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.
Washington Week Previous Broadcasts
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
This week provided some good lessons on the workings of Washington and the inside/outside maneuvering that sometimes goes on to get things done.
* With the fiscal cliff deadline looming, there were no "formal" negotiations scheduled this week but plenty of political jockeying between the White House and congressional Republicans regarding their positions on taxes and spending. One of the key sticking points for Republican lawmakers is President Obama's push to let tax cuts expire for wealthier Americans. What will it take to break the deadlock and reach a deal prior to the New Year? We'll get answers and analysis from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue from Mike Viqueira of NBC News and Susan Davis of USA Today.
* Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice spent part of the week on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress and answering critics' questions about comments she made regarding the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya in September. But her efforts to win GOP support from those opposing her possible nomination to be Secretary of State were less than successful with some vowing to block her nomination. Gloria Borger of CNN will examine how the controversy surrounding Rice raises the possibility President Obama will start his second term with a nasty confirmation fight.
- KQED Life: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 23, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
President Obama's historic trip to Asia was overshadowed this week by escalating violence in the Middle East. In addition, there were the looming fiscal cliff negotiations and post-election politics on Capitol Hill.
* The President dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the region to help finalize a cease fire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, But are the chances for peace more complicated now that with new leaders and power structures in the region following the Arab Spring? We'll get analysis from Peter Baker of The New York Times who traveled overseas with the president this week.
* Molly Ball of The Atlantic will examine the post-election politics surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations and the political maneuvering ahead.
* Meanwhile, many Americans will be spending part of their holiday weekend shopping. But with a sluggish economic recovery and the potential for tax increases if a deficit deal is not reached by year's end, will shoppers spend less? Jim Tankersley of National Journal will report on some of the key issues here at home and overseas that could slow down the US economic recovery.
* While millions of people will be spending this holiday weekend with family and friends, that's not the case for tens of thousands of men and women serving in the military. Martha Raddatz of ABC News shares some of the untold stories of sacrifice in this week's Washington Week Backstory.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 25, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
"I didn't get re-elected just to bask in re-election. I got elected to do work on behalf of American families and small businesses all across the country..." - President Obama, November 14, 2012
With that, the president, in his press conference, laid out his second-term agenda and sent a strong message to Republicans to find common ground and overcome the confrontation and gridlock of the past four years. The president was also peppered with questions about the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and the investigation of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As for the looming fiscal crisis, President Obama signaled that any deficit reduction deal must include revenue increases and that he's ready to battle Congress to reach an agreement before the automatic spending cuts go into effect.
Gwen Ifill will examine the Obama administration's second-term priorities and challenges with: Martha Raddatz of ABC News, David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, Helene Cooper of The New York Times, and Charles Babington of the Associated Press.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Nov 9, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
* In his re-election victory speech President Barack Obama pledged "the best is yet to come." But first the president has to find a way to get a divided Congress to reach an agreement to prevent a fiscal crisis or risk pushing the country into recession.
* Most analysts believe the Obama campaign's high-tech, micro-targeting of key voter demographics played a big role in the president's decisive win. Over the past three years the Obama campaign invested millions in voter ID and field organizing and in the end it paid off. So will this be the strategy other presidential campaigns will use in the future?
* Mitt Romney's defeat has plunged the GOP into an intense period of self-examination and debate over the need to broaden the conservative coalition. Can the current Republican Party leadership come up with a message that will appeal to an increasingly diverse American electorate?
Joining Gwen Ifill with analysis of the 2012 election results including some changes in Congress will be: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, Beth Reinhard of National Journal, and Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Nov 2, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
President Obama and Mitt Romney were back on the campaign trail today after Hurricane Sandy upended the presidential race forcing both candidates to temporarily suspend their campaigns. The president canceled three days of campaigning to focus on recovery efforts and to survey storm-ravaged areas destroyed by the superstorm. Mr. Romney canceled events at the height of the disaster, and then returned to the campaign trail muting his political attacks on the president. Now with just days until the general election and in a race so tight every vote counts, how are the candidates adjusting their political playbooks to insure a win? Joining Gwen Ifill with analysis: Amy Walter of ABC News, John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times, John Harris of Poltico, and Jackie Calmes of The New York Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 4, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
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- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 -- 2:00 AM