Washington Week - Season 2011

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Episode Guide

  • December 30, 2011
    December 30, 2011
    Episode 12.30.11
    Four days before the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead, but Rick Santorum may surprise come voting day. Plus, how will Congressional retirements affect Democrats' efforts to retain control of the Senate in 2012? Joining Gwen from Iowa: Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times. Around the table: Christina Bellatoni, CQ Roll Call; Susan Davis, USA Today.moreless
  • December 23, 2011
    December 23, 2011
    Episode 12.23.11
    This week, we look back at 2011 and forward to 2012. We'll analyze battles between Congress and the President, the economy, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the pullout of US troops in Iraq while fighting continues in Afghanistan, and more. Joining Gwen: Helene Cooper, New York Times; Michael Duffy, Time Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.moreless
  • December 16, 2011
    Episode 12.16.11
    Congress fights the clock to avert a government shutdown. Also, now that the last GOP presidential debate before the Iowa caucus is over, who is the frontrunner? Plus, the war in Iraq officially ends as the U.S. hands over military control to Iraqis. Joining Gwen: Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Laura Meckler, The Wall Street Journalmoreless
  • December 9, 2011
    December 9, 2011
    Episode 12.09.11
    Newt Gingrich soars past Mitt Romney in the polls in three out of four early primary states. Rick Perry makes a push, but is it now a two-man race? Plus President Barack Obama makes a push for the payroll tax cut extensions. Joining Gwen: Major Garrett, National Journal; Charles Babington, Associated Press; John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics.com.moreless
  • December 2, 2011
    December 2, 2011
    Episode 12.02.11
    The unemployment rate fell last month to the lowest since March 2009. Is this a sign of the economy stabilizing? Also, Herman Cain faced allegations of an extramarital affair, Rick Perry had another "oops" moment, and Newt Gingrich surged in the polls. Joining Gwen: Jim Tankersley, National Journal; Greg Ip, The Economist; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Timesmoreless
  • November 25, 2011
    November 25, 2011
    Episode 11.25.11
    The supercommittee failed to reach a budget deal this week, affecting national politics and the economy. Also, the GOP presidential candidates debated foreign policy, with Newt Gingrich facing new scrutiny on his immigration stance. John Dickerson guest-hosts with: Susan Davis, National Journal; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN.moreless
  • November 18, 2011
    November 18, 2011
    Episode 11.18.11
    As the GOP candidates debated foreign policy, President Obama met with Asia-Pacific leaders. Newt Gingrich's bumpy climb in the polls. And, what happens if the Super Committee fails to deliver? Plus, SCOTUS to decide constitutionality of health reform. Joining Gwen: Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY.moreless
  • November 11, 2011
    November 11, 2011
    Episode 11.11.11
    GOP presidential candidates debate the economic recovery. Rick Perry's memory lapse. Herman Cain's harassment scandal. A Newt Gingrich surge? What's motivating U.S. voters? The potential impact of the Euro debt crisis on America. US. Pete Williams hosts with: John Harwood, CNBC/New York Times; Michael Duffy, TIME; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Greg Ip, The Economist.moreless
  • November 4, 2011
    November 4, 2011
    Episode 11.04.11
    Alleged harassment scandals continue to dog Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain, as the other GOP candidates consider how to handle the controversy. Plus a discussion on the global economy, Greece, the G20 meetings, and new U.S. job numbers. Joining Gwen: John Harris, Politico; Chuck Babington, Associated Press; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Jim Tankersley, National Journal.moreless
  • October 28, 2011
    October 28, 2011
    Episode 10.28.11
    A long shot a short time ago, Herman Cain is shaking up the GOP race. But rising polls numbers brings greater scrutiny. And what happened to Rick Perry's surge? Also, the President tries to bypass Congress. Plus the clock is ticking on the Deficit Reduction Committee. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; John Harwood, CNBC/NY Times; Jackie Calmes, NY Times; Janet Hook, Wall St. Journal.moreless
  • October 21, 2011
    October 21, 2011
    Episode 10.21.11
    Analysis of possible paths forward in Libya now that Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Will the U.S. play a role in nation building? President Obama announces all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by year's end. And why the GOP debates have become pivotal in the 2012 presidential race. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Doyle McManus, LA Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN.moreless
