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Series Description: WASHINGTON WEEK, 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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    The first criminal case is brought against an Enron official. Jeff Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine has the details. The prospect of a war with Iraq continues to be debated. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times reports. Barb Bradley of NPR has the story of how the Justice department is managing civil liberties and civil rights while virtually shutting out the other branches of government. And finally, two incumbent members of Congress from Georgia lost primaries this week. That story plus a status report on the upcoming House elections from Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report and CBS News. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The rumblings against Iraq reach a dull roar as Vice President Cheney makes the case for war against Iraq. Does it matter what Congress or the U.N. might have to say? What of some of the elder statesmen within the Republican party and their cautions against war? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times reports. The delicate dance between the United States and Saudi Arabia continued this week. David Sanger of The New York Times has the story of U.S./Saudi relations, the alliances and the challenges. As we approach September 11, a nation of politicians, advertisers, journalists, victims and others grapple with how to deal with the anniversary. Susan Feeney of National Public Radio has that story. And finally, a look at the New Hampshire Republican Senate race. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal has the details. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4210

    The Administration prepares to make the case to Congress and the United Nations for war with Iraq. Michael Duffy of Time magazine reports. Will Congress be convinced? What do they need to hear and how much say do they want to have? Gebe Martinez of Congressional Quarterly has been following that story. Afghanistan remains unsettled. Can we just pull out and concentrate on Iraq? Can we manage wars in both places? Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio looks into that debate. And finally, September 10th is primary day in much of the country. What's at stake? Rick Berke of The New York Times sets the scene. [26 minutes]

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    This week, a special Washington Week will mark the anniversary of the September 11th attacks by bringing together more than 20 of our panelists to share their reflections on the events of a year ago and to assess where we are today. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4212

    The United Nations, the US Congress and Saddam Hussein himself weigh in on Iraq. What next? Saddam Hussein as public enemy number one. The president orders all hands on deck to convince the United Nations, Congress and the world that Saddam must go. The intelligence failures that led to the September 11th attacks. What should we have known?--as the search goes on for plotters who might strike again. The cost of war, not just guns and soldiers, but also the $200 billion price tag. How will it affect your pocketbook? And while Washington talks war, the rest of the country is in full campaign swing. Developments this week in Florida and Massachusetts. [26 minutes]

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    This week, Democrats rise to the occasion, and the White House fights right back. The big debate: security--international, domestic, economic and political--as Democrats take on the White House, raising questions and taking names. But is this new war of words knocking the White House off course? International debate heats up. Midterm elections just five weeks away, and candidates target the latest political sleeping giant, angry investors, as the Senate dukes it out over the president's federal judge picks. A lot more than simple politics is at stake. Covering these stories: Gloria Borger of US News and CBS News, David Sanger of The New York Times, Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal and Joan Biskupic of USA Today. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4214

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill This week on Iraq, movement at the UN and in the Congress. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Michael Duffy of Time Magazine report. And while Congress is focused on Iraq, what AREN'T they getting done? Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post has that story. And finally.... New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli. Why he decided to bow out and what that might mean about the control of the Senate. Mara Liasson of National Public Radio takes a look. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4215

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill President George W. Bush is on the verge of getting the authority he seeks to attack Iraq and the administration stresses the links between Al Qaeda and Iraq. Tom Friedman of The New York Times reports. The president invokes the rarely-used Taft-Hartley Act to reopen West Coast docks. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal reports on what that means to the conflict and in the political arena. The Senate races and the balance of power. Karen Tumulty of Time magazine takes a look at the key races that will determine who holds the majority in the Senate. The Supreme Court is back.....issues range from affirmative action to civil liberties to copy right. Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times has that story. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. North Korea admits to secretly developing nuclear weapons. What does that bombshell mean for U.S./North Korea relations and U.S. efforts to win United Nations support for action against Iraq? David Sanger of The New York Times reports. Terror strikes in Bali. What do recent attacks tell us about the state of Al Qaeda? Martha Raddatz of ABC News has that story. Living with fear. The Washington metropolitan area is gripped with fear as a sniper strikes randomly. David Shribman of the Boston Globe tells the story of how a community lives with fear. Dan Balz of The Washington Post takes a look at the president's coattails, and independent producer Paul Stekler reports on the Cornyn/Kirk Senate race in Texas. It's the first of three weekly reports on politics in the president's home state. Next week, Stekler turns his attention to the Texas gubernatorial race, which, like the the Senate race, is up for grabs in a state thought to be solidly Republican. The third installment, on November 1, will examine the Texas precincts boasting the highest and lowest voter turnout, providing a snapshot of larger voting trends and exploring why so many Americans do not vote. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The United Nations nears a vote on the Iraq resolution. Doyle McManusof the Los Angeles Times has that report. The Bush Administration takes on generic drugs. Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post looks into the policy and the politics of the recent announcement. From Texas, a special report from independent producer Paul Stekler on the race for governor and the Hispanic vote. It's the second of three weekly reports on politics in the president's home state. And a report from John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal on the races to watch around the nation. And finally, the battle for the House of Representatives. What's at stake? What are the issues? Which are the most hotly contested races? Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report and CBS News takes a look. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4218

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. With Election Day rapidly approaching "Washington Week" takes a look at the races to watch. Close contests around the nation leave control of the Senate to be determined as well as the breakdown of Democrats to Republicans in state houses. And several House races are too close to call even as some experts say that the House will remain in Republican hands....or will it? From Texas, independent producer Paul Stekler has a special report on voter turnout in the president's home state. Joining Gwen around the table for this pre-election episode of "Washington Week" is David Broder of The Washington Post, Rick Berke of The New York Times, Jeff Birnbaum of Fortune magazine and Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4219

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The GOP takes the Senate and keeps control of the House and a new day in American politics dawns. We look at what happened, why and what happens next. How does President Bush use his newly won majority? How will the Democrats regroup? Our guests this week: Alan Murray of CNBC, Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report, Michael Duffy of Time magazine, Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4220

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Iraq says it will allow weapons inspectors. How will they search and what will they find? Martha Raddatz of ABC News reports. Osama bin Laden is believed to have released a new tape. What does that mean for our security and the prospect of war against Iraq? Michael Duffy of Time magazine has that story. President Bush is headed for a win on the Homeland Security bill. Why now instead of a month ago? For that story we turn to Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal. And finally....the Congress in a Lame Duck Session and electing new leadership. We take a look with Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times. The GOP takes the Senate and keeps control of the House and a new day in American politics dawns. We look at what happened, why and what happens next. How does President Bush use his newly won majority? How will the Democrats regroup? Our guests this week: Alan Murray of CNBC, Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report, Michael Duffy of Time magazine, Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4221

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Issues of national security remain at the forefront of American foreign and domestic policy. Weapons inspectors land in Iraq as President Bush, at the NATO meeting, warns Saddam Hussein anew. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times has the latest. Homeland Security Department is a step closer to becoming reality. Now the hard part: How will this behemoth be managed and paid for? Alan Murray of CNBC reports. The delicate balance between protecting civil liberties and national security is tested again. Pete Williams of NBC News has that story. And finally....Al Gore speaks. Out this week promoting his new book, he's also reintroducing himself to voters as he nears a decision about the 2004 presidential race. Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine spoke with him this week. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4222

    The hunt for weapons and homeland security. A Thanksgiving attack in Kenya. Is al-Qaida at work again, just as UN inspectors begin their hunt for weapons in Iraq? Meantime, Washington is reeling from the news that Saudi money somehow wound up in the hands of two of the 9/11 hijackers. Could this affect US-Saudi relations, or is everything about oil? Finally, it's home for the holidays, but how safe do you feel? [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4223

    Iraq nears a deadline to reveal its weapons as the White House works to anticipate all that may follow. Alexis Simendinger of the National Journal reports. The Bush Administration debates ways to stimulate the economy. What will they propose? Alan Murray of CNBC takes a look. Politics...The race for the last remaining Senate seat. What's at stake? Dan Balz has that story and more. And finally, the Supreme Court takes a case involving affirmative action that could change college admissions around the country. Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times explains. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4224

