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Pew Study: Americans More Polarized Than Ever

Robert Siegel talks with Andrew Kohut — President of the Pew Research Center — about Pew's latest American Values Survey. Since 1987, the center has tracked American political, economic and social values in a yearly poll. This year's survey shows Americans are more polarized along partisan lines than at any point in the past 25 years.
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Debate Over U.S Immigration Policy

President Barack Obama moves to block the deportation of thousands who came to the U.S. illegally as children. The Supreme Court is set to rule on Arizona's tough anti-immigration law. Guest host Terence Smith and guests debate the U.S. policy on immigration.

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New Voter ID Laws And The 2012 Elections

Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania are among the states with new tighter voter ID rules. Please join us to talk about what’s behind these new restrictions and the possible impact on the 2012 election results.

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Virginia Gubernatorial Prospects Take Shape

It's believed that a GOP primary in Virginia would do more to favor moderate candidates in the commonwealth like Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, which is why he's resisting calls for a return to the convention style.


California's Top-Two Primary System Faces First Statewide Test

Under California's new system, the top two finishers in the primary move on to the general election, regardless of party. Backers hope this system will favor moderates. It could be years before it's clear if that's true, but the system is already changing how political operatives work.

Supreme Court Backs Secret Service Agents In Dick Cheney Case

In a case involving then-Vice President Dick Cheney's Secret Service detail, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that agents accused of a politically motivated arrest are immune from suit. But the court's unanimous ruling did little more than resolve this particular case.

Wisconsin Recall: What's At Stake For Unions?

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will face off against Milwaukee mayor Tom Barret, in a race that will have major implications for the future of organized labor nationwide. Wall Street Journal reporter Douglas Belkin discusses about what's at stake for unions.

Lessons Learned From The John Edwards Trial

A federal judge declared a mistrial in the campaign finance case against former Sen. John Edwards. Since the trial, numerous writers and columnists have considered what we've learned about the former presidential candidate, political campaigns and ourselves through the weeks of uncomfortable testimony.

President Obama's Unpalatable Options In Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad denied responsibility for the massacre that left more than 100 people dead in Houla in May. Pressure mounts on the Obama administration to consider a more aggressive response to the violence that has plagued Syria for more than a year.