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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 May 19 (repeat Sunday, May 21):

Donald Trump is facing the harsh reality of being president just 119 days into his administration. The plume of scandals emanating from the White House grew larger each day this week as Trump continues to push back against investigations into Russia's meddling in the U.S. presidential election and possible ties to his campaign.

The uproar that started with the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week intensified with the revelation of memos Comey wrote that said Trump asked him to end the inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. By Thursday, the president used Twitter (link is external) to call the appointment of a special prosecutor to oversee the Russia investigations a "witch hunt."

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are publicly committed to continue their own investigations. While more Democrats openly discuss impeaching the president, Republicans are starting to distance themselves from the Trump administration.

Robert Costa will make sense of another busy week in Washington with:

  • Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times
  • Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics
  • Michael Scherer of TIME Magazine
  • Manu Raju of CNN

On the WASHINGTON WEEK website:

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Meet The Panelists

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

The fallout from President Trump firing the FBI director

In the days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House has offered many shifting reasons behind the dismissal. The big question that lawmakers are trying to figure out is how Comey's firing will impact the ongoing investigations into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election.

Republicans revive health care reform and Congress compromis

Republicans in the House performed life-saving measures to revive their long-promised plan to replace Obamacare weeks after their original replacement bill fell short. The recrafted measure is likely to encounter hurdles when it is debated by the Senate, but President Trump counted the bill as a win and a fulfillment of a key campaign promise.

Meet Robert Costa, new Washington Week moderator

Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa has been named the new moderator of Washington Week. Robert has been a frequent guest on Washington Week since 2014 and has been a guest moderator in recent weeks. Learn more about Robert’s life and reporting.

Donald Trump's first 100 days

President Trump is reaching the end of his first 100 days in office. The president is learning on the job that governing isn't as easy as he thought it would be. The White House spent the week scrambling for last-minute executive action on trade and tax reform, but Congress is continuing to debate the future of health care.

President Trump's domestic agenda as 100-day mark approaches

President Trump is nearing the 100-day mark of his presidency and Congress is set to return from a two-week recess. On the agenda: a return to health care reform, averting a government shutdown and tax reform. Plus, what can Republicans and Democrats learn from special elections before the 2018 midterm elections? And Trump's foreign policy continues to take shape in his first months in office.

Dramatic shifts in the Trump Doctrine

After campaigning on isolationism and populism, President Trump took surprisingly conventional stances on Russia, NATO and China this week. He said that NATO was "no longer obsolete" and that relations with Russia had potentially hit an all-time low. The president also told the Wall Street Journal that he would not be labeling China a currency manipulator, as he promised during the campaign.

Do strikes in Syria mark change in Trump foreign policy?

Less than 100 days in office, President Trump is facing one the most significant test of his leadership so far. Trump ordered a missile strike against targets in Syria in response to a chemical attack on civilians. It’s the latest in a series of national security challenges this week including missile tests in North Korea. How is the new president being tested?

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