    What a week it's been! War talk, preparations and saber rattling were all stepped up this week, from Yemen to Qatar, from Iraq to the United Nations. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio report. The Congressional Commission on 9-11 made their report this week. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine takes a look. And finally....The firestorm around the remarks by Trent Lott at Strom Thurmond's 100 birthday celebration. Gloria Borger of U.S. News & World Report and CBS News has that story. And to the hundreds of you who responded to Gwen's invitation to e-mail us about Trent Lott's observations, thank you, we read them all. You'll find some sample responses on our Web site. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4225

    The U.S. moves closer to war as the chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix tells the Security Council that the Iraqi report is incomplete at best. David Sanger of the New York Times has the latest. Trent Lott's future remains uncertain, but the questions raised by his remarks continue to reverberate in Washington and around the nation. Gebe Martinez of Congressional Quarterly assesses the political landscape in the Senate. John Harwood of the Wall Street Journal looks at race and politics. Al Gore is out of the 2004 presidential race, and we examine the repercussions. David Shribman of the Boston Globe reports on the Democrats who would be president. Moderator: Gwen Ifill. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4226

    A year of remarkable events nears its close. We look back on the exceptional developments in foreign policy, the economy, legal affairs, and politics. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine, Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal, Joan Biskupic of USA Today, and Richard Berke of the New York Times discuss the news of 2002. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4227

    This week, a special "Washington Week." We look ahead at the issues and people to watch in 2003. Joining us will be: David Broder of the Washington Post on politics; Jeff Birnbaum of Fortune magazine on the economy and tax cuts; Ceci Connolly of the Washington Post on healthcare and prescription drugs; Tom Gjelton of National Public Radio on our preparations for war; and Pete Williams of NBC News on the Supreme Court. Moderator: Gwen Ifill [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4228

    Guest Moderator: Gloria Borger. The president announces his plan to grow the economy. Is it dead on arrival or another potential win for the Bush White House? Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal and Dan Balz of the Washington Post have the story. In another example of presidential muscle flexing, President Bush renominates failed judicial picks. We take a look with Joan Biskupic of USA Today. And, finally, the United States grapples with North Korea. What do we say and do to minimize the threat? And how do we proceed in Iraq? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times reports. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4229

    This week, a special "Washington Week." We take a look at the new Congress. What are the issues this Congress will tackle? Which members will be the most powerful? What are the challenges facing the new Senate majority leader? Does the White House face easy going or a skeptical body? Will the Democratic candidates for president strengthen or dilute the Democrats' message? And what is the job of the Congress as the nation prepares for war? We explore these areas and more with David Broder of the Washington Post, Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times, Gebe Martinez of Congressional Quarterly, Martha Raddatz of ABC News and John Harwood of the Wall Street Journal. Moderator: Gwen Ifill [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4230

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The State of the Union is on Tuesday. What will President Bush say? How will he say it? And how will he balance domestic priorities with the prospect of war? We preview the State of the Union with Alexis Simendinger of National Journal. The Bush Administration presses on, making the case for war with Iraq. Key allies are urging restraint. David Sanger of the New York Times is just back from a tour of Berlin, Paris and London. We take a look at the positions of these nations. And, finally, the Democratic candidates came together this week for the first time, and all signs point to new entrants in the coming months. Gloria Borger of U.S. News and World Report has that story. ~ [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4231

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. This week, the State of the Union. The balancing act between domesticissues and wartime demands, politics and policy. Joining us: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal, Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Todd Purdum of The New York Times. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4232

    Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the U.N. Security Council this week to lay out the U.S. position on a war with Iraq. Martha Raddatz of ABC News was there and has that story. What next on Iraq? Powell has spoken; who has he convinced? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times takes a look. Tragedy strikes the crew of the space shuttle Columbia. What happened, what is the future of the space program and what does that final frontier mean to Americans? Michael Duffy of Time Magazine investigates. And finally, the budget ... it is not likely to pass as presented but what does the president's budget proposal tell us about the priorities of this president? Jeff Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine reports. Moderator: Gwen Ifill. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4233

    We examine our national security and the road to war. Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix reports to the Security Council on Friday. Martha Raddatz of ABC News brings us that report and the latest from our NATO allies. The U.S. continues to hope that developments in North Korea can be managed by diplomacy. David Sanger of the New York Times covers this week's developments and takes a look ahead. The CIA chief, the terror threat and the latest from Osama bin Laden. How is America handling the threat? Michael Duffy of Time magazine reports. And, finally, American troops on the way to war. Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio brings us up to date on American troop deployment and preparedness. Moderator: Gwen Ifill. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4234

    In the shadow of last week's U.N. Security Council meeting and anti-war protests around the globe, the Bush administration hammers out plans for a new U.N. resolution and works with Turkey. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times has that story. And then there were...? The Democratic field for president swells again and again. Gloria Borger of U.S. News takes a look at the field and how the Democrats are grappling with the war issue. The states are suffering from the nation's economic woes and not getting much help from the federal government. For that story we turn to David Broder of the Washington Post. And, Michigan's affirmative action policies have the support of many major corporations and former military leaders but not the Bush administration. Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times reports on that case. Moderator: Gwen Ifill. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4235

    The president argues the case not for war but for the peace of a post-war world. We examine the argument with Alexis Simendinger of the National Journal. The economy is held hostage to the possibility of war; will everything be coming up roses in the aftermath of a war with Iraq? Jeff Birnbaum of Fortune magazine has that story. The senate is in the third week of a filibuster over the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal appeals court in Washington. Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at the filibuster playbook and who is up to what. Labor holds the first in a series of meetings to determine which of the democratic candidates, if any, will get their endorsement. And in turn, the democratic candidates are trying to make the cut. John Harwood of the Wall Street Journal reports. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4236

    The president holds a press conference ... another step on the road to war? Plus, there are allies and then there are allies ... what are Germany, France, Russia and Great Britain up to? And the latest Blix report. Lots to say ... Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal gets us started. Preparing for war ... deployments of troops, weapons and vehicles, all potentially without any help from Turkey. Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio brings us up to date on the various timetables. North Korea ... potentially another war? We take a look at what the North Koreans are up to and what it means for the United States. David Sanger of the New York Times has that piece. And finally, the capture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the terror threat. Pete Williams of NBC News reports. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4237

    President Bush has been on the phone all week dialing for allies. The administration is seeking nine votes in the Security Council for the latest U.N. resolution against Saddam Hussein. But prime minister Tony Blair, the president's strongest supporter so far, is getting flak from his countrymen for his position on Iraq. What will be the impact at the U.N.? What will it do to the president's plans to disarm Saddam? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Michael Duffy of Time Magazine bring us up to the moment. The potential for war is an issue on the campaign trail as well. National Public Radio's Mara Liasson was in Iowa and she'll tell us how voters are reacting to the Democratic hopefuls' positions on the war. [24 minutes]

  • America at War (#4238)

    A packed show tonight... A debrief from Central Command in Qatar with Steve Innskeep of National Public Radio. And, a closer look at the administration's efforts for a successful and uncomplicated victory in Iraq, as well as with the American people and our allies -- who continue to distance themselves from the U.S. and Great Britain. All this with Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio, Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times, Dana Priest of the Washignton Post, and Alexis Simendinger of the National Journal. Moderator: Gwen Ifill. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4239

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Operation Iraqi Freedom has entered its second week and it's been a challenging one. The White House and the Pentagon are confronting the harsh realities of a war zone. Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio brings us up to the moment from Doha, Qatar. NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Gjelten joins the panelists around the table and shares his expertise. Did President Bush anticipate such a tough fight on the ground in Iraq? Michael Duffy of Time Magazine sorts through the expectations and actualities. And this is just the beginning. The difficult task of rebuilding Iraq remains ahead. President Bush met with Prime Minister Tony Blair this week and the two hope to build international cooperation for the future of Iraq. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal describes these efforts. What will this all mean in dollars? President Bush has requested additional appropriations to fight the war. In the same week, the Senate took a first step toward reducing the size of the tax cut the president wants. How will all of this effect the nation's bottom line? Jeffrey Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine tallies it all up for us. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4240

