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
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* The latest showdown over deficit reduction has the White House and Congress trading blame for the lack of a deal rather than working together to reach a compromise. If a budget deal is not reached, 85 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts are set to kick in March 1. What are the chances for a deal before the deadline? We'll get answers and analysis on the politics of sequestration from John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times.
* An American cyber security company revealed this week that China has orchestrated worldwide computer hacking attacks on US businesses, news organizations and government agencies. The Chinese government denies the allegations, but there is growing concern the next phase of these high-tech attacks could involve "cyber espionage" of US power systems, air traffic, and other infrastructure. David Sanger of The New York Times reports on what the US is doing to protect the US economy and national security from these cyber intrusions.
* "Washington Week" is part of PBS' "After Newtown" initiative, a series of documentaries, news reports and public affairs programs providing thought-provoking context to the national conversation about gun violence in America. PBS has brought together its science, documentary and public affairs programs to provide in-depth reporting on the myriad issues related to gun violence, including gun laws, mental health support and availability, and school safety. This week Molly Ball of The Atlantic and Sari Horwitz of The Washington Post will report on the renewed push for tougher gun laws at the state and federal level in the wake of the Newtown school shooting and the deepening divide over gun rights.
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* President Obama began a 3-city, post-State of the Union tour Wednesday, to rally support for a number of his second-term policy goals. Among the key issues: raising the minimum wage, universal early childhood education, immigration reform and tougher gun-control legislation. The president said his proposals will strengthen the middle class without adding "a dime" to the deficit. Republicans are skeptical. In the official GOP response to the president's address, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said the nation's problems cannot be solved by more government spending.
Considering the deep partisan divisions that exist in Washington, and the fact that many of President Obama's initiatives will require congressional action, what can really get done? We will get answers and analysis from John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times, Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair, Eamon Javers of CNBC.
* Plus we'll have the latest on the seemingly stalled confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to become the next Secretary of Defense and an update on the possibility that automatic sequestration budget cuts will take effect March 1.
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* A confidential Justice Department memo explaining the justification for targeting US citizens involved with terrorist groups overseas with drone strikes became public this week. After a number of legal experts and lawmakers raised concerns about the legality of the operation, the White House agreed to release classified documents to Congress explaining the administration's rationale. Carrie Johnson of NPR will report on the targeted-killing policy and how decisions about these types of attacks are made by the CIA and Defense Department.
* As he begins his second term, President Obama appears to be using the bully pulpit as a means of seizing control of the public narrative to rally public support for his second term agenda. But will his message breakthrough the political gridlock in Washington? Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will take a closer look at the president's new strategy to win the political battle with Congress over key issues like immigration reform and gun control.
* Meanwhile the GOP is dealing with its own internal battles between establishment conservatives and Tea Party Republicans. Beth Reinhard of National Journal will report on why some Republican Party leaders are trying to redefine the GOP agenda and come to terms with the struggles between ideology and electability.
* Plus, Pete Williams of NBC News will report on the Justice Department's civil lawsuit against the credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's because it failed to warn investors at the beginning of the financial crisis that the housing market was about to collapse.
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* A mixed bag of economic data has many people scratching their heads about the strength of the economic recovery. US stocks are hovering near all-time highs and the housing market has begun to bounce back. But while unemployment is down slightly, it remains close to 8%. And this week we learned the US economy actually shrank in the final quarter of 2012. Are these new numbers a sign of a temporary slowdown in the economic recovery or something else? We'll get answers and analysis from David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal.
* President Obama says he expects his sweeping immigration reform to be passed by Congress "within 6 months." Earlier this week 8 senators announced a bipartisan plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Does the push by the president and bipartisan lawmakers, including prominent Republicans signal a new era and openness for immigration reform? And how different are things now than in 2007 when President George W. Bush made a failed push for reform? Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and Fawn Johnson of National Journal will report on the renewed effort for an immigration overhaul.
* Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel was pressed on a range of issues from Israel and Iran to gays in the military during his contentious confirmation hearing on Thursday. The former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska took some of the toughest questions from Senate Republicans including Sen. John McCain who challenged Hagel over whether the surge during the Iraq war was worthwhile. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will have a complete report on Hagel's testimony and his defense of his record as he soon hopes to head up the Pentagon.
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