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July 19, 2013

Weekly Show

The political aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict with the Justice Department's investigation and Obama’s remarks, the Senate’s tentative deal to avoid “nuclear option”, and Liz Cheney's bid to unseat fellow Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Charles Babington of the Associated Press.

Tonight on Washington Week: A Look Back at 2012

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After a tough re-election, we take a look at the challenges President Obama will face in his second term [Photo: CNN].

December 28, 2012

On the eve of a new year and the start of President Obama’s second term, we will pause to examine the significant news stories of 2012 including prickly partisan politics, a turbulent and tight presidential race, and international conflicts that are reshaping U.S. foreign policy.

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The most fascinating dynamic of election night might not be the regimented partisan alignment everyone is predicting, but the reemergence of ticket-splitting and how that might determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

Race-baiting hooks 2012 campaign

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During three-plus years of Barack Obama’s presidency, neither he nor most top Republicans felt much desire to talk about race. Now, the three-plus days of the Republican National Convention in Tampa are being roiled by angry people in both parties eager to talk about race — and how the other side is trying exploit prejudice for political advantage.

Romney Campaign Begins Quiet Push for African American Voters

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Mitt Romney’s campaign team has been quietly laying plans for an outreach effort to President Obama’s most loyal supporters — black voters — not just to chip away at the huge Democratic margins but also as a way to reassure independent swing voters that Romney can be inclusive and tolerant in his thinking and approach.

White Males Fading Among House Democrats

On The Radar

House Democrats will make history in the 2012 election, sending to Congress next January the first minority-majority party faction in U.S. history. A new analysis by the Cook Political Report reveals a further progression of white flight from the Democratic Party, which is increasingly represented by women and minorities, while the GOP remains a party dominated by white men.
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Martin Killing Resonates in Conn. Town Still Trying to Heal Racial Fissures

On The Radar

No one died in what became known here as “the incident.” But that has not kept the raw racial fissures that ran through this blue-collar town six years ago from resurfacing in light of the national attention focused on the killing of Trayvon Martin. As in the Martin case, there were dueling stories in Stratford, accusations of racism and what many saw as criminal suspicions rooted in faulty racial assumptions.

Tulsa Shooting: Two Suspects Arrested

On The Radar

Race and revenge may have fueled the rampage that killed three African-Americans.

Backbone, Consistency and Standing Your Ground

Gwen's Take

I've spent a fair amount of time this week pondering what it means to stand one's ground.

The term has taken on a new, disturbing meaning as the story of the shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager took on a life of its own. I don't know anyone who's ever loved a boy who was not unnerved by this. Florida's self-defense law, known as “Stand Your Ground,” allows citizens who feel they are in imminent danger to protect themselves -- with a gun, if need be.

Black History or American History: What’s the Difference?

Gwen's Take

I’ve often wondered what it meant that the month we set aside to take special note of African American achievement is the one that’s usually only 28 days long.

As a child, I took that kind of personally. As an adult, I have another view. Black history is worth appreciating in a society that overlooks minority accomplishment. But it is also American history.