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The coalition moved within sight of Baghdad this week and the administration defended the progress of the war on Iraq. This week on "Washington Week": Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio provides an update on the week's events in Iraq. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times describe Secretary Rumsfeld's defense of the war plan. Time Magazine's Michael Duffy discusses Secretary of State Colin Powell's role now that Operation Iraqi Freedom is underway. And on the home front, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a major affirmative action case and, in an unusual move, released a complete audio recording of the arguments. Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times has that story. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4241

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Saddam Hussein has lost control of Baghdad, but much remains unresolved. "Washington Week" sorts out the major developments of the week: Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio wraps up the coalition's military operations in Iraq. Dana Priest of the Washington Post addresses unresolved questions: Where is Saddam, and where are his weapons of mass destruction? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times tackles the tough issues surrounding Iraq's reconstruction. Will the international community have a role? And, David Sanger of the New York Times considers additional international implications of Operation Iraqi Freedom. What will North Korea, Syria, Iran and others conclude from the coalition's successes in Iraq? [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4242

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The war in Iraq may be winding down, but what about other so-called " rogue states," Syria and North Korea? And, while President Bush is not yet ready to declare full victory in Iraq this week, he was ready to turn attention back to his domestic agenda: A sizable tax cut. Will the Senate successfully fight the size of the president's tax cut? Martha Raddatz of ABC News reports on the latest military and diplomatic rhetoric from the Bush administration. Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio joins us from his regular beat at the Pentagon. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal has the latest from her reporting duties at the White House. CNBC's Alan Murray explains the latest on the economy. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4243

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The coalition has seen both progress and setbacks in the physical and political reconstruction of Iraq this week. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times has the latest. It's been an eventful week for Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Some see progress toward a new peace plan for the region. Martha Raddatz of ABC News explains the situation. Around the globe and close to home, the respiratory disease known as SARS is sickening some and frightening others. Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post has been following the developments. And, the 2004 presidential candidates, including George W. Bush, have stepped up their public appearances and have their eyes on the election. Richard Berke of The New York Times has that story. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4244

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. After almost two months of war in Iraq, President Bush declares the major fighting over and turns his attention to new challenges closer to home. White House reporter Alexis Simendinger of National Journal sums it up. Fresh from the military success in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld continues his reorganization of today's military with a leaner, more efficient fighting force. Time Magazine's Michael Duffy explains the plans. And now that the war is over, the 2004 Presidential candidates are looking to claim the limelight with the first Democrat debate this weekend, in Columbia, South Carolina. The Washington Post's Dan Balz reports live from the debate scene, and CNBC's Gloria Borger joins the studio panel with more on what is likely the earliest Presidential race. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4245

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. President Bush continues to push for his tax cut while the Senate tries to craft a plan the moderates can support. Alan Murray of CNBC has the story. The 2004 presidential candidates are off and running. Karen Tumulty of Time magazine brings us up to date and looks ahead. The U.S. ambassador plans to introduce a resolution at the United Nations to lift sanctions on Iraq. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times explains the proposal's chances for approval in the Security Council. Democrats in the Senate have been blocking approval of two particularly controversial judicial nominees. Joan Biskupic of USA Today analyzes the full record on Bush's appointments to the bench. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4246

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Another attack on civilians -- this time in Saudi Arabia -- reminds Americans that the war on terror is not over. Martha Raddatz of ABC News analyzes the impact on U.S. -Saudi relations. After months of negotiations, the Senate completes work this week on atax-cut plan. We take a look at the politics and the policies behind the bill with Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times. Democratic presidential contenders -- Massachusetts Senator John Kerryand former Vermont Governor Howard Dean -- have spent the week promoting their plans to improve health care. Dan Balz of the Washington Post tell us about it live from the heartland, Des Moines, Iowa. President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun met this week to discuss the security of the Korean peninsula. The New York Times' David Sanger has the story. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4247

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Despite months of strained relations over Iraq, the U.S. and allies have come together on a U.N. resolution. The Security Council voted overwhelmingly for a plan to lift sanctions and authorizes the U.S. and Great Britain to run Iraq temporarily. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times describes the agreement and looks ahead to the reconstruction of Iraq. Here at home and around the world, the threat of terror continues. Code Orange is in effect as a new Al Qaeda message surfaced this week. Meanwhile, administration officials stepped up efforts to evaluate and neutralize the danger. Michael Duffy of Time magazine has that story. President Bush didn't get everything he wanted in Congress' tax package, but he does have high hopes for new cuts that he hopes will shore up the faltering economy. Fortune magazine's Jeff Birnbaum has an accounting of the plan. As the president's campaign for re-election draws near, some key White House personnel are choosing to leave the team before the first term is up. Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times provides context to the departures. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4248

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The president is headed overseas with an ambitious itinerary: Shoring up transatlantic relations, working toward peace in the Middle East, and visiting American troops in Qatar are the major ticket items. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times previews the trip and what is at stake. The commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq reminded reporters "the war has not ended" after nine American soldiers were killed in attacks this week. National Public Radio's Tom Gjelten shares his reporting on the security and reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The Supreme Court this week surprised many when it ruled in favor of state employees fighting for their right to participate in the federal Family Medical Leave. Joan Biskupic of USA Today reports on what it means for the law, the court and the employees, as well as the justices who wrote the decision. With 10 presidential candidates vying for every swing vote they can scare up, politicians and analysts are eager to know what women want. Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine analyzes new data on motherhood and national security. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4249

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The President returned this week from an ambitious tour through Europe and the Middle East. While he mended fences with traditional European allies, he also worked to bridge the differences between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings and CNBC's Alan Murray are both back in the U.S. after traveling with the President and will join us for a Washington Week debriefing on all the latest developments. A deeply divided Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to loosen regulations on media ownership. Some in the industry cheered but independent-media activists erupted in protest. Pete Williams of NBC News describes the decision. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4250

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Just one week after President Bush joined leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Ariel Sharon to map out a peaceful future for the Middle East, renewed violence has erupted in the region. David Sanger of The New York Times joins us live from the president's vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, to analyze recent events and explain what they mean for President Bush's role in the peace process. In Iraq, the hunt for weapons of mass destruction continues. Questions about their likely existence persist here at home. Martha Raddatz of ABC News has the latest. Turning to domestic matters, the president spent part of his week drumming up support for his plan to modify the Medicare system. Will Congress agree to his blueprint? What will the changes mean for seniors? Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post addresses the issues. Hillary Clinton's memoir hit the bookshelves this week, generating sales to rival Harry Potter and set off a flurry of renewed analysis of the Clinton years. Gloria Borger of US News and World Report and CNBC evaluates the phenomenon. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4251

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Pressure is rising on the government in Iran. The international community suspects Iran of concealing a nuclear weapons program, and some are calling for inspections. At the same time, student protests in Tehran have drawn the approval of President Bush. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times analyzes the developments. Closed hearings began this week on Capitol Hill to examine pre-war intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Some senators are concerned that assessments of Iraq's threat to the U.S. may have been exaggerated or otherwise inaccurate. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine describes the controversy. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal has a wrap-up of the week's political news, and there' s plenty to discuss. The president's lucrative fundraiser, more debate on Medicare, and the latest on the Democratic presidential candidates: it's all on the table. The economy is sure to be one major political issue right up through the next election. On the eve of a possible cut in interest rates, the president was way outside the beltway to convince voters that he is ably steering the U.S. to an economic recovery. Jeffrey Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine sizes up the situation. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4252

