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, Aug 15, 2014 -- 7:30 PM
* The police-involved shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teen has sparked 4 days of violent confrontations between law enforcement and protestors in the town of Ferguson. 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed last Saturday while walking with a friend in his grandmother's neighborhood outside St. Louis. Tensions on the street escalated all week and on Wednesday night police used tear gas and stun grenades to try and control crowds. During a brief news conference on Thursday, President Obama urged everyone to remain calm and said it was time for healing on the streets of Ferguson. The Justice Department is now investigating possible civil rights violations surrounding the shooting. Carrie Johnson of NPR has the latest on the investigation into Brown's death and the possible use of excessive force by police in the aftermath of the shooting.
* The US is stepping up military assistance to Iraqi forces fighting ISIS militants who now call themselves the Islamic State. In addition to the strategic bombing of rebel targets and the dispatch of more than 100 military advisors to northern Iraq, the CIA is supplying weapons to Kurdish fighters who are battling the aggressive militant group. Late Thursday Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step down and support Haider al-Abadi, the deputy speaker of the Parliament as his replacement. Maliki had been facing political pressure to relinquish power. Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy Magazine updates us on the US mission and explain whether there is a political solution ahead in Iraq.
* Plus Jeff Zeleny of ABC News examines the reported rift between Hillary Clinton and President Obama over US foreign policy as the former secretary of state considers a possible 2016 run for the White House.
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The Obama administration is considering airstrikes in Iraq to help rescue tens of thousands of religious minorities who are stranded on mountaintops after fleeing the militant group ISIS according to a report in The New York Times. The White House would not confirm the report on Thursday but did say the situation in Iraq was on the verge of becoming a "humanitarian catastrophe." In recent weeks fighters from the Islamic State have seized control of the country's largest dam, the water supply and main electricity source. Helene Cooper of The New York Times broke the story and will join us to report on the options the US is considering to get humanitarian aid to displaced Iraqis, stop the aggressive assault by ISIS, and deal with the failures of Iraq's political leaders.
* During this week's US-Africa Summit in Washington, DC, President Obama pushed to expand trade and hailed "a new emerging Africa" rich with US business opportunities. Nearly 50 heads of state attended the three-day conference where more than $33 billion in US public and private investment was pledged to the continent. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will explain how the US hopes to expand its ties with Africa which is home to 6 of the world's fastest-growing economies. Gwen takes a closer look at the issues that were eclipsed at this week's conference including terrorism, corruption and the Ebola outbreak in this week's Gwen's Take.
* Plus, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report will have analysis of the latest public opinion polls that show Americans remain frustrated with Congress, the president, and their own struggle to recover from the financial meltdown of 2008; and she will explain how these issues may factor into the midterm elections.
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KQED 9: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 7:30 PM
* Congress scrambled to try and address a number of critical issues from border security to funding for the Veterans Administration before leaving to start its summer recess, but once again politics stalled any legislative progress. Intra-party politics forced House GOP leaders to cancel a Thursday vote on their own border bill because of strong opposition by members of their own party. House Republicans then moved to delay their August recess. Earlier in the week partisan politics were the backdrop to a vote by House Republicans to sue President Obama over his alleged abuse of executive power in enforcing the Affordable Care Act. Can anything be done to bridge the political divide that has lead to this legislative failure? We'll get answers and analysis from Robert Costa of The Washington Post and Molly Ball of The Atlantic.
* The crises in the Middle East and Ukraine continue to spark international criticism and outrage. On Thursday the US and UN announced that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire to begin Friday morning. During this time forces on the ground will remain in place while negotiations for a more durable truce continue.
* President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia for its continued actions to undermine Ukraine's sovereignty. Meanwhile the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian jetliner is being hampered by violent clashes between Ukraine's government forces and pro-Russian separatists.
Elise Labott of CNN and Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy magazine will examine why the US and European nations are taking a hard line on the deadly conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.
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