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  • Sens. Reid, McConnell both 'optimistic' on shutdown deal

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    10/17/13

    Both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed optimism that a deal on the shutdown would be reached by the end of the week. However, it remained unclear how House Republicans would receive any Senate resolution. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports.moreless
  • What might both parties give up to 'escape' shutdown impasse

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    10/17/13

    Senate leaders showed hope that they might be headed towards an end to the government shutdown, while House remains uneasy about the path forward. Robert Costa of the National Review joins Gwen Ifill to discuss why a short-term deal may be necessary and what concessions both sides may make to resolve the damaging impasse.moreless
  • Economic consequences for US 'artificially imposed crises'?

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    10/17/13

    As lawmakers show signs of progress towards a deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, how are global markets responding? Ray Suarez gets analysis from Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist on the effects that repeated political standoffs over may have on U.S. financial credibility.moreless
  • Impacted U.S. communities pay price of shutdown

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    10/17/13

    From local economies dependent on defense spending to tourist hot spots reeling from closures, communities across the nation are feeling the pinch of the government shutdown. Judy Woodruff gets perspective from Cathy Lewis of WHRV in Hampton Roads, Va., Karen Kasler of Ohio Public Radio and Scott Shafer of KQED in San Francisco.moreless
  • 'The American people are completely fed up with Washington'

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    10/17/13

    President Barack Obama spoke Thursday,Oct.17 after the federal government reopened.
  • GOP 'picked a fight that they couldn't win,' Dems reunited

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    10/17/13

    What are the practical and political outcomes of the 16-day stalemate in Congress that's finally drawing to a close? Although the GOP retained sequester spending levels, Democrats come out "energized and unified." Judy Woodruff talks to Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Susan Page of USA Today.moreless
  • Stanley Crouch recounts rise of Charlie 'Bird' Parker

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    10/17/13

    Jazz great and sax player Charlie "Bird" Parker was remarkable for his speed, listening and improvisational intuition. Jeffrey Brown talks to author Stanley Crouch about his new biography, "Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker."moreless
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

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    10/17/13

    On our program tonight, Washington and the nation's federal employees got back to work after a 16-day shutdown. We take a look at the deal struck in Congress and what the impact has been for the government and the economy. Also: Senator-elect Cory Booker on his priorities and political cynicism, smart guns that recognize an owner's touch and new privacy settings for teens on Facebook.moreless
  • A look at political brinksmanship past and present

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    10/17/13

    Fundamental disagreement is an expected occurrence in Congress, but lately crises have come in increasing frequency. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Eric Liu of Citizen University, Steven Hayward of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Beverly Gage of Yale University for a closer look at polarized American politics.moreless
  • Will Facebook change erode privacy rights for teens?

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    10/17/13

    Privacy settings on Facebook will now allow users aged 13-17 to share posts with people outside their friend network. Will the change help teens express themselves or lead to problems like cyberbullying? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute and Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media.moreless
  • Analysts warn uncertainty from shutdown may spook consumers

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    10/17/13

    While Congress engaged in a budget showdown, workers' pay was delayed, tourism money lost and small business loans put on hold. Judy Woodruff talks to Sylvia Burwell of the Office of Management and Budget, plus Beth Ann Bovino of Standard & Poor's and Mark Zandi of Moody's Analytics offer insight on broader potential impact.moreless
  • Senator-elect Booker on legislative priorities

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    10/17/13

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be New Jersey's first African-American senator, having been elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. Gwen Ifill talks to Booker about his win, his legislative priorities and how he plans to pursue "uncommon coalitions for uncommon results" with his fellow lawmakers.moreless
  • Senate nears end of standoff with bipartisan plan

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    10/17/13

    The Senate was poised to support a bipartisan deal to fund the government though Jan. 15 and extend the debt limit until Feb. 17, just hours before the U.S. would have to default. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman reports. Gwen Ifill gets an update on the last-minute efforts from Lori Montgomery of The Washington Post.moreless
  • JP Morgan to pay $100 million

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    10/17/13

    In our news wrap Wednesday, JP Morgan Chase will pay $100 million in a settlement with the U.S. Futures Trading Commission after the bank's London operation made disastrous trades that lost $6 billion. Also, Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, was acquitted on insider trading charges by a federal jury.moreless
  • 'Substantive' talks begin over Iran's nuclear interests

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    10/17/13

    Though diplomats offered few details, talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear programs were described as "substantive" and "forward-looking," giving negotiators the opportunity to discuss questions and clarify their positions in greater depth than before. Ray Suarez reports.moreless
  • New Mexicans weigh slaughter of overpopulated wild horses