  • October 14, 2011
    Episode 10.14.11
    As the GOP candidates debate economics, President Obama promotes his jobs plan. But with its defeat in the Senate, what's next? Also, the strange story of an assassination plot against a Saudi Ambassador involving Iran and a Mexican drug cartel. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Michael Duffy, TIME; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; James Kitfield, National Journal.moreless
  • October 7, 2011
    October 7, 2011
    Episode 10.07.011
    Now that Christie and Palin are officially out of the GOP Presidential race, which other candidates will benefit most? Plus, what fundraising totals reveal about the race. Also, President Obama fights for the Jobs Act. And a preview of SCOTUS's new term. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, Washington Post; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; Joan Biskupic, USA Today.moreless
  • September 30, 2011
    September 30, 2011
    Episode 09.30.11
    Airstrikes killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen. At home, dissatisfied GOP voters want Gov. Chris Christie to join the presidential race. Also, President Obama feuds with his base. Plus, a stopgap bill temporarily prevents a government shutdown. Joining Gwen: John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Sam Youngman, The Hill; Major Garrett, National Journal; Pierre Thomas, ABC News.moreless
  • September 23, 2011
    September 23, 2011
    Episode 09.23.11
    President Obama unveils his deficit reduction plan, with new taxes and spending cuts. Plus, Congress argues over disaster relief and a possible government shutdown. Also, Palestinians appeal for full membership at the UN. And the GOP presidential candidates debate.
  • September 16, 2011
    September 16, 2011
    Episode 09.16.11
    President Obama took his jobs plan straight to voters this week amidst a bounty of bad news including a jump in unemployment benefit applications, and a spike in the number of people living in poverty. And analysis of the Tea Party debate. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Dickerson of Slate/CBS News, Beth Reinhard of National Journal, Charles Babington of AP, Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post.moreless
  • September 9, 2011
    September 9, 2011
    Episode 09.09.11
    President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on his new jobs plan. Will his speech be enough to rally support? Also, analysis on this week's GOP presidential candidates' debate. Plus, our reporters reflect on 9/11 and how it has shaped their lives and America in the past 10 years. Joining Gwen Ifill: Jackie Calmes, The New York Times and John Harris, Politico.moreless
  • Vault: September 14, 2001
    Episode 09.14.11
    As part of PBS's full evening special, America Responds, Gwen Ifill hosts a special Washington Week program just four days after attacks of 9/11 with reporting and analysis of that historic week from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Richard Berke (NY Times), Ceci Connolly (Washington Post), Martha Raddatz (ABC News), Barbara Bradley (NPR) and Alan Murry (Wall Street Journal).moreless
  • Vault: September 13, 2001
    Vault: September 13, 2001
    Episode 09.13.11
    As part of PBS's continuing coverage of the aftermath of 9/11, Gwen Ifill hosted a Washington Week Specail Edition featuring reporting and analysis from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Tom Gjelten (NPR), Richard Berke (NY Times), Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post), Gloria Borger (US News/CBS News) as President Bush, his cabinet and Congress decide how respond to the attacks.moreless
  • September 2, 2011
    September 2, 2011
    Episode 09.02.11
    As unemployment numbers stay at 9.1%, a very public spat between President Obama and House Speaker Boehner on the timing of an address to Congress. Plus, analysis on the politics & finances of rebuilding after Hurricane Irene. And an update on GOP fundraising. Joining Gwen: Naftali Bendavid, Wall St Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Eamon Javers, CNBC.moreless
  • August 26, 2011
    August 26, 2011
    Episode 08.26.11
    Libyan rebels seized Tripoli, invaded Col. Moammar Gadhafi's compound and he's on the run. What will it take to establish a new government? Also, Rick Perry vaults to the lead for the GOP presidential nomination, and Ben Bernanke assesses the economy. Joining Gwen Ifill: Nancy Youssef, McClathy Newspapers; Doyle McManus, LA Times; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; & Jim Tankersley, National Journal.moreless
  • August 19, 2011
    Episode 08.19.11
