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Washington Week Previous Broadcasts
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
On the eve of a new year and the start of President Obama's second term, we will pause to examine the significant news stories of 2012 including prickly partisan politics, a turbulent and tight presidential race, and international conflicts that are reshaping US foreign policy.
* Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will take a closer look at the issues that uniquely defined the long and often tense presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney including a long and nasty GOP primary, the Obama campaign's successful get-out-the-vote strategy, debate performances, the 47% gaffe, and record-breaking campaign spending.
* Michael Duffy of Time Magazine will report on President Obama's significant achievements during the past year and over the course of his first-term, the challenges ahead in 2013, and how he hopes to shape his legacy.
* John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times will have analysis of the toxic working relationship between the White House and Congress over a number of issues including health care, taxes and the budget.
* Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will examine the Obama administration's 2012 foreign policy challenges including unrest in the Middle East, instability in Egypt and Libya, concerns about Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea, and what's ahead for John Kerry as the president's second-term secretary of state.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
* After a turbulent couple of weeks amid speculation that she was the leading candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice withdrew from consideration as America's top diplomat. In a letter to President Obama she said she didn't want to be a political distraction. There were increasing signals that her potential nomination could run into significant opposition from Republicans in the Senate led by John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte because of her statements regarding the September attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will have background and the latest on how President Obama is looking to reshape his national security team.
* Meanwhile, the deliberations between the President and House Speaker John Boehner to avert the looming economic fiscal cliff continue. There have been phone calls and at least two face-to-face meetings between the leaders but little public progress to report. John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News joins us to discuss why what sounds like a stalemate may actually be a sign of progress.
* In a surprise announcement this week, Russian officials conceded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may be losing control of his country. Until now Russia has been Syria's most powerful ally. The United States has joined more than 100 nations to recognize the opposition coalition as the "legitimate representative" of the Syrian people. We will get context and analysis on the nearly two-year old revolt and chances for a peaceful resolution from David Sanger of The New York Times. < br />* This week Michigan, birthplace of the American auto industry, became the 24th state to enact right-to-work legislation which effectively bars workers from being forced to join a union. David Shepardson of The Detroit News will explain the impact of the politically-charged issue and whether the argument that it helps to create jobs might sound enticing to other states around the country.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
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- KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
* President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have each proposed plans to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff but remain divided on the specifics of tax increases and spending cuts. While both sides seem to agree that a plunge off the cliff would be disastrous, no one seems to be rushing to stop it. Jackie Calmes of The New York Times and Eamon Javers of CNBC will have analysis on the public and behind-closed-door negotiations and examine whether the economy has the momentum to absorb the shock if the country does go over the fiscal cliff.
* One of biggest critics of any compromise proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff is Republican Senator Jim DeMint. In recent days the Tea Party activist has publically objected to Boehner's plan to raise revenue and reduce spending. But today the South Carolina senator surprised many with his announcement that he is resigning from the Senate to become president of a conservative think tank. Amy Walter of ABC News will take a closer look at some of the other post-election policy battles that have ignited an intra-party power struggle among Republicans.
* US intelligence has confirmed that the Syrian government of Bashar Al-Assad is mixing chemical components of sarin nerve gas and loading the deadly agent into bombs. President Obama has warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons against rebel forces or its own citizens but is there more the US can do? James Kitfield of National Journal reports why the costs of doing nothing about Syria's civil war are beginning to outweigh the risks of doing something.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 10:30 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
KQED 9: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
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 World: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 4:30 PM
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- KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
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