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, May 31, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* The White House continues to deal with an array of controversies from the IRS scandal to reports that the Justice Department secretly seized phone and e-mail records belonging to journalists. There are also growing concerns about possible problems surrounding the implementation of ObamaCare next year. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will have analysis of the dilemma facing the White House and Democrats: how to address these issues before they become a factor in the 2014 midterm elections.
* Republicans are dealing with their own internal challenges. During a rare TV interview, former Republican presidential nominee and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said that he and Ronald Reagan "couldn't have made it" in today's GOP adding, "I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says 'closed for repairs' until New Year's Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas." Molly Ball of The Atlantic and Reid Wilson of National Journal Hotline will report on the struggle Republicans face trying to overhaul the party and the role of the Tea Party in reshaping the GOP.
KQED 9: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
In a major address on Thursday, the president unveiled new guidelines for combating terrorism and the administration's use of drones in that fight. This came on the heels of the new disclosure that 4 Americans had been killed in drone strikes since 2009. He also renewed his call to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times tells us what the president's new strategy means.
* Meanwhile, controversies continued to swirl throughout Washington this week, particularly around the IRS and its extra scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Are the questions about "who-knew-what-when" eroding Americans' trust in government? Dan Balz of the Washington Post has perspective and analysis of the impact on President Obama's standing.
* The devastating tornado in Oklahoma again put the issue of federal disaster relief front and center this week. Charles Babington of the Associated Press looks at how - in the wake of recent natural disasters - the issue of paying for disaster relief has become a political hot potato.
* The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed and sent to the full Senate a comprehensive immigration reform bill that's sure to stir up controversy on Capitol Hill. Fawn Johnson of National Journal has the latest on the reform push and the next steps for both the Senate and the House.
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KQED 9: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
A trifecta of troubles dogged the Obama administration this week. There was the continuing fallout from the deadly attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Then news broke that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting conservative groups when they applied for tax exempt status. And finally it was revealed that the Justice Department had secretly seized the telephone records of Associated Press reporters as part of an investigation into classified leaks.
By mid-week President Obama announced that he had asked for, and accepted, the resignation of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. On the same day the White House released 100 pages of emails between the CIA, White House and State Department written in the wake of the Benghazi attacks, and Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the Justice Department's probe of AP reporters as part of an investigation into a story about a terrorist plot in Yemen.
Despite the actions taken, the Obama administration continues to face harsh criticism from Republicans over a lack of transparency and the perceived politicization of the IRS. Conservative lawmakers are also demanding more details about the events at the diplomatic mission in Benghazi as well information on what, if any, involvement the White House had in the Justice Department's leak investigation.
Gwen will discuss the politics and policy surrounding this week's "scandals" as well as details from Friday's House hearings on the actions of the IRS with Gloria Borger of CNN, John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times, and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post.
- KQED World: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* During House Oversight Committee hearings this week, 3 State Department officials disputed the Obama administration's account of what happened during the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya last September in which US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and 3 other Americans were killed. Charles Babington of the Associated Press will report on the dramatic testimony by the 3 who are being hailed as whistleblowers by Republicans. Meanwhile Democrats charge the event and deaths are being politicized.
* Secretary of State John Kerry was involved in a delicate, diplomatic dance with Russia this week as the 2 nations held talks to address the civil war in Syria. Peter Baker of The New York Times will have the latest on the diplomatic push and how the 2 nations differ on the best way to address the crisis and put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. He'll also have the latest on Kerry's warning to Russia not to sell a missile defense system to Syria following Israel's bombing raids there last weekend designed to stop arms from reaching the Palestinian group Hezbollah.
* Jeff Zeleny of ABC News will report on renewed attention by Congress this week to address immigration reform and jumpstart tougher gun laws.
* Plus, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News will have analysis of a US Census report on the increasingly diverse American electorate and the significance of African-Americans making history in 2012 voting at a higher rate than white Americans.
- KQED World: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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KQED 9: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
* Two students from Kazakhstan and an American teenager are charged with obstructing the police investigation into the April 15 bombing in Boston. All 3 are college friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Pete Williams of NBC News will have the latest on the international investigation and what the 3 friends told police about the 19-year-old bombing suspect. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine will have analysis of an exclusive Time/CNN/ORC poll done after the terror attacks in Boston that shows Americans are still more concerned about their own civil liberties than new homeland security measures.
*Before President Obama headed to Mexico this week, he held a press conference to answer reporters' questions about his second-term priorities. While at the top of his list were tougher gun laws and comprehensive immigration reform, he also renewed his pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, something he failed to do in his first term. Christi Parsons of Tribune will have analysis of how President Obama's second-term agenda is being tested by unexpected news events and growing political polarization and gridlock in Washington. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will report on another dilemma facing the White House; how to help Syrian refugees and rebels while avoiding direct US military intervention in Syria despite evidence the administration says that chemical weapons are being used by Syrian forces.
- KQED World: Sun, May 5, 2013 -- 4:30 PM
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