    Perry is in the race, Pawlenty is out and Bachmann won the straw poll. The GOP candidates continue to blame Obama for the sluggish economic recovery. Also, President Obama plans to announce a jobs program. John Dickerson guest hosts with: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics.com, David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.moreless
  • August 12, 2011
    August 12, 2011
    Episode 08.12.11
    Gwen Ifill reports from Iowa on the 2nd Republican primary debate and the Ames Straw Poll. Joined by Dan Balz, The Washington Post, they look at the testy exchanges on the debate stage. Plus, in the Washington Week studio, Judy Woodruff examines the White House's response to recent troublesome economic news with John Harwood of CNBC/The New York Times and Jackie Calmes, The New York Times.moreless
  • August 5, 2011
    August 5, 2011
    Episode 08.05.11
    The economy is the worst it's been in years. Why and how did we get to this point? Also, with all the infighting in Washington these past 3-months, how did the debt deal come together and how will it effect the 2012 elections? Also, voter confidence and its impact on the polls. With Michael Duffy, Time; Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal; and Charles Babington, Associated Press.moreless
  • July 29, 2011
    July 29, 2011
    Episode 07.29.11
    Lawmakers prepare to work through the weekend to reach a debt deal and avoid a U.S. default. What will it take to break the stalemate and how would a default impact Americans? Plus, how Obama, Boehner, and Reid have played it so far. Joining Gwen Ifill: Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal; and Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.moreless
  • July 22, 2011
    July 22, 2011
    Episode 07.22.11
    House Speaker Boehner has walked away from debt ceiling talks at the White House. President Obama has called for new talks with congressional leaders on Saturday. Can a deal be made before the Aug 2 deadline?
  • July 15, 2011
    July 15, 2011
    Episode 07.15.11
    President Obama predicts economic "Armageddon" if the debt ceiling isn't raised by the Aug 2 deadline. Democrats want tax hikes. Republicans want spending cuts. Gwen Ifill drills down on the facts & fiction surrounding the budget crisis with Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Gloria Borger, CNN; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal.moreless
  • July 8, 2011
    July 8, 2011
    Episode 07.08.11
    Discouraging June unemployment numbers help to frame the contentious debt ceiling negotiations. A look at GOP presidential hopefuls and their fundraising, and the White House changes course on acknowledging suicides in the military.
  • July 1, 2011
    July 1, 2011
    Episode 07.01.11
    What will the global economic implications be if Congress does not raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit? Also, Bachmann launched her presidential campaign. Plus, SCOTUS' ruling on the sale of violent video games to children. Joining Pete Williams: David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal; Major Garrett of National Journal; Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times; and Joan Biskupic of USA Todaymoreless
  • June 24, 2011
    June 24, 2011
    Episode 06.24.11
    President Obama's announcement to begin drawing down U.S. troops from Afghanistan and what it means; the impact on class action suits because of the Supreme Court's Wal-Mart decision; and the latest on the growing GOP presidential field. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; and Pete Williams, NBC News.moreless
  • June 17, 2011
    Episode 06.17.11
    Analysis of the 2nd GOP Presidential debate, and a new fact check feature 'Just the Facts.' Plus, details of VP Biden's negotiations on raising the debt ceiling. Also, the Pentagon and Defense Dept post-Robert Gates & controversy over the US involvement in Libya. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, Time; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; Dan Balz, Washington Post; and Jim Barnes, National Journal.moreless
  • June 10, 2011
    June 10, 2011
    Episode 06.10.11
    As his top staff resigns, Newt Gingrich's presidential ambitions seem to falter while Democrats distance themselves from Rep. Anthony Weiner after he confessed to sexually explicit online activity. Also, a report on the future of Afghanistan as U.S. troops get set to withdraw. Joining Gwen: James Kitfield, National Journal; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post.moreless
  • June 3, 2011
    June 3, 2011
    Episode 06.03.11
    Today, with news of unemployment rising to 9.1%, Barack Obama visited Toledo, Ohio to refocus on the economy. The panel examines several disappointing economic numbers, the debate around the debt ceiling, the GOP demand for spending cuts, and the growing 2012 presidential field.
