Washington Week with Gwen Ifill
PBS' longest-running public affairs series features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans.
Washington Week with Gwen Ifill Previous Broadcasts
KQED 9: Fri, Jan 30, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 31, 2015 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
* President Obama touted America's economic progress over the last 6 years and challenged Congress to "turn the page" by supporting his ambitious domestic agenda to help working-class families in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. While some of his proposals like making community college free and closing loopholes that benefit the very rich are unlikely to win support from Republicans, there may be common ground on other issues like trade, tax reform and cybersecurity. Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post have analysis of the Obama administration's 2015 legislative agenda and where there may be room for compromise with the Republican-controlled Congress.
* The president also vowed to continue a foreign policy that combines "military power with strong diplomacy." The declaration came during a week where the US re-established relations with Cuba, the administration was forced to stop transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison to Yemen because of continued volatility in that country, and Mr. Obama reiterated his promise to Congress to veto any new sanctions against Iran while nuclear talks continue. Michael Crowley of Politico reports on how President Obama is firing back at critics of his foreign policy.
* A number of potential Republican presidential hopefuls will descend on Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for the Iowa Freedom Summit. It is the first multi-candidate event of the 2016 Iowa Caucus cycle where potential presidential candidates like Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and Chris Christie will rally support and try out messages to distinguish themselves from the other Republicans who may be eyeing a White House run. John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News joins us live from Iowa with a preview of this cattle call of sorts for the ever increasing GOP field of presidential hopefuls.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 25, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Jan 16, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
* Just one week after the terror attacks in Paris, another terror plot has been foiled in Belgium. On Thursday counter-terrorism officials prevented jihadists from attacking a police station in the town of Verviers. We have analysis of the lessons from the Paris attacks and changing threat of terrorism from Michael Duffy of Time Magazine.
* Historically, presidents have used the State of the Union address as an opportunity to speak to the nation and outline policy proposals for the coming year. That may not be the case for President Obama this year. Instead of waiting until next Tuesday's televised address, the president has been on the road for more than 2 weeks talking about a number of legislative priorities from free community college to expanding paid sick leave for employees. John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times previews the broad-range of initiatives that are part of the Obama administration's 2015 agenda.
* Mitt Romney's decision to explore a third run for president has sparked a backlash of criticism from some conservatives and spurred other prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidates to step-up their efforts to secure campaign money and staffing. Robert Costa of The Washington Post reports on the quickly expanding field of Republican contenders and explain who may benefit most from jumping into the race early.
* The Obama administration's plan to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba takes effect on Friday with an easing of travel and trade restrictions. The initial measures will allow some US businesses to export computers and other technologies and will lift some travel restrictions from the US. Tom Gjelten of NPR examines the potential economic impact of the new measures on the communist-ruled country and whether the GOP controlled Congress might try to stop the administration's plans.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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- KQED World: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 -- 6:30 PM
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- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Jan 9, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
* The manhunt continues across France for 2 brothers suspected in the deadly attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. 12 people were killed and 11 more wounded in the terrorist attack. A third suspect surrendered to police on Wednesday. French law enforcement officials say suspect Cherif Kouachi was convicted of terrorism in 2008 and served 18-months in prison. Both he and his younger brother Said are considered "armed and dangerous." Investigators are trying to determine if the gunmen are linked to al Qaeda, ISIS, another terrorist organization or if the Paris massacre was a case of a "lone wolf" attack.
Pete Williams of NBC News and Nancy Youssef of The Daily Beast will have the latest on the Paris investigation; some perspective on anti-Islamic sentiment in Europe; and details about the international solidarity being shown toward the assassinated journalists.
* Back in Washington, the 114th Congress was sworn into office this week with Republicans taking control of both the House and Senate for the first time in 8 years.
In the House, John Boehner (R-OH) quashed a rebellion within his own ranks to be re-elected House speaker for a third term. But did the rebuke by conservatives signal a lingering division within the GOP?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Republican lawmakers would try to work with President Barack Obama but also slammed the president for threatening to veto the Keystone XL pipeline before the bill had even been voted on in the House or Senate.
Susan Davis of USA Today and John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times will report on the priority issues on the Republican party's agenda in 2015 and the White House's preemptive response.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 11, 2015 -- 11:30 AM
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- KQED World: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 6:30 PM
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- KQED World: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 10, 2015 -- 1:30 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Jan 2, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
As 2014 comes to a close, it may be remembered as the year that public approval for Congress hit a new low while President Obama, mired with low approval ratings most of the year, saw an uptick in support at year's end thanks in part to a strengthening economy and improving unemployment numbers. Republicans seized the Senate and full control of Congress in the midterm elections, but it was President Obama who ended the year emboldened. He granted a reprieve to 5 million immigrants, reached a major climate change agreement with China, and struck a historic deal to normalize relations with Cuba that included a prisoner swap.
Turning to 2015, Gwen takes a closer look at how the political landscape in Washington may be shifting and what the priorities will be for both the new Republican-controlled Congress and the president as he begins his final two years in office. Also, we get a preview of two major cases before the Supreme Court involving the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage.
Joining Gwen around the table: Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics, Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post, Molly Ball of The Atlantic, and Joan Biskupic of Reuters.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 4, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
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- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 3, 2015 -- 1:30 AM