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Starting with a divisive presidential election and ending with the rancorous debate over health care reform, Gwen Ifill and political analysts look back at the highs and lows of the decade's politics.
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks examine the implications of the latest unemployment figures and President Obama's decision to commit more troops to Afghanistan.
Without mid-term congressional races or a presidential election, the 2009 special election season has been dominated by a few key local races, which have attracted national headlines nonetheless.
The question of race has simmered on the back burner of the national debate over President Obama's policy agenda. Gwen Ifill talks to columnists and academics about the role of race in the current political climate.
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the top news of the week, including the escalating violence in Afghanistan, and President Barack Obama's upcoming speech on health care to a joint session of Congress.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, known as the "liberal lion of the Senate," and the last surviving brother of a fabled political dynasty, died late Tuesday at his home in Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with a malignant brain tumor.
Columnists Ruth Marcus and David Brooks discuss top political news, including next week's hearings on Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination, the pace of health care reform and President Obama's trip abroad.
Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks examine developments in the landmark climate change legislation before Congress, as well as the fallout from S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's admission to an extramarital affair.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday debated landmark climate change legislation that would establish a "cap-and-trade" system for carbon emissions. Kwame Holman reports.
By PBS NewsHour
Capping days of political mystery surrounding his whereabouts, Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday he's been having an affair with a woman he visited on a trip to Argentina and said he'll resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.
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