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. With court-watchers everywhere on the lookout for a possible retirement, the Supreme Court handed down consequential rulings in the final days of this year's session. Decisions handed down included such controversial matters as affirmative action and Internet censorship. Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times and Joan Biskupic of USA Today explain the ramifications of the decisions. Also trying to beat a summer deadline, Congress is hard at work on legislation to create a prescription-drugs benefit for Medicare recipients. Gebe Martinez of Congressional Quarterly sizes up the politics of the debate. In Iraq, clashes continue. National Public Radio's Tom Gjelten has the latest on the post-war threats and violence. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4301

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. On this Independence Day, "Washington Week" takes a close look at how Americans currently define themselves and the associated politics of patriotism. This theme show, "Defining America," closely examines the issues central to democracy and what makes America both the envy of the free world, and a target of criticism and sometimes violence. The Washington Post's David Broder takes a critical look at America and its leadership. Particularly, as we head into the next presidential-election cycle, leadership on domestic and foreign policy issues will drive the choice in 2004. David Sanger of The New York Times takes us through the global politics that America faces today -- politics that define America's new and constantly changing role in the world. And, close to all Americans: the pocketbook. With unemployment at a new high, a stumbling jobless recovery, and varying ideas about tax relief, FORTUNE Magazine's Jeff Birnbaum helps us understand the present and future of Americans and the economy. Finally, liberty and the courts is the subject that USA TODAY's Joan Biskupic brings to tonight's discussion, as the Supreme Court -- and lower courts --continue to define some of the most important social parameters of the day. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4302

    Guest Moderator: Michel Martin of ABC News. Did the President know it was not true when he announced to the world that Iraq was buying nuclear materials in Africa? And what does this correction mean to the assessed threat Saddam Hussein posed to America? Martha Raddatz of ABC NEWS reports with the latest on the political and practical implications in this still-unraveling story. Now more than thirty days into the rebuilding of Iraq, American troops are still getting killed, with no real change on the horizon. Are our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines overextended? And what does that say about future missions, including assistance to the African nation Liberia. NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Gjelten examines the plans and pitfalls of our troop commitments. Africa takes center stage as Charles Cobb of allAfrica.com reports on President Bush's whirlwind trip to that continent. AIDS, trade, economic stability, and internal conflicts were some of the missions. But what was accomplished, and what does this Presidential trip mean to the United States, the African nations and the rest of the world? Will California oust its Governor? The signatures are in; the decision for a recall election looms. Just back from a trip to the Golden State, Wall Street Journal's John Harwood fills in the blanks and also explains what this potential move means to national politics. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4303

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Who knew what? And when did they know it? Those are just two of the questions plaguing the Bush administration these days after admitting to using in the State of the Union speech false intelligence that was used to help make the case for invading Iraq. TIME's Michael Duffy helps unravel this troubling issue facing the president and his team. And just what is happening, or not happening for that matter, in Iraq? Reports of low troop morale, logistical inertia, and possibly 20/20 hindsight with corrective lenses are filed daily out of Iraq. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times explains what the Bremer team is facing in the war-torn country and what it means to the United States. The race is on! For campaign funds, that is. President Bush's campaign chest totals more than the sum of all nine Democratic primary candidates. Gephardt's candidacy is weakened by falling short of his money goals. And just how is Howard Dean able to raise so much money on the Internet? These are some of the 2004 fundraising topics that Dan Balz of the Washington Post examines. Speaking of money, there are dour predictions from Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan this week. A burgeoning federal budget deficit could mean higher interest rates and suffering economic growth. CNBC's Gloria Borger gives us the latest account on the status of the U.S. economy. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4304

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Coalition forces took out two of Iraq's biggest bullies and American troops received the welcome news that the Pentagon is beginning to set finite limits on soldiers' deployments in the region. How do these developments change the outlook of operations in Iraq? Marth Raddatz of ABC News assesses the progress. After months of double checking pre-September 11th intelligence information, a congressional panel tries to answer the tough questions: was a "smoking gun" ignored? Did officials "connect all the dots" they could? Pete Williams of NBC News has been reading the 900-page report and will dissect the findings with our panel. Elsewhere in the intelligence community, this week saw a new admission of error regarding the faulty information that ended up in the President's State of the Union speech. Jeanne Cummings, White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, explains how this continuing controversy is affecting the administration. The signatures are in: California Governor Gray Davis will face a recall vote in the early fall. He'll campaign to retain his office in a state burdened with high unemployment, huge budget deficits, and cutbacks in public services. California is not alone in coping with these challenges; could Davis's battle forecast troubles ahead for elected officials nationwide? Karen Breslau, San Francisco-based reporter for Newsweek, spells it all out---live from the Golden State. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4305

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. In just his eighth news conference since elected, President Bush made headlines this week on both domestic and foreign fronts. Before heading to Crawford, Texas, for a summer break, the president made quite clear his views on homosexual marriage, unemployment in America, and what the future of the economy looks like. Also from the Rose Garden, President Bush reacted to questions about withholding September 11 information from Saudi officials, his embattled National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and and for the first time publicly took responsibility for those regrettable words about Saddam Hussein and uranium in Africa. Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal and Alexis Simendinger of National Journal report with the latest from the White House. Also at the White House, Israel's Sharon met with President Bush on the heels of the president's meeting with Palestinian Abbas. Can peace in the Middle East be reached in two years? President Bush thinks so. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times examines the plan, the players and the prospects for peace. It may be a year away, but the buzz of 2004 election year activity is deafening inside both parties. For the Republicans, is President Bush's optimism enough to carry him to victory? And will the Democrats be prepared to pounce at the first opportunity of weakness? The Washington Post's Dan Balz reports with the latest political analysis. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4306

    For over 30 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week and is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS. Washington Week features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events. The program currently maintains a small core group of regular correspondents and a larger group of occasional guests. October 1, 1999 marked the arrival of Washington Week's newest moderator, Gwen Ifill. As chief Congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, Ifill has been a frequent Washington Week panelist since 1992, and has occasionally served as guest moderator on the show. In 1974, the program won the Alfred duPont-Columbia University Award, in recognition of outstanding journalistic achievement. Other awards include a Silver Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York; Emmy Awards from the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and local awards around the country. Washington Week is currently carried by 90 percent of the 306 PBS stations around the country and reaches 97 percent of U.S. television households. In 1975 the Armed Forces Radio and TV Network was granted permission to carry the program on a regular basis to troops throughout the world. [564 minutes]

  • Episode #4307

    For over 30 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week and is the longest-running public affairs program on PBS. Washington Week features a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events. The program currently maintains a small core group of regular correspondents and a larger group of occasional guests. October 1, 1999 marked the arrival of Washington Week's newest moderator, Gwen Ifill. As chief Congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, Ifill has been a frequent Washington Week panelist since 1992, and has occasionally served as guest moderator on the show. In 1974, the program won the Alfred duPont-Columbia University Award, in recognition of outstanding journalistic achievement. Other awards include a Silver Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York; Emmy Awards from the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and local awards around the country. Washington Week is currently carried by 90 percent of the 306 PBS stations around the country and reaches 97 percent of U.S. television households. In 1975 the Armed Forces Radio and TV Network was granted permission to carry the program on a regular basis to troops throughout the world. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4308

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Terrorists struck civilian targets in both Iraq and Israel this week, rattling hopes for peace and security in the region. While the Bush administration tries to draw additional nations into the peacekeeping efforts in Iraq, officials in Baghdad look for an end to the continuing attacks on military---and now civilian---personnel on the ground. Security is elusive this week in Israel as well. Despite high hopes for successful implementation of the latest peace plan for the region, a suicide bomber killed twenty people on a bus in Jerusalem this week. What will the attack mean for President Bush's involvement in the peace process? Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Bob Drogin of the Los Angeles Times discuss the consequences of these attacks. Attorney General John Ashcroft is enlisted in the fight on terror. He's been traveling the country to bolster support for the anti-terror law called the Patriot Act. The law is already on the books, so what' s behind the attorney general's road tour? Gloria Borger of CNBC and US News & World Report considers the controversies surrounding the law and sizes up Ashcroft's promotional campaign. The California gubernatorial recall campaigns march on, to the tune of several millions of dollars. It turns out the long the list of candidates and the punch card ballots aren't the only things complicating this peculiar election. The Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings joins the roundtable to explain the financial component of the wild political story we've all been watching. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4309