  • May 27, 2011
    May 27, 2011
    Episode 05.27.11
    With Sarah Palin's new nationwide tour, the panel looks at the changing complexion of the GOP field and reaction to this week's NY special election. Also, President Obama works with European allies on the Mid-East and Libya. And the Supreme Court decides two important cases. With Helene Cooper, New York Times, Major Garrett, National Journal, Dan Balz, Washington Post, Joan Biskupic, USA Today.moreless
  • May 20, 2011
    Episode 05.20.11
    After infighting between New Gingrich and fellow republicans, the panel examines the current field of GOP candidates. Also, the table reports on campaign fundraising efforts, the scandal rocking the IMF, and the President's clash with Israel's PM on the path to peace in the Mideast. Joining Gwen: Jeanne Cummings/POLITICO, Michael Duffy/TIME, Doyle McManus/Los Angeles Times, Eamon Javers/CNBC.moreless
  • May 6, 2011
    May 6, 2011
    Episode 05.06.11
    On this episode of Washington Week With Gwen Ifill current political and news topics are discussed such as the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S forces. A panel looks into the intelligence reports that finally led the US to Bin Laden and how this may impact political and national security as well as the strained US-Pakistan relationship. On this episode's panel are guest host Gloria Borger as well as James Kitfield from the National Journal, Tom Gjelten from NPR, Peter Baker from the New York Times and Charles Babington from AP.moreless
  • April 29, 2011
    April 29, 2011
    Episode 04.29.11
    Washington D.C. was busy this week with a national security team shuffle, newly published Wiki-leaks documents on Guantanamo Bay, the release of the President's long form birth certificate, and Ben Bernanke's first press conference. Joining Gwen: Mark Mazzetti, New York Times; Tom Gjelten, NPR; John Harwood, CNBC/New York Times; and Karen Tumulty, Washington Post.moreless
  • April 22, 2011
    April 22, 2011
    Episode 04.22.11
    With gas prices on the rise, an S&P report lowering America's credit outlook, continuing debate over the deficit and a stalemate in Libya, President Obama's approval numbers have declined just at the moment he launched his reelection campaign. Joining Gwen tonight: David Wessel/Wall Street Journal; Coral Davenport/National Journal; Dan Balz/Washington Post and Martha Raddatz/ABC News.moreless
  • April 15, 2011
    April 15, 2011
    Episode 04.15.11
    President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan have both unveiled their plans to cut four trillion dollars from the national debt. Each plan is very different and are causing political arguments. The GOP and the Democrats continue this deficit fight. Discussing these issues this week are Susan Davis from The National Journal; Jeff Zeleny from The New York Times; Janet Hook from The Wall Street Journal; and John Harwood from CNBC/NY Times.moreless
  • April 8, 2011
    April 8, 2011
    Episode 04.08.11
    With a $39 billion spending cut agreed upon, the possibility of a government shutdown is finally over. The panel discusses why leaders of neither side wanted a shutdown in the first place, and how their constituents may feel. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Dickerson, Slate Magazine/CBS News; Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; and Jeanne Cummings, Politico.moreless
  • April 1, 2011
    April 1, 2011
    Episode 04.01.11
    Encouraging new unemployment figures arrive as Congress debates the budget and tries to avoid a government shutdown. Also, the U.S. hands over some military control in Libya to NATO. Plus, the panel looks at the 2012 GOP hopefuls. Joining Gwen Ifill: Yochi Dreazen, National Journal; Greg Ip, The Economist; Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal; and Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.moreless
  • March 25, 2011
    March 25, 2011
    Episode 03.25.11
    On this episode of Washington Week With Gwen Ifill Gwen is joined by Helene Cooper from the New York Times, Doyle McManus from the Los Angeles Times, John Dickerson from Slate Magazine and CBS News and Gloria Borger from CNN. They discuss the recent bombings in Libya by the U.S Military and how NATO has agreed to take control of the no fly zone.moreless
  • March 18, 2011
    March 18, 2011
    Episode 03.18.11
    Moammar Gadhafi is warned by the U.N and President Obama to stop his military action against the rebels or else 'face consequences.' Elsewhere, in response to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown fears in Japan, the United States is reviewing their own nuclear safety. The U.S is also looking into the future, towards the global economic impact of the disaster. This episode features Gwen, NPR, Tom Gjelten, The National Journal, Coral Davenport, The Wall Street Journal and David Wessel.moreless
  • Friday, March 11, 2011
    Friday, March 11, 2011
    Episode 03.11.11
