Despite campaign promises to change the tone of politics in Washington, President Barack Obama finds Congress and the nation still split over a range of critical issues. Gwen Ifill and guests discuss the roots of the division.
When the stimulus bill was passed with no Republican votes in the House and little GOP support in the Senate, questions arose on the state of bipartisan ties with the new Obama administration. Historians give their perspectives on how bipartisanship…
Commerce Secretary-designate Judd Gregg became the latest Cabinet nominee to withdraw from consideration, citing key differences with President Barack Obama on economic issues and the forthcoming Census. Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza discusses the development.
On his third day in office, President Barack Obama worked to resolve the economic downturn with congressional leaders from both parties. Ray Suarez reports.
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Congressional leaders and the White House announced Thursday that they reached a deal on an economic stimulus package that would give most U.S. taxpayers refunds ranging from $600 to $1,200 and roll out tax breaks for businesses.
President Bush on Tuesday vetoed the $124 billion war funding bill, which included a timetable for troop pullout from Iraq. Two senators discuss what comes next.
The Iraq Study Group released recommendations Wednesday calling for greater diplomatic efforts, as well as a "change in the primary mission" of U.S. troops that will allow "responsible" troop withdrawal. Co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton discuss the report.
President Bush met Monday with members of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and said he would not "prejudge" the forthcoming report, though he did praise the commission for asking good questions.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned Wednesday, a day after Democrats won control of the House and several more Senate seats. Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the election, Rumsfeld's resignation and expectations for the next Congress.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., set to become the first female Speaker of the House in January, discusses the recent election, possible changes in Iraq policy, Rumsfeld's resignation and working with President Bush.
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