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Despite the difficulties encountered in maintaining security and rebuilding infrastructure, President Bush is staying the course in Iraq and still defending his Iraq policy. But are changes ahead? Can Americans expect an increased international role in the war? And do Americans think the president's chosen strategy is on the right track for Middle East peace? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times analyzes these issues. For months, the Democrats running for their party's presidential nomination have been out on the hustings promoting their own policy prescriptions -- both foreign and domestic --but really, they're just getting started. Labor Day marks the starting line for the candidates who are gearing up for a vigorous race to the November 2004 finish. Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine tells the roundtable how the competitors are looking as the pre-season campaigning winds down and the real competition is about to begin. In accordance with court decisions but despite impassioned protests, a controversial monument to the Ten Commandments was removed from an Alabama courthouse this week. It was an emotional scene that left opponents of the decision committed to winning back the statue in court challenges. Joan Biskupic of USA Today is at the table to break down the political and legal issues surrounding this episode. And Washington Week will look back on a turning point in American history this week and reflect on the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Lynette Clemetson of The New York Times joins the panel this week to explore the legacy of the civil rights movement. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4310

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Congress has reconvened, the race for the White House has kicked into high gear, and the president is back from the ranch. It's official: summer is over. This week on Washington Week we look at what's ahead as Washington gets back to business. After an August filled with violent setbacks in the war on terror, there are signs that the administration is exploring new strategies for peacekeeping in Iraq. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine takes a look. The summer was an eventful one in domestic news as well. The major blackout in the Midwest and on the East Coast reignited Congress's interest in energy policy, but will this new legislative priority reorder the agenda in the House and Senate? How will efforts to reform Medicare, fund the war on terror, and reign in the deficit pan out? Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times assesses the agenda. Lazy days of summer are over for the 2004 White House candidates, too. They've picked up the pace since Labor Day and are testing their mettle in a series of official debates. It may seem like ages since the first candidates announced their intentions, but the race has only just begun in earnest. Rick Berke of The New York Times sizes up the contenders -- their strategies so far and what we can expect in the weeks ahead. A big topic for everyone in politics -- candidates, incumbents and voters -- continues to be the state of the economy. JCNBC's Allan Murray analyzes the latest unemployment numbers and examines the president's latest efforts to address the jobs issue. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4311

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Two years after the tragic events of September 11th, the war on terrorthat the attacks ignited has taken a new turn. On Sunday, President Bush named Iraq the "central front" in the war on terrorism and has asked Congress to appropriate $87 billion to continue the fight in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This week on Washington Week, David Sanger of The New York Times provides analysis of the president's foreign policy in Iraq and the Middle East, while Martha Raddatz of ABC News assesses the latest military progress in the war, and Congressional Quarterly's Gebe Martinez details congressional reaction to the president's strategies and his funding request. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times reminds us that people, not just policies, changed after September 11th. He joins the roundtable this week to describe how Americans' perspectives were crucially altered by the national tragedy. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. White House staffers have been busy this week responding to serious accusations that a White House leak revealed classified information to several reporters. The Washington Post's Dana Priest broke the story Sunday that two White House officials contacted at least six journalists to divulge the name of a CIA operative married to a former ambassador who has criticized the President's reasons for going to war with Iraq. Dana will have a seat at the Washington Week table to explain the latest developments in the allegations, which have spawned a Justice Department investigation. David Sanger, White House Correspondent for The New York Times, will brief the panel on the administration's reaction to the charges. President Bush's staff has been instructed to preserve any documentation related to the issue---a frequent directive in the scandal-plagued Clinton White House but new ground for this administration. What is the tone as the White House faces these new circumstances? With insights from top Washington reporters, we'll find out. The administration is facing some challenges on Capitol Hill as well. The Senate has begun debate on the President's request for $87 billion to fund the war on terrorism and continued presence in Iraq, but quick, easy passage appears unlikely. A number of Senators have balked at granting the full $20 billion the administration has planned for reconstruction in Iraq. Even a few Republicans support loaning the money to Iraq for repayment instead of signing it over for good. Will the administration be forced to shrink the request? Does the loan option seem viable? Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times will size up the chances. Candidates in the California Gubernatorial recall are doing just that: assessing their odds. This final week of campaigning before the vote saw the withdrawal of Arianna Huffington's candidacy, remarkable poll results on the remaining candidates, and some striking allegations of misbehavior by one of the front-runners, Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal just returned from California and will help the panel sort through the news on this eccentric race as Election Day approaches. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4315

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Voters in the Golden State have spoken: they want Arnold. Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine and Dan Balz of The Washington Post will be at the Washington Week roundtable this week analyzing the results of this historic race. What was behind California Governor Gray Davis's ouster? Were the issues at play specific to California or are there national implications to this week's events? Dan and Karen will tell us all about it. Changes are afoot in the war on terror. There are new plans to tighten the White House's control over the stabilization of Iraq, with more authority over the mission coming straight from National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. Is this a blow to Secretary Rumsfeld's role in securing Iraq? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will sort out the questions and answers surrounding this shakeup. Just how are the reconstruction efforts in Iraq progressing? Martha Raddatz of ABC News -- just back from a trip to Iraq and Afganistan -- will debrief the panel on what she saw and heard during her travels through these two major fronts in the war on terror. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4316

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The White House enjoyed a victory this week at the United Nations: a unanimous vote in the Security Council endorsed international cooperation in rebuilding Iraq. The U.S.-sponsored resolution passed, but what will it mean in practical terms? And what concessions did the United States have to make? Barbara Slavin of USA Today will explain. Is another win on the horizon for the White House, this one in the fight over $87 billion to support the war on terror and the reconstruction of Iraq? Both the House and Senate are expected to vote Friday on the funding for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alan Murray of CNBC will take us through the politics of the process. Who has supported the president's funding request? How has the administration responded to resistance from some members of congress? What have Senators and Representatives been saying about the funding package? And where are the Democratic candidates for president coming down on the issue? Alan will be at the Washington Week roundtable to analyze the events. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal has had her eyes on some dollar figures as well: the millions in campaign funds being raised by the 2004 presidential candidates, including President Bush. New fundraising totals were reported this week and Jeanne has been examining the figures. She'll be on the panel this week to tell us what the numbers mean for the candidates and the voters. The Supreme Court is back in session and has begun choosing and hearing the cases it will decide this term. Controversial issues like privacy, religious freedom, and the first amendment will be considered by the court. Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times will explain what's at stake in some of the key cases, including the controversy over whether the pledge of allegiance violated the separation of church and state. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4317

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. On the war in Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld raised some stunning questions in a memo made public this week. In it, he asks top Pentagon officials to consider such fundamental issues as "Are we winning or losing the Global War on Terror?" And Rumsfeld continues to face questions about what some regard as indiscreet remarks made by Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who appeared in uniform before religious audiences and framed the war on terror in religious terms. Martha Raddatz of ABC News will help us sort through the questions and provide some answers. Just hours after returning from the president's sweeping tour of Asia, David Sanger of The New York Times will join the "Washington Week" roundtable this week to size up the White House's diplomatic objectives across the Pacific. While the president was away, the Senate helped the president move closer to completing one of his domestic objectives: the ban of a certain late-term abortion procedure. The president has said he's eager to sign the bill. It's the first federal prohibition on abortions in 30 years. Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times will analyze the history of this legislation, as well as its likely future. And Terence Samuel of U.S. News and World Report will tell us what's new in the 2004 presidential race. A couple candidates for the Democratic nomination will skip the legendary Iowa caucuses. Terence will tell us what that means for the candidates, their campaigns and the other states angling for attention in a tightly packed primary schedule. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4318

