also preview this week's CPAC convention, which Chalian sees as the "first big cattle call" for possible GOP presidential hopefuls.

PBS NewsHour: Legal Tangle Tightens Around WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

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December 7, 2010

The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is just one of the many problems he and his secrets-exposing website now face as the U.S. explores possible prosecution on espionage charges. Gwen Ifill talks to Jeffrey Smith, former CIA general counsel, and Abbe Lowell, who has defended clients on espionage charges.

PBS NewsHour: Political Checklist: Lame Duck Confit

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November 15, 2010

Today is the first day of the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress. What will (and what won't) they accomplish in the next few months before a new, more Republican Congress is sworn in?

Gwen Ifill briefs Hari Sreenivasan on the Congress' four top concerns: Bush-era tax cuts, the START Treaty, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the Budget Continuing Resolution.

PBS NewsHour: Reporters Explore Possible Causes for Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Oil Leak

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June 21, 2010

New reports suggest that BP cut corners on safety in the design of the blown-out oil well in the Gulf. Gwen Ifill talks to two reporters about what investigations are revealing about the oil giant's actions before the rig exploded and the oil leak began.

PBS NewsHour: Gulf States Face Long Road to Environmental, Economic Recovery

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June 15, 2010

As criticism of BP and the Obama administration's handling of the Gulf spill continues, Gwen Ifill talks to two local officials about the president's visit and what it will take for the region to bounce back from the environmental and economic devastation.

PBS NewsHour: Gulf Faces Long Road to Restoration From Oil Spill

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June 7, 2010

Federal officials said the amount of oil escaping into the Gulf of Mexico is beginning to slow, but the cleanup and restoration will likely span years. Gwen Ifill talks to two environmental experts about efforts to mitigate the damage.

PBS NewsHour: Israel's Raid on Gaza Flotilla Roils Uneasy Alliance With Turkey

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June 1, 2010

The weekend raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla where at least four Turkish nationals were killed has sparked angry protests in Turkey, one of Israel's only primarily Muslim allies. Gwen Ifill reports on the international reaction.

PBS NewsHour: Free Gaza Calls for 'Open, Independent' Investigation Into Deadly Flotilla Raid

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May 31, 2010

The United Nations Security Council convened for an emergency session, following the Israeli raid on a flotilla attempting to break its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Adam Shapiro, a board member of the Free Gaza movement who helped organize the trip.

PBS NewsHour: Israeli Ambassador: Soldiers Had 'No Choice But to Defend Themselves'

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May 31, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned trip to the White House as Israel faced international condemnation in the wake of the Gaza flotilla raid. Gwen Ifill talks with Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, for Israel's perspective on the deadly incident at sea.

PBS NewsHour: Spending Spree Marks Republican California Governor's Primary

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May 28, 2010

Tensions mount in California's multi-million dollar Republican primary race for California governor, where over $90 million has already been spent on campaigns. Gwen Ifill reports on the contentious and expensive contest.