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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 July 21 (Repeat Sunday, July 23):

President Trump’s legal team is trying to blunt the impact of ongoing investigations in Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

In an attempt to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, aides are looking into the background of investigators, according to The New York Times. Plus, aides are researching the president’s ability to grant pardons to his aides, family members and himself, according to The Washington Post.

As Mr. Trump marks his six-month anniversary in the Oval Office, he is also sharing frustration about the stalled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

After the latest Senate health care bill to replace the ACA collapsed amid party divisions, Mr. Trump shifted blame between Democrats and his own party for the failure. He said senators should stay in town until they pass a plan that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to vote next week on a revised plan that would open the bill for debate and amendments.

Robert Costa will discuss six months of achievements and setbacks for the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress with:

  • Peter Baker of The New York Times
  • Molly Ball of The Atlantic
  • Geoff Bennett of NPR

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.

White House in crisis mode after Donald Trump Jr.'s emails w

President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. released emails detailing a June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, and the White House entered crisis mode to contain the fallout. While the president publicly defended his son, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill were critical of the response and continue investigations into possible collusion. Plus, Senate GOP unveiled revised health plan.

Trump and Putin have first face-to-face meeting

President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit in Germany. Trump pressed Putin about Russia's role in meddling in the U.S. presidential election which Putin denied doing. How is Trump reshaping American foreign policy six months after taking office? And how does the global community view the new president?

Health care policy, politics and consequences

What is the state of health care in America? The Affordable Care Act has been law for seven years, but with 22 million people still uninsured and costs rising, how should lawmakers revise the health care system? We discuss the current health care situation and the plan being considered by Republicans in the Senate.

Republicans revive health care reform and Congress compromis

Republicans in the House performed life-saving measures to revive their long-promised plan to replace Obamacare weeks after their original replacement bill fell short. The recrafted measure is likely to encounter hurdles when it is debated by the Senate, but President Trump counted the bill as a win and a fulfillment of a key campaign promise.

Calls for unity in the aftermath of Congressional shooting

Republicans and Democrats came together for a moment of bipartisan unity after Rep. Steve Scalise was critically wounded in a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice. Moments like this are a test of leadership and civility for elected officials that so often retreat to partisan corners. But the united moment doesn't remove the very serious divides officials have on issues like health care.

War of Words: Trump and Comey accuse each other of lying

Fired FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump of telling “lies, plain and simple” during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump responded by calling Comey a “leaker” and denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia. The president said he would “100 percent” talk to special counsel Robert Mueller under oath. How did the relationship devolve to this point?

U.S. will withdraw from Paris climate change agreement

President Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the historic 2015 agreement that commits nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and seek to renegotiate a new deal that's "fair" for the American people. Global leaders called the move a mistake, and Trump's decision is raising questions about the U.S. role on the world stage.

Russian investigation reaches Trump’s inner circle

The federal investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election reached President Trump’s innermost circle. Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is a focus of federal investigations and officials believe he has information relevant to the probe. The cloud of the Russia investigations followed the president as he traveled on his first foreign trip.

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