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Episode #5419H

KQED 9: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

President Obama's executive action to overhaul of the nation's immigration enforcement system will allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the country without threat of deportation. The plan will also expand the current "Dreamers" program that protects immigrants who came to the US illegally as children, but the new policy will not shield the parents of those Dreamers. Republicans are adamantly opposed to the president's plan and his decision to bypass Congress. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is vowing to undo the president's action when Republicans takeover Congress in January.
Joining Gwen Ifill to discuss specifics of the new immigration policy including its limitations and why the administration's plan is presenting political challenges for both parties and the president as he works to protect his legacy: John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times, Fawn Johnson of National Journal, Jeff Zeleny of ABC News, and John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5418H

KQED 9: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

* The US and China reached a historic agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions this week that seemed to signal a new international collaboration on addressing climate change. But on Capitol Hill the plan sparked predictable partisan debates as Congress reconvened.
* Despite post-election pledges of cooperation and bipartisanship from Republicans and Democrats, the start of the lame duck session of Congress saw both parties bickering over not only climate change but also judicial appointments and the hot-button issue of immigration reform.
* According to news reports, President Obama will move forward with executive actions to overhaul US immigration policy as early as next week. The White House plan would include work permits for some undocumented workers and would reduce deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants. Congressional Republicans are opposed to the president acting unilaterally and granting legal status to people in the US illegally. * Gwen Ifill will explore the new effort toward cooperation on Capitol Hill and how Republicans, Democrats and the president are prioritizing their legislative agendas for 2015 and beyond with: Susan Davis of USA Today, Coral Davenport of The New York Times, Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5417H

KQED 9: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 -- 7:30 PM

* Republicans made historic gains in the midterm elections this week winning control of the Senate, a wider majority in the House, and control of a number of governorships in key battleground states. President Obama and Republican lawmakers have both pledged to work together to end the political gridlock that has left many Americans frustrated. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the soon-to-be majority leader, has vowed to make the Senate more effective and functional to pass legislation. President Obama said he was eager to work with the new Congress and plans to meet with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday to discuss issues where there may be room for compromise.
* But immigration reform remains a divisive issue that could dim hopes of a new bipartisan spirit in Washington. On Wednesday the president reiterated his promise to take executive action if lawmakers fail to pass a comprehensive bill. Republicans warn that taking unilateral action would "poison the well" and stall any chance for immigration reform to move through Congress.
What will the legislative priorities be for Republicans, Democrats and the White House in 2015 and what will it take to get lawmakers to work together across the aisle? We'll get answers and analysis from: Peter Baker of The New York Times; Dan Balz of The Washington Post; John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times; and Beth Reinhard of The Wall Street Journal.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 7:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 9, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Episode #5416H

KQED 9: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 1:30 AM

Five days and counting until the mid-term elections and only two things are certain: polls show a number of key Senate races are tightening and the push to motivate voters to cast their ballots is intensifying.
The big prize for Democrats and Republicans - winning control of the Senate and in turn the ability to shape the legislative agenda in 2015 and beyond. There are 36 Senate seats up for grabs but polls show winning the majority may come down to ten competitive races in Colorado, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Georgia, Alaska, Kentucky and Iowa.
Joining Gwen Ifill to examine the competitive races that could determine control of the Senate; the contests where Democratic and Republican incumbents are facing tough reelection challenges; how public dissatisfaction with Washington gridlock may factor into the midterm elections; and how the elections next Tuesday set the stage for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency: Molly Ball of 'The Atlantic,' Karen Tumulty of 'The Washington Post,' Amy Walter of 'The Cook Political Report' and Jeff Zeleny of 'ABC News.'

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Nov 2, 2014 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Nov 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
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