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WASHINGTON WEEK

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

Robert Costa, moderator of WASHINGTON WEEK, on the set of the weekly news ana...

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Above: Robert Costa, moderator of WASHINGTON WEEK, on the set of the weekly news analysis series.

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.

Topics for Sept. 15 (Repeats Sunday Sept. 17):

For the second week in a row, President Trump has bucked the Republican Party and made a deal with Democrats in Congress.

The president says he’ll work with Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to make sure undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children are protected from deportation after the phase-out of DACA. In return, he wants stepped-up border security.

Once again, Mr. Trump’s conservative base is seething.

Earlier in the week, the president invited several vulnerable Democrats to the White House for a bipartisan dinner to discuss tax reform, one of the president’s top priorities. Could another deal with Democrats be on the horizon?

Republicans aren’t the only ones on Capitol Hill questioning their ideology. A health care divide is growing in the Democratic Party after independent Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a single-payer insurance bill he calls "Medicare for All."

Just 17 senators have signed on to the proposal so there is no chance it will become law this term. But will universal health care be a new litmus test for Democrats in 2018 and beyond?

Joining Robert Costa at the WASHINGTON WEEK table:

  • Peter Baker and Yamiche Alcindor of The New York Times
  • Erica Werner of the Associated Press
  • Molly Ball of The Atlantic

As Congress returns to Washington and begins tackling an ambitious agenda, join Robert Costa for a Q&A on Facebook Live. He’ll be taking your questions at 9:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. ET) on Friday at facebook.com/washingtonweek

On The WASHINGTON WEEK Website:

Test your knowledge of the week's news with the Washington Week-ly News Quiz!

Republican leaders in the room 'shell-shocked' following Trump deal with Democrats

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WASHINGTON WEEK Podcast

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Meet The Panelists

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

Washington debates funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery

As Hurricane Harvey dissipates, the recovery effort in Texas is just beginning. The Category 4 storm dropped more than 50 inches of rain near Houston and killed dozens of people. The panelists discussed the long cleanup process and the government’s response. The group also discussed the upcoming DACA decision.

Washington debates funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery

As Hurricane Harvey dissipates, the recovery effort in Texas is just beginning. The Category 4 storm dropped more than 50 inches of rain near Houston and killed dozens of people. The panelists discussed the long cleanup process and the government’s response. The group also discussed the upcoming DACA decision.

President Trump changes course in Afghanistan

There’s bad blood brewing between President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans over the debt ceiling, a budget to keep the government running, and funding for a border wall with Mexico. The panelists also discussed some of the big events during the president’s week, including his debrief to Americans about his Afghanistan strategy and a campaign-style rally in Arizona.

Aftermath of Charlottesville, Bannon out at White House

President Donald Trump’s administration made headlines again with the exit of chief strategist Steve Bannon Friday. The move came days after a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia turned into a violent melee. The panelists discussed Bannon’s firing, along with what led to the violence in Virginia, how elected officials responded, and where America goes next.

How will the U.S. respond to North Korea’s nuclear war?

Tensions escalated between the United States and North Korea this week after U.S. intelligence agencies assessed North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that could fit on a missile capable of reaching Chicago. The panelists discussed the options being considered to de-escalate the standoff.

Russia probe continues, Trump rallies base

President Trump turned his attention to issues that rally his conservative base – immigration and affirmative action – after last week’s failure to move forward with health care reform in the Senate. But the president has again found himself in a familiar place: up against the ropes with news about continued Russia probes.

Stunning shakeups hit the White House, Obamacare repeal fail

A surprise Friday afternoon staff shakeup hit the White House, as chief of staff Reince Preiebus moves out and Homeland Security Chief John Kelly steps in to the role. The panelists also recap President Trump's continued public criticism of his “beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the defeat of the seven-year Republican quest to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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