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Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal

Airs Fridays at 8 p.m. & Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV

Above: WASHINGTON WEEK features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill (pictured) hosts.

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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Get to know the panelists who join Gwen around the table each week.

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Topics for Feb. 5 (Encore Feb. 7):

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over Wall Street, foreign policy and what it means to be a progressive during the last Democratic presidential candidates' debate before the New Hampshire primary next week. The former secretary of state, who won the Iowa caucuses by a slim margin, accused the Vermont senator of smearing her record by suggesting she was in the pocket of Wall Street because she accepted campaign donations and speaking fees from the financial industry.

Sanders, who holds a double-digit lead in New Hampshire, pushed back taking aim at Clinton’s progressive record on a number of issues, including her vote as a senator to authorize the war in Iraq.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump’s second-place finish in Iowa has shaken up the race for the GOP nomination. Trump graciously conceded the win to Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday, then reversed himself and went on the attack claiming the Texas senator “stole” Iowa by committing voter fraud.

Sen. Marco Rubio is using the momentum from his strong third-place finish in Iowa to distinguish himself as the Republican candidate who can bring Americans together. But his strong showing has made him the target of two rivals also fighting for Republican establishment support – Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.

With all eyes on New Hampshire, can Sanders maintain his significant lead to score a victory or will Clinton’s deep ties with the party’s establishment help her pull off an upset? And can Trump recover from a second-place finish in Iowa to make a comeback in the Granite State?

Gwen Ifill will get answers and analysis from the political reporters covering the 2016 Race for the White House: Robert Costa of The Washington Post; Lisa Lerer of the Associated Press; Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times; and Reid Wilson of Morning Consult.

And be sure to watch Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodrull when they moderate the Democratic presidential primary debate on Feb. 11 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 8 p.m./ 9 p.m. ET) on PBS.

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State of the 2016 Campaign: Iowa Caucus Countdown

With just days until Iowa voters head to the caucuses, polls show that no candidate has the race locked up. On the Republican side, frontrunner Donald Trump skipped the latest GOP debate over a dispute with Fox News. He held a fundraiser to support veterans issues instead. But seven other candidates debated immigration and terrorism. How did Trump's absence affect Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio?


Political Storm with One Week to Iowa, SCOTUS & Immigration

With one week until the Iowa caucuses, polls show outsider candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are gaining momentum. Trump, who is fighting off a conservative challenge from Ted Cruz, gained the endorsement of 2008 GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin. While in the Democratic race, Sanders' surge in polling has Hillary Clinton's campaign questioning his electability.

Trump, Cruz dominate GOP debate; Democratic race tightens

In the first Republican presidential debate of 2016, frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz traded jabs over Cruz's eligibility for the nation's top job because of his Canadian birth and what Cruz means by "New York values." On the Democratic side, with two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has tightened in critical first states.

Executive Action on Guns, North Korean Nuclear Threat

President Obama announced new executive actions to curb gun violence including expanding background checks and mental health screenings. North Korea claimed this week to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. On the 2016 campaign trail, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is questioning his GOP rival Ted Cruz's eligibility to run because he was born in Canada.


Obama Year-End Wrap Up, Sanders Campaign Sues DNC

As President Obama heads to Hawaii for vacation and looks ahead to his final year in office, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports on what the president has left on his agenda including criminal justice reform. In the 2016 race for the White House, the Bernie Sanders campaign is in hot water with the DNC after a Sanders staffer exploited a security flaw to access Clinton voter records.


Widespread Backlash to Donald Trump's Proposed Muslim Ban

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump drove the 2016 presidential debate this week after proposing to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. A poll released this week showed 57 percent of Americans oppose the plan, and many of his Republican and Democratic opponents have announced their opposition. But Trump's support among Republican voters is only growing as voters appear to like his tough talk.