Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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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Topics for April 18 (encore: April 20):
Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union met in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday to work on a plan to deescalate the tense situation that has roiled Ukraine since the toppling of its pro-Moscow president in February. These were the first face-to-face meetings between Russian and Ukrainian diplomats since pockets of eastern Ukraine came under pro-Russian control.
While Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. and other Western nations are considering new economic sanctions to impose on Russia, the Obama administration is preparing to authorize a limited shipment of non-lethal aid to Ukrainian forces. Peter Baker of The New York Times will have the latest on the evolving role the U.S. is playing in the high-level talks to find a diplomatic solution to end the deepening crisis in Ukraine.
This week Americans paused to honor and remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing one year later. Meanwhile, lawyers for alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were in court this week arguing that some of the federal charges against their client should be dropped. Pete Williams of NBC News will take a closer look at the issue of domestic terrorism and concerns within the law enforcement community that incidents like the Boston bombings or last weekends shooting rampage at two Jewish-run facilities in Kansas are an emerging threat. .
The midterm elections may be seven months away but the fund-raising activities are in high gear. Matea Gold of The Washington Post will explain what’s fueling the surge in political donations and why independent political groups could play a greater role in this year’s midterm contests.
Plus Molly Ball of The Atlantic will explain how Senator Rand Paul is attempting to rally support for a potential 2016 White House run by satisfying the conservative grassroots while also calling for a broader Republican Party.
Gwen Ifill was online for her monthly web chat. Find out Gwen’s Take on who tells the best stories at Washington D.C. dinner parties, how she stays so young and hip, and her advice to young journalists.