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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 May 25 (Repeats Sunday, May 27):

A massive snag in the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula. Plus, the Justice Department and intelligence officials push-back at President Donald Trump's claims that the FBI may have “spied” on his 2016 campaign.

In a letter addressed directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Trump has called off the planned June 12th summit. The letter was written in response to the “tremendous anger and open hostility” contained in a North Korean statement that included reference to a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown."

The president went on to remind the North Korean leader of the United States’ ‘massive and powerful’ nuclear arsenal. The cancellation of the talks comes on the same day North Korea claims to have destroyed its nuclear weapons testing facility.

While the President left the door open for a future meeting with Kim, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that additional sanctions could be put in place against North Korea.

Meanwhile, Justice Department intelligence officials held classified briefings with key lawmakers about President Trump's unsubstantiated charges that the FBI "spied" on his 2016 presidential campaign.

Though representatives of the White House were not expected to attend, Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Attorney Emmet Flood Flood did attend the start of the briefings to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law.

Robert Costa discusses the prospects for a denuclearized North Korea and the status of the Russia probe with:

  • Andrea Mitchell of NBC News
  • Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post
  • Mark Landler of the New York Times, and
  • Anita Kumar of McClatchy Newspaper


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And don’t forget you can follow WASHINGTON WEEK on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to keep up with daily developments. Past episodes of WASHINGTON WEEK are available for streaming on demand.


If you miss the program or want to hear it a second time, download the podcast and listen to both the show and the Webcast Extra.

Meet The Panelists

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

The Russia investigation hits the one-year mark

The Russia probe hit the one-year mark this week. What is special counsel Robert Mueller's next move? The panelists discussed where both the president and the investigation go from here.

U.S. withdraws from Iran nuclear deal

After a week dominated by foreign policy headlines, the panelists recapped the release of three Americans by North Korea, the president’s upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, and the United States’ move to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The panelists discussed President Trump’s shifting defense against the Russia probe, the scandal surrounding adult film star Stephanie Clifford, and the escalating confrontation with the Justice Department.

Korean leaders talk at demilitarized zone

The panelists recapped the historic steps taken by Korean leaders towards denuclearization, turmoil within President Donald Trump's cabinet, and the president's meetings with the leaders of France and Germany and the latest updates in the Iran nuclear deal.

Latest updates in the Russia probe, North Korea announces plans to suspend nuclear missile tests. And, the addition of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to President Donald Trump’s personal legal team.

James Comey’s tell-all book makes headlines

The former FBI director’s book doesn’t hit shelves until next week, but it’s already making headlines. The panelists discussed the revelations in the book, along with the latest updates in the Russia probe, Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement, and the chemical attacks in Syria.

President Trump rattles global markets

President Trump threatens China with new tariffs rattling global markets, while he returns to his campaign pledge to crack down on immigration. Plus, the latest turmoil in the Trump administration surrounding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Inside the latest diplomatic showdown

The panelists discussed the current standoff with Russia, the latest shakeup in President Donald Trump's cabinet, and the recent report claiming the president's legal team considered pardons for two former advisers.

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