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.
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
* Donald Trump tried something new Thursday: he expressed "regret" for some of his past statements that have "caused personal pain." The change came just days after Trump announced a major campaign shakeup and brought in Stephen Bannon from the conservative news site Breitbart and promoted veteran GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Their first task will be to turn around Trump's slipping poll numbers, but with less than three months to Election Day, can the new leadership team right the ship? The Republican nominee will travel to flood-ravaged Baton Rouge to tour the damage, and earlier this week he announced a new plan of "extreme vetting" for Muslim immigrants to the United States to stop the spread of ISIS. * More than 120 GOP leaders have signed a letter urging RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to cut off funding for the top the ticket over concerns that Trump's harsh rhetoric could hurt down-ballot candidates. Congressional candidates are walking a tightrope trying to distance themselves from Trump without alienating his supporters. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who is locked in a tight reelection battle in New Hampshire, said that she will vote for Trump in November but will not endorse him.
* Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is taking a more traditional approach to the campaign, crisscrossing battleground states and joining Vice President Joe Biden at a rally in Pennsylvania. With nearly every national poll in the last month showing Clinton leading Trump, she continues to hammer her opponent over his tax plan. But Clinton continues to be dogged by concerns about her trustworthiness, and the FBI sent Congress information about its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server. With just 81 days until voters cast their ballots, we'll get reporting and analysis on the presidential race from: Ed O'Keefe, Political Reporter for The Washington Post; Josh Green, National Correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek; Abby Phillip, Political Reporter for The Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, White House Correspondent for Real Clear Politics; and Reid Wilson, Political Reporter for The Hill.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
This was supposed to be the week both presidential campaigns focused on the economy, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traveling to Michigan to lay out their plans to help Americans still recovering from the Great Recession. Trump, who was trying to reset his campaign after a string of missteps, proposed a simplified tax code and a moratorium on government regulations. Clinton wants a new surge in infrastructure spending.
But Trump's campaign reset was short-lived when the billionaire businessman was criticized just 24 hours later for saying "Second Amendment people" could act to prevent his Democratic rival from appointing judges who would curb gun rights. By Wednesday, Trump had turned his attention to President Obama, calling him the "founder of ISIS."
Trump also faced pushback from inside his party as more than 50 national security officials from previous Republican administrations signed a letter saying Trump "would be the most reckless president in American history." Maine Senator Susan Collins became the latest Republican in Congress to publicly say she will not vote for Trump in November.
Clinton tried to capitalize on Trump's waning support with some GOP voters by announcing a new group urging independent and Republicans to "put country over party" and back her campaign over Trump. Polls in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania show Clinton leading Trump with less than 90 days until Election Day.
Clinton also had to address renewed claims of wrongdoing associated with her private email server. The conservative legal group Judicial Watch obtained previously unreleased emails as part of a lawsuit against the State Department. The emails showed correspondence between the Clinton Foundation and State Department employees when Clinton was Secretary of State.
Joining Gwen Ifill to discuss another topsy-turvy week on the 2016 campaign trail: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times, Michael Scherer of Time Magazine, and Molly Ball of The Atlantic.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 5, 2016 -- 7:30 PM
* Republican Party Republican Party leaders are growing increasingly concerned about Donald Trump's ability to win the White House amid reports of turmoil inside his presidential campaign. The frustration stems from recent missteps made by the GOP presidential nominee including his response to the Gold Star Khan family, his refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, and his suggestion that the November election could be "rigged." High-ranking Republican officials are reportedly urging the New York billionaire to abandon his divisive rhetoric which they believe has led to sinking poll numbers. Many among the party establishment are concerned that the Trump controversies could impact congressional and governors' races. But is there a risk of going against Trump and possibly alienating his supporters?
* A new nationwide Fox News poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 49%-39% in a head-to-head matchup. But both candidates continue to struggle to win over millennial voters. A new poll of young people between the ages of 18 and 34 found 75% dislike Trump and 63% dislike Clinton.
* Clinton spent the week hammering Trump for his use of foreign manufacturers and labor to produce some of his branded products. She also picked up the endorsement of prominent GOP donor and one-time California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. The Hewlett-Packard CEO joins a growing list of Republicans who have not endorsed Donald Trump and others who say they abstain from voting rather than support the GOP nominee.
Joining Gwen Ifill to discuss the political discord on the 2016 campaign: Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, Manu Raju of CNN, and Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 10:30 AM
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- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 1:30 AM