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Friday, February 16, 2018
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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 Feb. 16 (Repeat Sunday, Feb. 18):
Carnage at a Florida school and Congress' role in preventing mass shootings. Plus, the latest on the immigration debate, and the White House struggles to contain the crisis over staffer Rob Porter’s resignation and security clearances.
Seventeen people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland this week when a former student opened fire on campus.
Officials in Broward County have charged 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
In his address to the nation, President Donald Trump offered words of sympathy and support but steered clear of addressing gun control policy and instead signaled his intent to convene governors to discuss measures to better protect school campuses and other gathering places.
Lawmakers from both parties have expressed outrage, but will this week's shooting prompt a reevaluation of gun laws -- something Congress has been hesitant to do in the past.
After months of bipartisan negotiations, the Senate failed to advance four immigration proposals this week leaving nearly a million undocumented immigrants sheltered by an Obama-era program known as DACA facing the prospect of deportation.
The proposal that failed by the most votes was the one that reflected President Trump's four must-have immigration pillars — a path to citizenship for DREAMers, $25 billion for border security and the wall, an end to the diversity visa lottery program and an end to extended family-based migration.
Mr. Trump had threatened to veto any legislation that did not include those four components.
The nation’s top six intelligence officials testified on Capitol Hill during the annual Senate Global Threat Hearing, but it was questions surrounding the tenure and resignation of White House staffer Rob Porter who is accused of domestic abuse.
FBI Director Chris Wray contradicted the White House and Chief of Staff John Kelly's timeline on Porter’s tenure and application for security clearance.
Even though President Trump maintains Kelly's job is safe, Wray’s insights – that include the revelation the FBI’s investigation into Porter was completed last July – are putting pressure on Kelly to resign.
Also, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has opened an investigation into Porter and the status of other White House officials who lack full security clearances.
Join Robert Costa as he helps make sense of another challenging week with:
- Dan Balz of The Washington Post
- Kimberly Atkins of The Boston Herald
- Carl Hulse of The New York Times
- Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal
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