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, Mar 7, 2014 -- 7:30 PM
* President Obama has ramped up pressure on Russia to de-escalate the growing tensions in Ukraine by signing an executive order that imposes visa restrictions and other sanctions against Moscow. On Thursday the president also denounced a referendum by the Crimean parliament to break away from Ukraine to join the Russian Federation calling the move a violation of international law. The Crimea region has been at the center of a tense power struggle between the new Ukrainian government and Russian President Vladamir Putin since the fall of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych last month. Peter Baker of The New York Times and Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times have the latest on US efforts to broker a diplomatic solution to resolve the Ukraine crisis and analysis of why it's important to America's interests.
* A parade of 2016 White House hopefuls - Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio - are among the GOP luminaries who will be testing their stump speeches at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. The gathering is also an opportunity for Republicans to work on framing their message and policy priorities heading into this year's midterm elections. GOP party leaders are also expected to work on addressing the intra-party divide between establishment conservatives and tea party members. Gloria Borger of CNN reports on the Republican's priorities heading into the fall midterms and which aspiring presidential contender may have the strongest message to rally the base and be the next GOP nominee.
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KQED 9: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 -- 1:30 AM
In the aftermath of the uprising in Kiev that drove Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych from power, a new interim government started to take shape this week. The new prime minister said Ukraine's future lies in the European Union and the Obama administration has begun working with the EU on a bailout for Ukraine. But Russian President Vladamir Putin's decision to launch military exercises near the Ukraine border has prompted questions on how much strength Russia might exert over the political direction of its neighbor. Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News will report on new concerns about the power struggle and the competing forces trying to reshape the former Soviet territory.
Equal rights for gay Americans continue to be a hot-button topic across America. This week alone Attorney General Eric Holder urged state attorneys general not to defend same-sex marriage bans in their states if they believe the laws are discriminatory. In Texas a federal judge struck down the state's gay-marriage ban while in Kentucky a federal judge ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state. In Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gay individuals on religious grounds. Pete Williams of NBC News will examine the latest fronts in the battle to protect the LGBT community.
Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post will report on the retirement of Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress, and why after nearly 60 years of service the Michigan Democrat said, "I find serving in the House to be obnoxious."
President Obama announced the new "My Brother's Keeper" program, a new administration initiative that partners government with businesses and philanthropic organizations to address the problems of minority youth. Michael Scherer of Time Magazine will take a closer look at how this public-private partnership will help create more opportunities for young men of color.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
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