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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. Gwen Ifill hosts.
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KQED 9: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
A number of blockbuster decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court this week dealing with same-sex marriage and voting rights. But the justices held off on ruling on the validity of affirmative action in school admissions by sending that case back to the lower courts. < br />In two landmark decisions, the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and refused to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriages in California. The decisions appear to have laid the legal groundwork for future cases challenging state laws banning gay marriage but neither decision addressed whether same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under the US Constitution. While supporters of gay rights are celebrating, opponents vow to continue their fight to preserve traditional marriage.
Earlier in the week, the sharply divided Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires states and local districts with a history of discrimination to get federal approval to change voting laws. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled the formula to determine which places need monitoring is out of date and ruled that Congress needs to revise the provision.
And in a decision about affirmative action, the high court questioned whether race should be a determinant in deciding college admissions at the University of Texas. The court sent the case to the lower court for further review saying that school needs to show that there are, "no workable race-neutral alternatives."
Joining Gwen Ifill to discuss the legal and policy implications as well as the political fallout from this week's Supreme Court decisions: Pete Williams of NBC News, Joan Biskupic of Reuters, Dan Balz of The Washington Post, and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report.
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Peter Baker of The New York Times will report on the success and setbacks President Obama had at this week's G8 summit and how his influence on the world stage has changed since his first term in office.
* Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News will explain attempts by the US to start talks with the Taliban to help end the 12-year old Afghan war and why President Hamid Karzai has suddenly decided to boycott the peace talks.
* Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post will take a closer look at the politics surrounding a tentative bipartisan deal on immigration reform in the Senate and the defeat of a sweeping farm bill in the House.
* Tom Gjelten of NPR will report on the NSA surveillance program and this week's disclosures that it helped foil more than 50 potential terrorist events, as well as news that the FBI has used drones for domestic surveillance here at home.
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* US and foreign intelligence agencies have determined that Syria has used chemical weapons against opposition forces multiple times over the past year. President Barack Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would cross a "red line" for the US. Late Thursday the White House announced that the US will provide military assistance to some rebel forces but released few specifics on the extent of America's involvement in Syria's civil war. Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times will have the latest on this developing story.
* Following the disclosures of the NSA's widespread anti-terrorism surveillance programs, there is a political debate over whether Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who leaked top-secret information, was acting as a whistleblower or traitor. Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will have the latest on investigations into the government's data-monitoring activities and the international search for Snowden.
* On Capitol Hill, lawmakers moved forward in considering comprehensive immigration reform. The Senate is debating a bill that would strengthen border security and require all U.S. businesses to check the immigration status of new hires. Alan Gomez of USA Today will have details of the bipartisan effort to create a path to citizenship for some 11 million people currently in the country illegally and hurdles still to be faced in the House.
* Plus Joan Biskupic of Reuters will explain the significance of today's Supreme Court decision that prohibits human genes from being patented but allows artificially copied DNA to be claimed as intellectual property. Plus we'll look ahead at the three major cases yet to be decided this term dealing with same-sex marriage, affirmative action and voting rights.
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* The National Security Agency (NSA) is reportedly collecting millions of Verizon customers' telephone records. Under the top-secret order, the government cannot record calls but it can obtain the telephone numbers, location, time and duration of calls. The Obama administration defends the order saying it is a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats. And while some top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee support the practice, key House Democrats are calling for an investigation into the NSA. Pete Williams of NBC News will report on why these new revelations are reigniting the debate over data mining and the scope of government surveillance since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
* This week President Barack Obama announced a major shakeup of his national security team. He appointed UN Ambassador Rice to succeed national security adviser Tom Donilon. Rice has been the target of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans over her handling of last year's deadly attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The president also nominated White House aide and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power to succeed Rice at the United Nations. David Sanger of The New York Times will take a closer look at the president's second-term foreign policy team. Plus he'll preview this weekend's crucial summit in California between President Obama and China's new President Xi Jinping.
* Lawmakers continue to work on a plan to change how the armed forces deal with an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will report on a range of measures being considered to protect female and male victims who file assault complaints as well as ways to limit military commanders' ability to overturn convictions for rape and other sexual assaults.
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* The White House continues to deal with an array of controversies from the IRS scandal to reports that the Justice Department secretly seized phone and e-mail records belonging to journalists. There are also growing concerns about possible problems surrounding the implementation of ObamaCare next year. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will have analysis of the dilemma facing the White House and Democrats: how to address these issues before they become a factor in the 2014 midterm elections.
* Republicans are dealing with their own internal challenges. During a rare TV interview, former Republican presidential nominee and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said that he and Ronald Reagan "couldn't have made it" in today's GOP adding, "I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says 'closed for repairs' until New Year's Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas." Molly Ball of The Atlantic and Reid Wilson of National Journal Hotline will report on the struggle Republicans face trying to overhaul the party and the role of the Tea Party in reshaping the GOP.
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