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    10/17/13

    Large herds of wild horses roam the American Southwest, but overpopulation is putting a strain on resources and threatening the livelihood of farmers and ranchers. In New Mexico, some argue the solution is to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., but opponents say the practice is inhumane. Hari Sreenivasan reports.moreless
  • 'American leadership is needed' for Europe

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    10/17/13

    As Congress narrows in on an end to the shutdown, the rest of the world is watching their actions closely. Judy Woodruff talks to Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta about the importance of a U.S. budget deal on international market stability, the ongoing Euro crisis recovery and Italy's next move on immigration reform.moreless
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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    10/17/13

    On the program today, we examine last-minute efforts in Congress to end a government shutdown and avoid a debt default. Also: Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta weighs in on the broader effects of the American political drama, New Mexico faces in a quandary over the fate of its wild horses, initial talks about Iran's nuclear program wrap up and Stanley Crouch examines the life of Charlie Parker.moreless
  • What parameters are guiding nuclear talks with Iran?

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    10/17/13

    While two-day talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program entered "new territory" of negotiations and heralded a change in tone and pragmatism, no major breakthroughs have been made. What issues may prove to be major sticking points? Ray Suarez talks to Michael Gordon of The New York Times.moreless
  • Sen. Ted Cruz says he won't delay vote on debt deal

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    10/16/13

    Prominent tea party lawmaker, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), said he opposed the bipartisan debt deal, but will not delay its passage.
  • Reid, McConnell announce deal to end shutdown and avoid default on Senate floor

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    10/16/13

    Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day's end.
  • Kerry, Karzai resolve parts of security deal

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    10/15/13

    State Secretary John Kerry's meeting with Afghan President Karzai was intended to come up with a way to let some U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan after the 2014 pullout deadline. When he left, Kerry had an agreement in principle on some key elements, but other issues remain unresolved. Gwen Ifill reports.moreless
  • Under the ACA some preventive services may be covered with no co-pay by private insurance.

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    10/15/13

    Editor's Note: Although Medicare regularly provides coverage for preventive services given high grades by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, it is not required to do so. Under the ACA, some preventive services are now required to be covered with no copay by private insurance companies. Special correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports.moreless
  • Nobel economics honors awarded to three Americans

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    10/15/13

    In our news wrap Monday, three Americans -- Lars Peter Hansen, Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller -- will share the Nobel Prize for Economics for their work in explaining how stocks, bonds and housing values change over time. Also, al-Qaida leader Abu Anas al-Libi has been transported to New York to stand trial on terrorism charges.moreless
  • Remembering Oscar Hijuelos, 62, 'king' of fiction

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    10/15/13

    Novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who has died at the age of 62, was the first Latino American author to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 book "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love." We remember Hijuelos with an excerpt of a 2011 interview with Ray Suarez about his memoir, "Thoughts Without Cigarettes."moreless
  • Monday, October 14, 2013

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    10/15/13

    On the program tonight, we look at whether Congress is making progress on a solution to end the government shutdown, as well as the continuing effects of the shutdown for communities around the nation and financial markets around the world. Also: an alternative public school system in Pakistan, efforts to resolve a U.S.-Afghan security agreement standstill and remembering author Oscar Hijuelos.moreless
  • Troop commitment among roadblocks in Afghan security talks

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    10/15/13

    Secretary of State John Kerry made progress with his trip to Afghanistan to work on a security deal, but both nations come to the table with concerns about trust and commitment. Gwen Ifill gets analysis from David Sedney, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, and former Afghan Foreign Ministry official Omar Samad.moreless
  • Former Army captain receives Medal of Honor

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    10/15/13

    For more: Former Army captain William D. Swenson received the nation's highest military honor from President Barack Obama Tuesday for his bravery in a 2009 Afghan battle.
  • Expanding access to education for Pakistan's poor children

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    10/15/13

    In Pakistan, education could help change the fortunes of impoverished families, but corruption and pressure by the Taliban prevent many children from enrolling. An alternative school system is making efforts to expand access and change attitudes towards education for impoverished boys and girls. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.moreless
  • President Obama volunteers with furloughed federal workers on Day 14 of the government shutdown

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    10/14/13

    On Monday, President Barack Obama visited Washington, D.C., nonprofit Martha's Table to volunteer with federal workers who remain on furlough because of a partial government shutdown, which has lasted 14 days.
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