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. This week has been a violent one in Iraq. The hotel housing Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz on his visit to the region was hit by rocket fire Sunday. The following day, suicide bombers attacked the Baghdad headquarters of the International Red Cross, as well as three police stations in the Iraqi capital. Undeterred, President Bush vows that "desperate attacks on innocent civilians will not intimidate us." Michael Duffy of Time will size up the latest developments. The candidates looking ahead to the 2004 presidential election know that events in Iraq matter not only to the war on terror, but to political battles as well. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal will join the roundtable to assess the many sides to this story, from the president's confidence in his administration' s strategy to some Democratic candidates' changing outlooks on the situation. Pocket-book issues are always key in voters' calculations and they have some very upbeat numbers to take into account this week. Is the economy still in a "jobless" recovery? Is a true boom ahead? Jeff Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine will have a seat at the Washington Week table this week to analyze the consumer confidence and economic growth figures released in recent days. On Capitol Hill, House and Senate negotiators continue to work toward an agreement on Medicare modernization, including a prescription drug benefit for seniors. The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly has been watching the developments and will bring us the latest on this and other health care issues in news. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Are big changes ahead in the governing of Iraq? Ambassador Paul Bremer the civilian administrator in Baghdad, made a quick trip back to Washington earlier this week for high-level meetings at The White House. At the top of the agenda: hammering out a timeline for turning governance of Iraq back over to the Iraqis. Is an expedited hand-off in the works? Time Magazine's Michael Duffy will have a seat at the Washington Week roundtable to analyze the latest American plans for the region. Plans for a transition may be accelerating in Iraq, but congressional activity has proceeded at a particularly unhurried pace this week. Senate Republicans are staging a round-the-clock marathon of discourse to protest the Democrats' opposition to some of the president's judicial nominees. Cots were rolled into the Capitol and each party stockpiled snacks and caffeine to fortify the legislators as they pulled one of the first all-nighters in the Senate in more than a decade. Even so, both parties admit that the 30-hour " talkathon" is unlikely to yield any firm result. So what is this laborious process all about? Gebe Martinez of Congressional Quarterly has been up on the Hill watching the action unfold. She'll fill us in. The 2004 presidential election is just about a year away, and Democrats competing for their party's nomination are eager to collect a boost here or a lift there as they approach the primary season. Howard Dean was bolstered this week as two influential labor unions threw their support to his candidacy in a formal endorsement rally. What do union endorsements mean for candidates and are there other favorites of the labor community? CNBC's Gloria Borger will help sort out those questions. Howard Dean wasn't the only candidate getting good news this week: President Bush was the subject of a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released this week that included some indications of favorable public opinion of the president. The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood will break down the results of the poll as well as the latest political news. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4321

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. President Bush was in the U.K. tending to a valuable alliance in the war on terror when a deadly attack killed more than two dozen people at British sites in Turkey. President Bush remains committed to the war in Iraq, but what risks confront the nations that ally with the United States in this fight? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will analyze the latest developments. Closer to home, Congress is nearing final action on a plan to provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare recipients. The AARP has thrown its weight behind the latest incarnation of the bill; some key senators insist the proposed coverage is inadequate; and the candidates running for the presidency are staking out their own positions on the issue with careful attention to the impressions of American seniors, a powerful voting bloc. The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly has been following this complex story and will be at the Washington Week roundtable to sort out the issues in play. Congress and the president hope to deliver soon on another long-term promise: a wide-ranging energy bill. The legislation seems to have a little something for everyone, but especially in the Senate, not everyone is pleased. Regional interests seem to be trumping political ones as legislators near a final agreement on such matters as ethanol production, domestic fuel sources and electrical grid dependability. Jeffrey Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine will fill us in on what's in the bill and how it reached its final form. Politicians and pundits were energized over some groundbreaking news coming from the Massachusetts Supreme Court earlier this week: a decision affirming the right of gays to marry. Some say this issue will become a divisive one in American culture and could have broad political implications. Anne Kornblut of The Boston Globe will join the panel to consider the decision. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. In a surprise move that set the political world abuzz, former Vice President Al Gore this week threw his support to Howard Dean, the apparent front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine have been covering the candidates and they'll be at the Washington Week roundtable with the latest reporting on what this endorsement may mean to the campaigns, the party, and the 2004 election. Avid politicos had their eyes on the Supreme Court as well this week. The justices upheld key provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law. Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times's top reporter at the court, will analyze the issues reviewed and describe the ruling's impact on candidates and party activists. The Pentagon, too, released a closely-watched decision recently. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has announced that only members of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq will be eligible for contracts in the process of rebuilding the country. What does this mean for U.S. diplomacy abroad? Is there any impact on U.S. efforts to encourage forgiveness of Iraqi debt? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will sort out the issues this week on Washington Week. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4325

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. The U.S.-led coalition scored its biggest victory in Operation Iraqi Freedom early this week when soldiers plucked a disheveled-looking Saddam Hussein from his "spider hole" hiding place. The arrest was a key development, but how much impact will it have on the coalition's struggle to secure and rebuild Iraq? Can Iraqis expect the insurgent attacks to diminish in the weeks following Saddam's capture? Will the deposed dictator spill any intelligence on weapons of mass destruction? Martha Raddatz of ABC News has been covering this story from her seat at the Pentagon and she'll be at the Washington Week roundtable to analyze all the developments. Now that Saddam is firmly in the grasp of U.S. forces, what does his future hold? There's no shortage of interest in trying Saddam for his actions as president of Iraq; a number of countries and institutions are vying for the opportunity and generating ideas for his punishment. How will the final decision be made? What are the consequences for international relations, not to mention for the ex-dictator himself? The Los Angeles Times's Doyle McManus will tackle these questions. The president hasn't been shy about admitting the challenges still ahead in Iraq, but a number of polls show a boost to his public image in the wake of Saddam's arrest. David Sanger, White House correspondent for The New York Times, will join Washington Week this time to consider what the big news of the week means to the administration and its wider plans for the war on terror. The capture of Saddam Hussein has captured the attention of the nine campaigns for the Democratic nomination for the presidential race, as well. After spending several months in a competition defined, to a large extent, by support or opposition to the war in Iraq, the candidates now find themselves refining their positions and renewing their attention to the issue. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal will tell us what the candidates are saying and how the voters are responding. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4326

    Please note that these topics reflect the composition of "Washington Week" as of Wednesday afternoon. Story topics and the reporters covering them are subject to change until time of air. This week on Washington Week moderator Gwen Ifill and her panel of top reporters review the year' s key news events, with: -- Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine on the war and international relations; --Alan Murray of CNBC on the economy; --Richard Berke of The New York Times on the run-up to next year's presidential primaries; and -- Alexis Simendinger of National Journal on the major developments in domestic policy this year. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4327

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill David Broder of the Washington Post and Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal on election 2004, the key states and key issues. They will lay out the important primaries and the parties' strategies for victory. Joan Biskupic of USA Today on the cases in front of the Supreme Court next year, the pledge of allegiance, the Pennsylvania redistricting and the legal rights of "enemy combatants." Todd Purdum of the New York Times on the war in Afghanistan, the reconstruction in Iraq, the roadmap and our relationships with Europe this year. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4328

    This week on Washington Week, Gwen Ifill and panelists consider the latest developments in politics and policy-making. Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine and Gloria Borger of US News and World Report look ahead to the Iowa caucuses and explore the role of religion in presidential politics. Wayne Washington of The Boston Globe will describe the White House's new immigration proposal and will examine both the legal and political aspects of the plan. Pete Williams of NBC News offers analysis of the latest homeland security program: a system of fingerprinting and photographing some categories of visitors to the United States. [26 minutes]

