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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* Less than a week after President Obama asked Congress to formally authorize war against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants the group has expanded its influence into Libya. ISIS is taking advantage of the power vacuum in Libya following the ouster of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. This weekend the group released a video showing the mass beheading of 21 Egyptian Christian hostages. At the White House, President Obama called for a global effort to counter violent extremism and groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda during a three-day summit with representatives from 60 countries. Nancy Youssef of The Daily Beast reports on the rapid advance by ISIS militants beyond Iraq and Syria. Michael Crowley of Politico takes a closer look at why the Obama administration is under fire for its reluctance to use terms like "Islam" and "Muslim" to describe the militants.
* A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Obama's landmark order to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Texas and 25 other states had argued that the president's executive action to shield millions of illegal immigrants - including more than 4 million who are parents of U.S. citizens - was unconstitutional because it sidestepped Congress and put undue burdens on the states. Pete Williams of NBC News has the latest on the impact of the ruling and the administration's plan to appeal the injunction.
* Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush delivered his first major foreign policy speech this week. The potential GOP president candidate sought to distinguish himself from his father, the 41st president, and eldest brother George W. while acknowledging his place in the Bush political dynasty. John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News has analysis of what Mr. Bush revealed would be his approach internationally in dealing with current conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.
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* President Obama's request to Congress for a 3-year authorization to use military force against ISIS is being met with resistance from Republicans and some Democrats. Republicans believe the White House plan is too restrictive and limits the authorities of military commanders in the field. Some Democrats say the proposal is too broad and should include a ban on US ground troops. The president authorized the first airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria six months ago. So what's behind the new formal request for war powers? Peter Baker of The New York Times has answers and analysis. < br>* A ceasefire in Ukraine is scheduled to take effect this weekend following marathon peace talks between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The announcement came just days after President Obama said the U.S. was considering arming the Ukrainian government to defeat pro-Russian rebels if diplomacy failed. Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics has the latest on the ceasefire deal and possible US military support of Ukraine forces.
* Congress has less than 2 weeks to approve the Department of Homeland Security's $ 40-billion budget or risk a potential partial shutdown of the agency that secures US borders and provides counterterrorism services. House Republicans have passed a measure, but Senate Democrats are blocking it because it includes a provision to overturn President Obama's executive action on immigration. Manu Raju of Politico explains what's at stake.
* Plus, John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times takes a closer look at which presidential hopefuls are benefiting most from the stumbles and missteps of their potential 2016 rivals.
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* For months Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have seized headlines with the release of shocking videos showing vicious beheadings and the brutal torture and execution of hostages. The savagery reached a new level this week with the news that a Jordanian pilot, captured last year by ISIS militants, was burned alive. King Abdullah of Jordan has vowed to the step up the fight against ISIS as part of the US-led coalition to destroy the jihadist militants. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times has analysis of the rapid rise of ISIS that has seized large parts of Syria and Iraq and the response by the world community. * The US is considering sending weapons to Ukraine to help the government fight pro-Russian rebels. During a joint news conference in Kiev with the president of Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said it is clear that the biggest threat to the country continues to be Russian troop aggression. Michael Crowley of Politico has the latest on international efforts to stop Russian forces from taking control of eastern Ukraine.
* Plus, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and Gloria Borger of CNN explain how the issues of vaccines, public health and poverty are playing into the early, "unofficial" 2016 presidential campaign.
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* Talk of a prisoner swap involving Islamic State militants, Jordan and Japan has sparked an international controversy. ISIS is demanding Jordan release a female, would-be suicide bomber who was involved in a deadly 2005 attack in Amman in exchange for a Jordanian Air Force pilot and Japanese journalist who are being held hostage by the jihadists. The lingering question: should Jordan or any nation negotiate with terrorists? We get analysis from Nancy Youssef of The Daily Beast.
* President Obama cut short a state visit to India this week to travel with a bipartisan delegation to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the new king following the death of King Abdullah. Peter Baker of The New York Times traveled with the president and returns to report on Mr. Obama's mission to cement ties with both India and Saudi Arabia and bolster the United States' strategic relationships with these key allies.
* On Capitol Hill, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch was grilled by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary committee about immigration policy, healthcare and her predecessor Eric Holder during her confirmation hearings this week. Jeff Zeleny of ABC News takes us inside the hearings where senators not only wanted to evaluate the New York federal prosecutor's qualifications, but also drill her on her independence from the Obama administration.
* Plus, Dan Balz of The Washington Post examines how Hillary Clinton's potential run for the White House may be shaping the 2016 presidential race for Democrats and Republicans.
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