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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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16 For 2016

As Election 2016 approaches, we want to hear from you, the voters! WASHINGTON WEEK is proud to launch "16 for 2016" -- a national initiative to bring diverse points of view together to inform and engage voters. Got 16 seconds to talk about your key issue? Upload your video! Got 16 thoughts about health care? Share your comment! Have you met any of the presidential candidates? Post your photos! Or join the conversation on Twitter with #16for2016

Topics for Oct. 2 (Encore Oct. 4):

The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has reignited the debate over how to prevent gun violence. The rampage left nine people dead and seven wounded. Police say the 26-year-old shooter was armed with three handguns and a long rifle. Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will report on President Obama's impassioned pleas for "common sense" legislation to address gun violence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch air strikes in Syria less than two days after he had a meeting with President Obama at the United Nations stunned U.S. and Western officials. The Pentagon reports the Russian military appears to be targeting opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rather than ISIS strongholds. Peter Baker of The New York Times and Nancy Youssef of The Daily Beast will have the latest on the Obama-Putin dynamics, Russia’s intervention in Syria and reports that Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive on behalf of Assad.

On Capitol Hill, House Republicans are scrambling to elect new leadership in the wake of Speaker John Boehner’s decision to retire at the end of the month. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who seems poised to replace Boehner, is now coming under fire for suggesting the House Benghazi investigation was aimed to hurting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Susan Davis of NPR and Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post will report on how the new GOP leadership will be different after Boehner departs and how Congress was able to avert a government shutdown this week.

One of the hot topics on the 2016 presidential campaign trail is immigration reform. The debate seems to be centered on building walls, deportation and paths to citizenship. Gwen Ifill sat down with NPR's Tom Gjelten, author of "A Nation of Nations: A Great America Immigration Story" (link is external) to find out how America has been transformed since the Immigration and Nationality Act was signed into law 50 years ago. Watch the Backstory

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Boehner Resigns, Pope Francis’ US Tour & Obama hosts Jinping

After being under strong pressure from conservatives in Congress to push for tighter government spending, House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation this week. As he continued his tour around the U.S., Pope Francis came to Washington to address Congress on controversial issues including immigration and climate change.

Republicans Take Aim at Donald Trump in Second Debate

The top 11 Republican presidential contenders assembled at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for the second debate on Wednesday night. Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post explains how a combination of attacks from challengers and specific policy discussion left frontrunner Donald Trump silent for part of the debate. Plus, Carly Fiorina's strong debate performance and Democratic concerns.

Clinton's Email Probe Continues & Trump Pledges GOP Support

The State Department released another batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails and 150 were classified after the fact. After a meeting with RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Donald Trump signed an agreement pledging allegiance to the Republican party and seemingly forgoing a potential independent run. President Obama received the necessary votes to assure the Iran agreement survives GOP opposition


Biden Weighs White House Run, Trump Spars With Media

Above: The declared Democratic presidential candidates spoke to party leaders in Minneapolis this week. As frontrunner Hillary Clinton takes on the Republican field, Bernie Sanders pushes his populist appeal, and Martin O'Malley pushes back at the DNC's debate plan. But speculation in Democratic circles continues to surround Joe Biden who is openly considering jumping into the race for the White House.


Donald Trump Shapes the Policy Debate

Above: With Donald Trump still polling high, fellow Republican candidates work to differentiate themselves by rolling out their policy platforms. Marco Rubio and Scott Walker would repeal Obamacare, Jeb Bush wants to improve education and veterans affairs, while Trump would end birthright citizenship to illegal immigrants.


2016 Candidates Flock to Iowa

Above: The Iowa State Fair kicked off this week with hopeful 2016 candidates hoping to win the support of party faithful in the nation's first caucus state. Meanwhile, email troubles continue to plague Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and CNBC’s John Harwood explain which candidates had a good week and which have seen better.


First GOP Debate Draws Record Audience

Above: Republican presidential contenders went toe-to-toe with frontrunner Donald Trump in 2016's first debate. Who was able to break through the fray? Dan Balz of The Washington Post, John Dickerson of CBS News and Jeanne Cummings of The Wall Street Journal break down the debate's highs and lows and analyze the role of The Donald in the 2016 season.


Countdown to First GOP Debate & Congress' Unresolved Issues

Above: The first Republican presidential debate is less than a week away, and many are speculating about the role businessman Donald Trump will play as he leads the GOP field. Which Republicans will be on the stage to take on Trump? Plus, Congress is heading out of town for its five-week summer recess while leaving some major issues unresolved.