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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 Nov. 24 (NO Repeat Sunday, Nov. 26):

Donald Trump came into office promising to change the face of American politics and transfer power "back to the people.”

He cast himself as the disrupter in chief. One year later, President Trump is leading a nation that has become more divided, more polarized, and more intolerant.

Mr. Trump can boast that unemployment is the lowest it has been since 2000, and the stock market is surging.

His most significant accomplishment has been the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

However, the president has fallen short on other campaign promises including the repeal of Obamacare and the construction of a southern border wall.

Another nagging dilemma, special counsel Robert Mueller's increasingly aggressive investigation into Russian election meddling.

Trump's core supporters are eager for him to continue "draining the swamp" and shaking up the status quo.

But some Republicans are speaking out against Trump. Retiring Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) have publically criticized the president and questioned his fitness for the office.

One year after Election Day, we look at how the Trump presidency has rocked American politics and look ahead to 2018 with:

  • Peter Baker of The New York Times
  • Andrea Mitchell of NBC News
  • Michael Duffy of TIME
  • Ann Compton, veteran of ABC News


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

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 online viewing.


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.

Senate tax plan moves forward

After the House passed a sweeping tax overhaul bill on Thursday, the panelists discuss if Republicans have enough momentum to deliver a measure to President Trump’s desk by Christmas. The discussion also turned to the continuing fallout surrounding Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and the sexual harassment accusations against Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

Roy Moore allegations shake Washington, Trump visits Asia

Republican leaders and the White House are saying that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside if allegations that he had inappropriate relations with teenagers when he was in his thirties are true. The panelists explained why the state’s special election next month could be pivotal for both parties and also recapped President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Asia.

Tax reform and the first indictments in the Russia probe

As President Donald Trump embarks on a high-stakes trip overseas, the panelists discussed the political battles brewing at home over Republicans’ new tax proposal. The conversation also turned to recapping the first major developments made earlier this week in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The battle for control of the Republican Party

For even the casual observer, this was a week like no other in Washington. Republican Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Fake each publicly condemned President Trump. The panelists discussed if anything, like a rewrite of the U.S. tax code, can get done on Capitol Hill if the Republican Party is fractured.

Pentagon, FBI investigate ambush on U.S. troops in Niger

The discussion also shifted to the latest developments with the budget, tax reform, and healthcare.

President Trump takes on the Iran deal and health care

After failed attempts in Congress, President Trump made moves to dismantle Obamacare on his own. The panelists discussed what the new rules mean for Americans and the future of the law, along with the president’s recent comments on the Iran nuclear agreement.

Gun debate returns after Las Vegas shooting

Fifty-eight people died and nearly 500 were injured during a shooting a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday. The panelists discussed the emerging Washington debate about how to potentially prevent similar events, along with rising tensions between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns, Puerto Rico slowly responds

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after it was revealed he spent over $400 thousand of taxpayer money on private plane rides. The scandal was just one setback for the Trump administration this week as criticism builds after a slow response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico where the 3.4 million U.S. citizens remain in dire conditions.

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