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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, Sep 28, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Gwen and the WW team travel to the heartland of Missouri this week for an Election 2012 broadcast from St. Louis.
A number of new polls show President Barack Obama has opened up a significant lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. According to a New York Times/CBS News/Quinnipiac University poll, Mr. Obama holds a 10 point advantage over Mr. Romney in the must-win state of Ohio. Similarly, the president holds a 9 point lead over his Republican challenger in Florida and a 12 point lead in Pennsylvania.
Early voting starts next week in Ohio so it's no surprise both candidates stumped for votes in the Buckeye State this week. For Mr. Romney, Ohio is pivotal to his presidential prospects. No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.
Joining Gwen Ifill in St. Louis with analysis of the 2012 presidential race: Charles Babington of the Associated Press. Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, Jim Tankersley of National Journal, and Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times.
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The political fallout continues following the release of a secretly recorded tape where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appears to disparage Americans who receive government assistance. Mr. Romney said that the 47% of Americans who support President Barack Obama think the government should take care of them and that many believe they are "victims." Romney added, "'I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.' While he said he regretted his choice of words, Romney went on to say that he knew those "dependent on government" would not vote for him in November.
In 2008 Barack Obama was also secretly recorded at a private fundraising event. Then candidate-Obama said rural voters in Pennsylvania and other small towns "cling to their guns or religion." The comments were politically embarrassing but happened during the heated primary race against Hillary Clinton not the general election.
Several new polls show President Obama has a slight edge over Romney among likely voters and a moderate lead in a number of key swing states. But could the candidates' performances at the upcoming presidential debates change the course of the race? Joining Gwen Ifill with insights and analysis of the race for the White House: John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, Gloria Borger of CNN, John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times, and Sam Youngman of Reuters.
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KQED 9: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
* Rioting and anti-American protests continue to spread across North Africa and the Middle East following the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the life of the ambassador and three other Americans. The FBI is investigating whether the attack in Libya was a terrorist act planned to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary or a violent reaction to an anti-Islam film produced in the US.
Since the Arab-spring uprising began in 2011, the US has provided Libya more than $200 million in humanitarian and military aid to help stabilize the country after Moammar Gadhafi was deposed and killed. But could this week's simmering and expanding unrest change US relations with Libya and other nations in the region? We will get some answers and analysis from Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and David Sanger of The New York Times.
* "Mitt Romney's swift criticism of the administration policy amid deadly protests in Libya and violence in Cairo touched a nerve and could mark a turning point for a campaign," reports Major Garrett of National Journal. He and Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal will examine how the simmering unrest overseas has moved foreign policy to the forefront of the 2012 presidential race.
* Plus we'll take a closer look at how the Federal Reserve plans to boost the economy and reduce unemployment and whether that action may change the dynamics of the race for the White House.
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Democrats recaptured the political spotlight this week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On Thursday night, President Barack Obama is expected to remind voters during his primetime acceptance speech of promises kept during his first term as well as his vision for moving the country forward if elected to a second term.
On Wednesday night in a speech to an overflow convention hall, former President Bill Clinton distilled the president's record, refuted point-by-point GOP attacks, and assured the audience that President Obama could turn the troubled economy around if re-elected.
All week long Democratic leaders have stepped up to the podium to rekindle voter enthusiasm by highlighting how the president has made the country better by passing health care reform, saving the auto industry and cutting taxes through the stimulus.
But Friday's jobs report could either give the Obama campaign a boost or serve to quell any post-convention bounce.
Gwen Ifill returns from Charlotte for a complete roundup of the Democratic convention and analysis of where the presidential race goes from here with Dan Balz of The Washington Post; Peter Baker of The New York Times; Michael Duffy of Time Magazine; and Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News.
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A day after the Republican National Convention wraps in Tampa, Gwen Ifill travels to Charlotte, North Carolina for a special Election 2012 edition of Washington Week.
All week a parade of past, present and future Republican party leaders stepped up to the podium at the GOP convention in Tampa to lay out the conservative case for why America needs a new direction and why Mitt Romney is the man for the job.
The former Massachusetts governor accepted the Republican Party's nomination during a primetime speech Thursday night. Romney was expected to dissect President Obama's record and explain how his administration would "turnaround" America. On Wednesday night Romney's running mate Paul Ryan energized the convention hall with a rousing speech where he talked about the Obama administration's policy failings and how Mitt Romney would not duck the tough issues as commander in chief.
Next week the political attention shifts to Charlotte where Democrats open their own convention. There President Obama will present his case to America about why he and Vice President Joe Biden deserve a second term and why the Romney-Ryan ticket is the wrong choice for America.
The president spent this week monitoring Hurricane Isaac and the situation in the storm-ravaged Gulf. He also held rallies in 3 battleground states targeting his message to young people and talking about the important choice voters will have to make in November. In 2008 the college vote helped Obama win the White House.
Joining Gwen Ifill in Charlotte this week:
Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times;
Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post;
John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times;
And Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics.
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