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Women are now the majority of American voters, and record numbers of newly elected women are headed for the Senate and Congress. Is it too soon to call this "the Year of the Woman?" Also, Obama and Boehner discuss the economy and fiscal cliff. On Reporter's Notebook, has Karl Rove lost his magic?

Banner image: Maggie Hassan, governor-elect of New Hampshire, is just one of women who claimed victory in the November, 2012 elections

Making News Obama and Boehner Discuss the Economy and Fiscal Cliff 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Faced with the so-called fiscal cliff just three days after his re-election, President Obama today issued a challenge to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Since "the majority of Americans agree with my approach," he urged that "our job now is to set a majority in Congress to reflect the will of the American people." Earlier, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters there's already been some conversation and expressed hope that "productive conversations can begin soon so that we can forge an agreement that can pass the Congress." But that's not all Boehner had to say.  Paul Kane is Congressional Correspondent for the Washington Post.



Paul Kane, Washington Post


Kate Obenshain

Main Topic Has the 'Year of the Woman' Finally Arrived? 35 MIN, 50 SEC

When the new Congress opens for business, a record 20 percent of the Senators will be women. In the House, they've increased their numbers from 52 to 61. The State of New Hampshire will send an all-female delegation to the Senate and Congress.  But women were 53 percent of Tuesday's voters. Are they even close to having a fair share of political power? Why are there are more female Democrats in leadership roles than Republicans? Are there issues that unite women across party lines? We hear more about newly elected women and their prospects for effectiveness in institutions still dominated by men.

Jennifer Duffy, Cook Political Report (@jennifereduffy)
Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University
Tiffany Dufu, White House Project (@tdufu)
Kate Obenshain, Republican Party of Virginia (formerly) (@kateobenshain)
Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women (@terryoneill)

The Race Card

Tali Mendelberg

Reporter's Notebook Campaign Wizard Karl Rove’s Epic Failure 7 MIN, 34 SEC

Karl Rove raised hundreds of millions of dollars this year, mostly from rich Republicans, promising to take back the White House and Senate.  It didn't work, and Rove had a hard time facing reality on election night. When Fox News called Ohio for President Obama, Rove — on set as a commentator — refused to believe it. A camera followed Anchorwoman Megyn Kelly into a room full of number crunchers who said there was not doubt. In the conversation that followed, Rove cautioned that "It's just in terms of public perception, it looks a little odd to be making a call." Wayne Slater is senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News and co-author of Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.


Wayne Slater, journalist and author (@WayneSlater)

Bush's Brain

Wayne Slater and James Moore

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