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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 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


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.

President Trump signs new budget deal

Crisis and confrontations hit Washington as the stock market fluctuated in New York this week. The panelists discussed the details of the recently passed budget, along with the departure of two White House aides after abuse allegations and the week on Wall Street.

What did the Nunes memo reveal?

After President Trump authorized the release of a previously classified memo alleging the FBI and the Justice Department abused the government’s surveillance powers, the panelists discussed the aftermath and what the consequences of a White House at war with the intelligence community could look like.

New revelations in the Russia probe

As the president made his “America First” pitch to global leaders at Davos this week, his handling of the Russia probe became front and center once again.

Government shutdown looms over Washington Friday night

It’s a government on the brink. As the Senate approaches a late Friday night vote to stop a potential government shutdown at midnight, the panelists discussed the ongoing talks and how lawmakers got to this point.

The impact of President Donald Trump’s explicit insult

President Donald Trump denied he used a vulgar phrase to describe Haiti and African nations during talks with lawmakers inside the Oval Office earlier this week, but the remarks have created an international controversy. The panelists discussed if the White House made a shift to damage control mode and the possible long-term effects of the remarks.

President Trump breaks with Steve Bannon over tell-all book

Steve Bannon took aim at President Trump in comments in a new book out this week. The panelists discussed the aftermath of "Fire and Fury," along with the retirement of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch from Utah.

Recapping President Donald Trump's final interview of 2017

During his final interview of the year with The New York Times, the president elaborated on several of the notable events that happened during his first year in office . Robert Costa and the panelists recapped the interview, along with the latest in the Russia probe.

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