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  • Episode #4331

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. This week on Washington Week, politics remains front and center. The Democratic candidates competing for the chance to take on President Bush in November have moved on from the spotlight of New Hampshire but haven't left the intensity of campaigning. The seven candidates have hit the pavement in key primary states like South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post is on the road with the victor inthe previous two contests, John Kerry. Live from Kansas City, Missouri, Ceci will have an up-to-the minute report on the front-runner's efforts to win the nomination. Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine, just back from New Hampshire, will join the panel this week to analyze the latest developments... particularly the turmoil in the Howard Dean camp. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times has been checking in with the Republican strategists who are gearing up for the general election in November. Doyle will be at the table to fill us in on the GOP's early perceptions of the race ahead and how the Bush campaign and the RNC are beginning to take shots at Kerry. International events are playing a role in the campaign season so far, and recent statements by former weapons inspector David Kay have reignited the debate over the intelligence that led the government to attack Iraq. Will the controversy have an impact on the 2004 election? The New York Times's David Sanger has that story this week on Washington Week. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4332

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. A political overview of the Democratic presidential candidates with David Broder of The Washington Post and Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal, who will focus on who has enough money to continue the race to the White House. Michale Duffy of Time magazine on the administration's defense for going to war and the formal inquiry into the search for WMD. Pete Williams of NBC News on the latest Massachusetts Supreme Court decision on gay marriages and its political impact. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4333

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. It's been an eventful political week and we'll size up all the latest developments this week on Washington Week. Senator John Kerry took home two more primary wins in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, victories which were his first in the South. Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine will analyze the election returns and assess the messages voters are sending as they make their preferences known. Election season often means controversy and -- even this early in the process -- it's clear that 2004 is no exception. Whether it's the debate on the definition of marriage, concerns about jobs being sent overseas, or heat over the president's Vietnam War-era service in the Air National Guard, there is no shortage of issues making headlines this week. Washington Week will have the reporters covering those stories: Pete Williams of NBC News; Alan Murray of CNBC; and Elisabeth Bumiller, White House reporter for The New York Times. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4334

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal on the John Kerry and John Edwards campaigns, now that the two are the final candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination. Gloria Borger of CNBC and US News & World Report on Howard Dean's impact on the Democratic party in the wake of his departure from the presidential race. Wayne Washington of The Boston Globe on President Bush's reelection campaign strategies. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times on the transition of governmentin Iraq. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4335

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Washington Week sizes up the strengths and weaknesses of the presidential candidates, looks into the politics of gay marriage and social security, and updates viewers on this week's standoff in Haiti. Panelists include Rick Berke of the New York Times, Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Jacob Schlesinger of the Wall Street Journal. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4336

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill John Kerry's campaign for the White House: John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal; President Bush's re-election campaign: Dan Balz of The Washington Post; The latest bloodshed in Iraq: Barbara Slavin of USA Today; Justice Blackmun's recently released papers: Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4337

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The parallel campaign of independent political groups (Jeanne Cummingsof the Wall Street Journal) -- The heated rhetoric of the presidential campaign -- and it's only March (Susan Feeney of National Public Radio) -- Jobs and trade as a political issue (Jeff Birnbaum of the Washington Post). [25 minutes]

  • Episode #4338

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill Now that the conflict has been waging for one full year, Doyle McManusof the Los Angeles Times and Martha Raddatz of ABC News consider the diplomatic impact and military progress of the war in Iraq. Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine analyzes national security and the Iraq war as matters of political debate in this presidential election year. Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post examines the latest in the continuing controversy surrounding the newly created Medicare prescription drugs benefit. [24 minutes]

  • Episode #4339

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The 9/11 Commission's hearings: Pierre Thomas of ABC News. The White House defense against criticism from former anti-terrorism official Richard Clarke: Alexis Simendinger of National Journal. Solvency of Medicare and Social Security: John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal. The pledge of allegiance case at the Supreme Court: Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4340

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine on Condoleezza Rice's planned 9/11 Commission testimony. Martha Raddatz of ABC News on the latest bloody developments in Iraq. Alan Murray of CNBC on the politics of rising gas prices. Todd Purdum of The New York Times on Ralph Nader. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4341

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Barbara Slavin of USA Today describes the latest developments in Iraq. Dan Balz of The Washington Post analyzes the war's impact on public confidence in President Bush. David Sanger of The New York Times and Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine examine national security advisor Condoleezza Rice's public testimony before the 9/11 Commission. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4342

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill Martha Raddatz of ABC News reports on the latest in Iraq. Dana Priest of The Washington Post analyzes the testimony of the intelligence officials who appeared before the 9-11 Commission this week. Wayne Washington of the Boston Globe takes a look at the president's use of a press conference to shape the White House message. Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine considers the Kerry campaign and the riskiness of addressing national security issues in a political context. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4343

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill. David Sanger of The New York Times and John Harwood of The Wall StreetJournal on the Iraq war and Bob Woodward's book profiling the run-up to the war. Michel Martin of ABC News on the enemy combatants case before the Supreme Court. And finally, an appreciation of the life and work of the late Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4344

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The latest on the war in Iraq, including the nominal cease-fire and continued violence in Fallujah. Martha Raddatz of ABC News has that story. The sharp words exchanged between the competing presidential campaignsthis week. John Harris of The Washington Post provides analysis. The oral arguments before the Supreme Court in two cases that take theissue of detainees' rights and executive powers in wartime. Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times shares her insights. The developments surrounding President Bush's and Vice President Cheney's closed testimony before the 9/11 Commission. Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine has the story. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4345

    Guest moderator: Michel Martin He apparent mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq continues to produce strong reactions throughout the government. From the president's interviews on Arab-language news outlets, to some congressional calls for Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation, the repercussions don't seem to be fading. Martha Raddatz, Pentagon Correspondent for ABC News and the Los Angeles Times' Doyle McManus assess the scope of the misdeeds and measure the widespread consequences as the story continues to unfold. Amid the ongoing headline-grabbing prison controversy, President Bush launched a bus trip in the Midwest and Democratic candidate John Kerry unveiled 25 million dollars in political ads in hopes of introducing himself to Americans and countering the Bush ad blitz of earlier this spring. Wayne Washington, White House reporter for The Boston Globe, and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal take a look at the candidates' efforts to reach voters with resonant political messages. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4346

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The latest on the prisoner abuse in Iraq -- Dana Priest of The Washington Post. Congressional impact on the investigation into prisoner abuse -- Gebe Martinez of The Houston Chronicle. Analysis of the White House response to recent events in Iraq -- DavidSanger of The New York Times. A discussion of the FEC's views on independent political groups and fundraising -- Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4347

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill TIME Magazine's Michael Duffy on who's responsible for the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times with an analysis of challenges ahead for the planned transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis. CNBC's Gloria Borger on the political impact of gay marriage. Jeff Birnbaum of The Washington Post with an update on gas prices and the economy. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4348

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill Dan Balz of The Washington Post analyzes John Kerry's new foreign policy focus on the campaign trail. Barbara Slavin of USA Today considers the latest progress toward the turnover of sovereignty in Iraq, including United Nations developments and the plans the president outlined in his primetime speech earlier this week. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street journal takes a look at the Bush-Cheney campaign's innovative ways of luring younger donors to the campaign's fund-raising ranks. Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times describes the intersection betweenpresidential and congressional politics, with a look at the impact of the president's poll ratings on the re-election prospects of senators and representatives in his party. [26 minutes]

