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, Jan 25, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* President Obama's inaugural address laid out an ambitious progressive agenda for his second term. He delivered a bold call to action on a number of issues including gun control, gay rights, immigration and climate change. Dan Balz of The Washington Post will have analysis of how the president's tone revealed how he has changed as a leader over the past four years.
* Republicans are gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina this week to recalibrate after losing the 2012 presidential election and seats in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News will examine how the GOP is looking to expand its base by reaching out to Hispanics and younger voters who are a rapidly growing portion of the electorate.
* The House has passed a Republican plan to temporarily extend the debt limit until May 18. The legislation does not raise the debt limit but averts the immediate threat of default. It also includes a stipulation that members of Congress will have their salaries suspended if they do not reach a budget deal by April 15. John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times will have details of this short-term extension and the long-term fiscal battles ahead between Congress and the White House.
* Plus, Martha Raddatz of ABC News will explain what the Pentagon's groundbreaking decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat will mean to a military still fighting abroad. Plus she will report on outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's testimony about the deadly attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
In this last week of his first term, President Obama rolled out the biggest US plan to confront gun violence and strengthen gun-control laws in generations. The sweeping proposal includes increased enforcement of existing gun laws, universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and improved mental health services.
The political battle over gun rights has intensified since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Recent polls show the majority of Americans favor more stringent gun laws that would close sales loopholes at gun shows and limit high-capacity magazines. The National Rifle Association (NRA) insists the president's plan is an encroachment of their constitutional right to bear arms and says it is prepared for "the fight of the century." < br />In 2009 Barack Obama came into office with soaring approval ratings and an abundance of optimism calling for "a new era of responsibility" in the face of the nation's economic crisis. After a long downturn, the economy is getting stronger. Healthcare reform is the law of the land. But the president has not fulfilled all his first-term promises. Unemployment remains high. The Guantanamo Bay detention prison remains open. And any hopes of fostering bipartisanship seem to have disappeared in a nation that seems to be more politically divided.
Gwen Ifill will get analysis of President Obama's first-term successes and setbacks and will look ahead to his second-term priorities with: Peter Baker of The New York Times, John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, and Charles Babington of the Associated Press.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* With just 10 days until he is sworn into office for a second term, President Obama's cabinet continues to take shape. He nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, tapped John Brennan to be the next CIA Director, and picked White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew to succeed outgoing Treasury Secretary Geithner.
Hagell, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, is expected to face the toughest confirmation hearings as some of his positions on defense and foreign policy are unpopular with both Democrats and his fellow Republicans. Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics and James Kitfield of National Journal will take a closer look at what President Obama's choices of Hagel and Brennan may say about his second-term national security priorities.
If confirmed, Jack Lew would start as Treasury Secretary amid a brewing fight on Capitol Hill over whether to raise the debt ceiling. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal will take a closer look at Lew's budget negotiating experience as former head of the Office of Management and Budget for both Presidents Clinton and Obama.
* At the White House, Vice President Biden held meetings this week with victim's groups, gun-safety organizations and representatives from groups supporting gun rights including the NRA to discuss measures to curb gun violence in the wake of the Newtown school shooting. Biden is heading up a task force aimed at presenting options to President Obama on ways to strengthen gun laws to prevent future mass shootings. Christi Parsons of the Los Angeles Times will report on what if any common ground may exist between the gun-control and gun-rights groups on this highly-charged issue.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Jan 4, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
After months of political brinkmanship, Congress reached a last-minute compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff. The deal averted raising taxes on most middle-class Americans but it didn't address the nation's serious deficit problems. Lawmakers postponed a decision on spending cuts for another two months.
Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hammered out the New Year's Day deal that further highlighted the deep partisan politics that have prevented lawmakers from reaching any long-term or lasting solutions. Had the deal not been reached, the US economic recovery could have stalled and had a ripple effect on global economies. So what happens next and will the new 113th Congress that was sworn into office today be able to bridge the entrenched partisan divide in Washington?
Gwen Ifill examines the political fallout of the fiscal negotiations and looks ahead to the next showdown over raising the federal debt ceiling with: Peter Baker of The New York Times, Susan Davis of USA Today, Eamon Javers of CNBC, and Michael Viqueira of NBC News.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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