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, May 22, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
*As Congress prepares to leaves town for the Memorial Day recess, lawmakers have several contentious bills left to debate including fast-track trade authority for the president, reauthorization of the NSA's data collection program and money for transportation programs. Charles Babington of the Associated Press will have an update on the debates, the hurdles and the likelihood of passage on all these items. *Islamic State forces have made significant headway in both Iraq & Syria this past week including capturing Ramadi, a city just 70 miles from Baghdad. With ISIS now controlling half of Syria, the U.S. continues to recalibrate its plan to fight back. Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy reports on the recent gains made by ISIS and how there is consensus among U.S. leaders that more needs to be done, but no consensus on what to do.
*Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Molly Ball of The Atlantic will analyze the week in politics from the latest on Hillary Clinton's emails to a preview of two new Republican candidates who will officially launch their campaigns next week.
- KQED World: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
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KQED 9: Fri, May 15, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
*Just one day after eight people were killed in an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the House Appropriations Committee slashed Amtrak's budget by $250 million. Fawn Johnson of National Journal will report on the political debate over how much the government should invest in improving U.S. transportation infrastructure, including Amtrak, in the wake of this week's deadly train accident. Plus, how is the debate being influenced by members of Congress who just don't trust the way Amtrak is being run?
* Senate leaders have reached a compromise deal to fast-track President Barack Obama's trade initiative after Senate Democrats rejected the presient's original proposal earlier this week. Manu Raju of POLITICO will explain what it took to revive the measure -- one of the president's top economic priorities.
*Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post has the latest on the firestorm presumptive Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush sparked this week with his remarks about the 2003 invasion of Iraq and what he would have done in hindsight.
*President Obama's planned summit with Arab leaders got off to a rocky start this week after the King of Saudi Arabia backed out just four days ahead of the gathering. While Saudi Arabia's crown prince will attend, some say the King's withdrawal signals a royal snub. Peter Baker of The New York Times will report on the Camp David summit where officials will discuss the prospects of increased U.S. arms sales and intelligence gathering to combat rising terrorist threats.
- KQED World: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
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KQED 9: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
*A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the NSA bulk collection of telephone call information is illegal. The court said that information can only be gathered when there is something specific to investigate. Pete Williams of NBC News will have context and analysis on the impact and ramifications of the decision for future anti-terrorism efforts.
*New Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore this week to talk with citizens and law enforcement officials about the relationship between police and the community in the wake of the recent events in the city. In the meantime, the mayor is asking the Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into the practices of the Baltimore police force after the death of an unarmed man in police custody. Pierre Thomas of ABC News will report on Lynch's first weeks on the job and her priorities as the DOJ is being asked to weigh in on local policing in jurisdictions across the country.
*The list of Republicans vying for their party's presidential nomination doubled this week as three new candidates entered the race. Jeff Zeleny of CNN will have the latest on how Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina will shape the ever-evolving GOP primary contest.
*And in the Democratic race, frontrunner Hillary Clinton traveled to Las Vegas where she announced support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal will join us to discuss Clinton's outreach to Latino voters and her campaign's pushback on the new book raising questions about the fundraising practices of the Clinton Foundation.
*Plus, in this week's Take, Gwen shares advice for voters about how to listen to presidential candidates.
*A Look in the Washington Week Vault: After a federal judge ruled against the NSA's data collection, we look back to May 12, 2006, when our panelists discussed the fallout over a secret NSA program that tracked and saved a database of millions of phone calls during the Bush administration. The discussion -- nine years ago -- highlights an historic debate over how far the government should go in surveillance of Americans.
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KQED 9: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 7:30 PM
*Baltimore remains on edge following the death of a 25-year old man who suffered fatal spinal injuries while in police custody. All week, street protests have brought national attention to the issues of poverty, race relations and policing in urban communities. Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post, who has lived in Baltimore for 30 years, and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will explain why some lawmakers and civic activists say the issues of economic inequality, crime and justice could be the civil rights cause for this generation.
*At the Supreme Court the justices appeared to be divided over the issue of same-sex marriage during Tuesday's oral arguments. Joan Biskupic of Reuters will explain why Justice Anthony Kennedy could again be the pivotal vote in changing the longstanding legal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
*Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially jumped into the 2016 presidential race as a Democrat this week. The 73-year-old lawmaker has been in Congress for more than 20 years and is planning to push a liberal agenda as an alternative to frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal will report on Sanders challenge to Clinton and how populism could play in the race for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
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