  • Episode #4349

    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The resignation of George Tenet as CIA director comes at a time when terror alerts are heightened and the war in Iraq is taking a new turn. Washington Post correspondent Dana Priest will dissect the timing, the impact and meaning of Tenet's departure, and what it might mean for the ongoing war on terror. With the interim Iraqi government chosen, the Bush administration is looking ahead to the U.S. role in the new Iraq. At the same time, new revelations about the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmed Chalabi, and whether he might have shared American intelligence information with Iran. Los Angeles Times Washington bureau chief Doyle McManus will have the details on both evolving stories. With great fanfare, the Justice Department announced that the detainedenemy combatant Jose Padilla has admitted that he was an agent of Al-Qaeda. This comes just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether individuals like Padilla can be held indefinitely without charges. The inside story of why federal authorities picked now to disclose this information and what impact it might have on the pending Supreme Court case, from Pete Williams, justice correspondent for NBC News. On the political front, with the pickup of a congressional seat in theSouth Dakota special election, Democrats are feeling emboldened. In fact, a gathering of liberals in Washington this week has caught the eye of Wall Street Journal political editor John Harwood, who will focus on the realities of the Democratic euphoria and what it might mean as the political season continues to heat up. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill President Reagan's enduring impact on foreign and domestic policy -Tom Gjelten of National Public Radio and Dan Balz of The Washington Post. The United Nations' approval of plans for a sovereign Iraqi government- David Sanger of The New York Times. The struggle between Congress and Department of Justice over memos which may indicate approval of coercive interrogation techniques -Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine. [26 minutes]

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    This week on "Washington Week," moderated by Gwen Ifill: Martha Raddatzh of ABC News has the latest on violence in Iraq as the hand-over date nears. Chitra Ragavan of US News and World Report analyzes the new revelations from the final public hearings of the 9/11 Commission. Jeffrey Birnbaum of The Washington Post describes the economic news of the week and its intersection with the presidential candidates' economic messages. Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine considers the impact religion has made on the political debate this election season. [26 minutes]

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    This week on "Washington Week," with moderator Gwen Ifill: Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Joan Biskupic of USA Today examine the contents of newly-released memos that document the administration's formulation of a policy on the interrogation of terror suspects. McManus previews the hand over of Iraq's sovereignty. Biskupic analyzes the Supreme Court's decision on the secrecy of Vice President Cheney's energy task force. Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine considers the text and context of former President Clinton's popular new memoir. [26 minutes]

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    The handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi people -- Martha Raddatz. ABC News, and Wayne Washington, The Boston Globe. This week's Supreme Court decisions -- Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times. Interest rates and the econony -- Alan Murray, CNBC. Moderator Gwen Ifill [26 minutes]

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    The selection of John Edwards for the Democratic presidential ticket -David Broder of The Washington Post and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal. The impact of the Senate committee report on pre-Iraq war intelligence - Alexis Simendinger of National Journal. The latest in the war in Iraq, including worries that the armed services may be stretched too thin - Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. Moderator Gloria Borger [26 minutes]

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    The gay marriage debate was front and center this week, as the Senate debated a constitutional amendment. Some Democrats argue that the legislation was pushed for largely political reasons in this high-stakes election year. Gebe Martinez of The Houston Chronicle has been following the debate and will break down the arguments on both sides of the issue, analyze the outcome of the vote, and consider the wider political implications of the story. Some call gay marriage a "wedge issue"; others regard it as a vital moral issue. Either way, it is just one aspect of a wide-ranging debate on values that the two presidential campaigns have been waging this week. The Kerry-Edwards campaign has sought to seize some ground on social issues while the Bush-Cheney camp has repeatedly branded the opponents as "out of the mainstream." What's behind the rhetoric and how are potential voters responding? Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine has the story. And in the business world, there have been big developments in the ongoing story of corporate responsibility. Ken Lay was indicted last week and Martha Stewart soon will be sentenced. Jeff Birnbaum of The Washington Post will take a look at the political impact of big-name corporate scandals. [26 minutes]

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    This week, "Washington Week" goes to Boston, site of the Democratic National Convention. Dan Balz, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, Susan Feeney, senior editor of Morning Edition on National Public Radio, and Richard Berke, The New York Times's Washington editor, will join moderator Gwen Ifill around the table to discuss what's on the agenda and what's at stake, as the Democrats gather to nominate John Kerry and John Edwards. Members of the audience at Washington Week's Harvard University location will join in the discussion by posing thoughtful questions to our slate of veteran journalists. Q&A will continue after the televised broadcast ends; catch the additional 30 minutes of dialogue at pbs.org/washingtonweek. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The Democratic convention and the Kerry campaign: Michael Duffy of Time Magazine, David Broder of The Washington Post and Nina Easton of The Boston Globe The recommendations of the 9/11 Commission: Pete Williams of NBC News [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The latest terror warning in New York, New Jersey and DC -- Pierre Thomas, ABC News Proposals for improving intelligence collection -- Dana Priest, The Washington Post The latest political news, including the politics of national security-- Karen Tumulty, TIME Magazine [25 minutes]

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    Washington Week is in New York City this week to cover the issues important to this year's presidential election. Washington Week moderator and managing editor Gwen Ifill will lead a discussion with some of the nation's top political journalists in a special program that previews the Republican National Convention. Reporters John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal, Alexis Simendinger of National Journal, and Karen Tumulty of TIME magazine will analyze the week's news and look ahead to the ideas and events that will make headlines at the Republican convention and throughout the campaign. In addition to the reporters' roundtable, the New York road show will feature audience members questioning the panelists on the essential issues of this election season. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill An overview of the Republican National Convention: Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine. An analysis of the president's acceptance speech: David Sanger of The New York Times. A look at the use of "star power" at the convention: Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. A discussion of the president's personality as a campaign issue: Gloria Borger. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The latest developments in Iraq: Martha Raddatz of ABC News. The presidential candidates this week on the Iraq war: Dan Balz of TheWashington Post. The 2004 presidential race and the question of terrorism: John Harwoodof The Wall Street Journal. The expiring assault-weapons ban: Gebe Martinez of The Houston Chronicle. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill The latest in the race for the White House: Karen Tumulty of TIME magazine. The outlook in Iraq: Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times. The politics of health care: Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post. Russian President Putin's plans to restructure the political system: Barbara Slavin of USA Today. [26 minutes]

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    Moderator: Gwen Ifill This week on Washington Week: David Sanger of the The New York Times analyzes the presidential candidates' differing stances on Iraq. Michael Duffy of TIME magazine describes developments in the plan to restructure intelligence collection. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal assesses the candidates' campaign funds and how they plan to spend them. Jeff Birnbaum of The Washington Post considers the economic issues that matter to voters this election season. [26 minutes]

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    This week on Washington Week: an analysis of first 2004 presidential debate, with David Broder of The Washington Post, Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine, Gloria Borger of CNBC and Richard Berke of The New York Times. Moderator: Gwen Ifill [26 minutes]

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    This week on Washington Week with moderator Gwen Ifill: Martha Raddatz of ABC News on the delay in crafting a constitution in Iraq. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal on the president's support forhis Iraq policy. Joan Biskupic of USA Today on what to expect from the Roberts confirmation hearings. David Broder of The Washington Post on state-federal tensions over theNo Child Left Behind Act. [26 minutes]

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    Michael Duffy of TIME magazine with an overview of the crisis in New Orleans and the rest of the hurricane zone. Alexis Simendinger of National Journal with analysis of the White House response to the catastrophe. Jeffrey Birnbaum of The Washington Post with the economic impact of the hurricane. Gloria Borger of CBS News with analysis of the political impact of thedisaster. [26 minutes]

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    This week on Washington Week with moderator Gwen Ifill: Ceci Connolly of The Washington Post on resettlement efforts and the public health crisis in the hurricane zone. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times on criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Karen Tumulty of TIME magazine on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and her administration's response to the storm. Pete Williams of NBC with a look ahead to next week's confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts. [26 minutes]

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    This week on Washington Week with moderator Gwen Ifill: Gloria Borger of CBS News on the political debates over hurricane spending. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times on the president's response to Hurricane Rita. Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal on Supreme Court politics. Barbara Slavin of USA Today on a non-proliferation deal with North Korea. [26 minutes]

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