    The panel looks at the developments in Libya, rising gas prices, the battles over the federal budget and the US assistance after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Plus, we look at the life of our colleague and longtime Washington Week panelist, David Broder. Gwen is joined by Dan Balz, The Washington Post, Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times and Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post.moreless
  • March 4, 2011
    March 4, 2011
    Episode 03.04.11
    As Democrats and Republicans debate spending cuts for the 2011 and 2012 budgets, the Obama administration also focuses on the continuing unrest in Libya. Also, the Supreme Court makes a controversial first amendment ruling, siding with a provacative Kansas church. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Harwood, CNBC & The NY Times; James Kitfield, National Journal; and Joan Biskupic, USA Today.moreless
  • February 25, 2011
    February 25, 2011
    Episode 02.25.11
    With continuing violence in Libya, Martha Raddatz (ABC News) reports on President Obama's response toward an unstable Moammar Gadhafi. Also, Major Garrett (National Journal) & Karen Tumulty (Washington Post) analyze polarization in Washington and state capitols during dramatic budget showdowns. And, Pete Williams (NBC News) on the administration's new stance toward the Defense of Marriage Act.moreless
  • February 18, 2011
    February 18, 2011
    Episode 02.18.11
    Spreading unrest in Bahrain causes a military crackdown while tensions in Yemen and Iran flair up. The Obama administration urges democratic reform while trying to protect strategic relationships. At home, Republicans and Democrats fight over federal budget priorities. Gwen is joined by Doyle McManus, LA Times; Jim Sciutto, ABC News; Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO; and John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News.moreless
  • February 11, 2011
    February 11, 2011
    Episode 02.11.11
    After three weeks of mostly peaceful protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned. What is next for Egypt? Reporting on this historic day, Tom Gjelten, NPR, and Yochi Dreazen, National Journal. In the US, President Obama courts big business and the GOP leadership, plus the first Republican cattle call of 2012 with John Harwood, CNBC/New York Times and Dan Balz, Washington Post.moreless
  • February 4, 2011
    February 4, 2011
    Episode 02.04.11
    Protests in Egypt continue into their 2nd week, with escalating violence and dissent spreading in the Middle East. After urging from the U.S., Egyptian President Mubarak said he will not run for re-election, but pressure remains for him to resign immediately. This week: David Sanger, NY Times; Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; and James Kitfield, National Journal.moreless
  • January 28, 2011
    January 28, 2011
    Episode 01.28.11
    With violent protests erupting across Egypt, Nancy Youssef of McClatchy Newspapers, reports on the struggle on the streets of Cairo. Also, we get analysis of the State of the Union address with John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times and Susan Davis of National Journal.moreless
  • January 21, 2011
    January 21, 2011
    Episode 01.21.11
    As President Obama welcomes Chinese president Hu Jintao to Washington, the House GOP votes to repeal his health care bill. Now, the focus on the State of the Union address and President Obama's economic goals for 2011. Plus, the new wave of retiring senators. Around the table: Peter Baker, Doyle McManus, Karen Tumulty and David Wessel.moreless
  • January 14, 2011
    January 14, 2011
    Episode 01.14.11
    After the tragedy in Tucson, the panel looks back at the impact of the events in Arizona and Barack Obama as Healer in Chief. Also, the latest on the investigation of Jared Loughner and a profile of Gabrielle Giffords. Gwen is joined by Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Charles Babington of the Associated Press.moreless
  • January 7, 2011
    January 7, 2011
    Episode 01.7.11
    2011 starts with a bang of the gavel. John Boehner and the GOP take control of the House but are already arguing with Democrats over the deficit and health care. A reorganization at the White House too, with new players coming and going. Joining Gwen this week, John Dickerson (Slate/CBS), Major Garrett (National Journal), Julianna Goldman (Bloomberg) and Jeff Zeleny (NY Times).moreless
  • May 13, 2011
    May 13, 2011
    Episode 05.13.10
    The impact of Osama bin Laden's death continues to ripple, straining the U.S.'s relationship with Pakistan. After a bump in the polls, Obama returns to domestic policy while the GOP presidential field adds a few more candidates. Joining Gwen: David Sanger, New York Times; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Dan Balz, Washington Post.moreless
  • February 12, 2010
    February 12, 2010
    Episode 02.12.11
    This week Gwen and the panel discuss the bipartisan thaw, the President's overtures and GOP skepticism, the focus on the new jobs bill and Iran's taunting of the West.