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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, Apr 26, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings were planning a larger-scale attack in Times Square. That's what the surviving brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev has told investigators who questioned him in his Boston hospital room this week. Meanwhile federal authorities are under pressure from Republicans in Congress to answer questions over whether information provided by the Russians about the surviving 19-year-old brother's possible ties to radical Islamists was mishandled or not followed up on appropriately. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will have the latest on the bombing investigation.
* On Thursday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed that US intelligence has strong evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons, specifically, the nerve agent sarin, in its fight against rebel forces. The White House has warned that Syria's use of chemical weapons would be a "red line" for possible intervention. James Kitfield of National Journal will look at the dilemma facing the Obama administration that wants to support Syrian rebels while avoiding a military engagement in the Middle East.
* This week US Senator Max Baucus of Montana announced that he will not seek re-election next year. Baucus becomes the 6th Senate Democrat to announce his retirement this election cycle. Susan Davis of USA Today will report on why Republicans see the departure of this influential red-state Democrat as an opportunity to take back control of the Senate in 2014.
* Plus, Dan Balz of The Washington Post will report on the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and how it reflects the legacy of Mr. Bush's 8 years in office.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* Late Thursday the FBI released video and photos of two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing. Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying the men who were spotted carrying back packs near the race finish line on Monday. The twin blasts killed 3 people and left more than 170 others wounded. Tom Gjelten of NPR will have the latest on the investigation.
* Efforts to strengthen gun control laws following the Newtown massacre went down to defeat in the Senate on Wednesday. President Obama blamed the legislation's failure on fear-mongering and misinformation adding, "Instead of supporting this compromise, the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill." Four Republicans voted for the amendment: Sens. Susan Collins, Mark Kirk, John McCain, and Pat Toomey. Four Democrats opposed it: Sens. Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Heidi Heitkamp, and Mark Pryor. Jeff Zeleny of ABC News will report on why, despite the aggressive push by the president and emotional pleas from families of gun-violence victims, the bipartisan plan to support expanded background checks were rejected by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
* The Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight rolled out its proposal for comprehensive immigration reform this week. The legislation hinges on bolstering border security while creating a temporary worker program and providing a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally. Some conservatives say the plan is nothing more than aggressive amnesty. Fawn Johnson of National Journal will explain the practical measures contained in the compromise plan.
* Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will report on the week in politics and the ongoing political debates over gun control and immigration reform.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Just as the cherry blossoms were blooming in Washington DC, there was an unusual outbreak of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.
* Nearly four months after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Senate voted today to take up debate on tough new gun legislation. The bipartisan bill to expand background checks was proposed by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA). Earlier in the week, a number of GOP senators had threatened to filibuster any attempt on new gun restrictions. Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post will have the latest on the highly-charged debate and the outlook for passage given Republican control of the House.
*On Wednesday President Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion budget blueprint that aims to reduce the deficit, raise taxes on the wealthy, and trim entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare. John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times will have analysis of the president's first budget of his second term that has rankled Republicans and some among his own Democratic base.
* On the same day the president released his budget, he hosted a White House dinner for a dozen Senate Republicans to discuss the economy as well as guns and immigration reform. President Obama is hoping this type of outreach to conservatives will help break through the gridlock and jumpstart his bold, second-term agenda which is sputtering. John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will take a closer look at the political calculations and how they might play out in the months to come.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 14, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, Apr 5, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* While the White House is playing down threats from North Korea that it is preparing to attack the United States, the Pentagon is dispatching US warships to the region and beefing up missile defense systems as precautionary measures. North Korea's hostile rhetoric and saber-rattling are nothing new. But with limited intelligence, there are growing concerns about North Korea's capabilities. David Sanger of The New York Times will report on the escalating tensions and deteriorating situation along the Korean Peninsula and the US response.
* A robust stock market, improving housing market and rallying car sales are trends that seem to reflect rising confidence in the economy. Job growth has even picked up in recent months, but Labor Department reports show much of the growth has been created by companies filling low-wage, low-skilled jobs. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal will take a closer look at how some inconsistent indicators are projecting mixed signals about the future of the US economic recovery.
* A bipartisan group of Senators seems to be on the verge of reaching an agreement on an immigration reform bill. But there are a few obstacles that must be resolved first including determining the best path to earned citizenship and an employment verification system. Fawn Johnson of National Journal will have the latest on the negotiations on Capitol Hill and where the House might come down on new immigration legislation.
* Plus, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report will have a wrap-up of this week's political stories from South Carolina's Mark Sanford to Hillary Clinton's return to the public stage.
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