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Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal

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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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Topics for June 26 (Encore June 28):

The Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama a major victory by upholding a key portion of his landmark healthcare law often referred to as Obamacare. The justices voted six to three to continue federal health care subsidies for millions of Americans. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with liberal colleagues in support of the law writing in the opinion, "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them."

The high court also upheld a key provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act to fight housing discrimination. Pete Williams of NBC News and Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will examine the legal and political ramifications surrounding these major decisions.

President Obama will travel to Charleston, SC on Friday to deliver the eulogy for slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney. He was one of nine black parishioners killed in last week’s racially motivated mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Michele Norris of NPR and Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will report on the aftermath of the massacre and the renewed debates over the issues of race, gun violence and the Confederate flag.

Plus, read Gwen’s Take on the lessons after Charleston: On Flags, Forgiveness and Fairness.

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Charleston Church Shooting, House Revives Trade Bill

The Justice Department launched a hate crimes investigation into the mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., that left nine people dead. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports on President Obama's calls for a shift in how the U.S. thinks about gun violence. In Congress, GOP leaders worked with the White House to pass fast-trade trade authority after Democrats blocked the initial bill.

House Votes Down Trade, More Troops to Iraq and 2016

House Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi voted down President Obama's fast-track trade authority Friday. POLITICO's Manu Raju explains the showdown and the possible resolution next week. Also this week, President Obama announced that 450 more troops would be headed back to Iraq to advise and train the Iraqi military.

Fmr House Speaker Indicted, DOJ Probe of Policing Practices

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been charged with lying to the FBI about giving someone hush money to cover up transgressions from his past.


ISIS Victories in Iraq & Syria, Congressional Debates & 2016

Above: Islamic State forces made significant gains in Iraq and Syria this wee. With ISIS controlling half of Syria, Yochi Dreazen of Foreign Policy reports on the U.S. efforts to fight back. Back home, Congress prepares to leave town for Memorial Day while continuing fights on contentious bills including fast-track trade authority and reauthorization of NSA data collection. Plus the 2016 race heats up.

Senate Compromises on Trade Bill

Senate leaders compromised on a deal to fast-track President Barack Obama’s trade initiative after Senate Democrats rejected the president’s original proposal. Manu Raju of POLITICO explains how the compromise came together.

Court Rules Against NSA Data Collection

A federal appeals court ruled hat the NSA bulk collection of telephone call information is illegal. The court said that information can only be gathered when there is something specific to investigate.

Justice in Baltimore for Freddie Gray

The death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore resident who suffered fatal spinal injuries while in police custody, was ruled a homicide Friday, and six Baltimore police officers involved in his arrest would indicted on felony charges. All week, street protests have brought national attention to the issues of poverty, race relations and policing in urban communities.

Al Qaeda Captives Killed in Drone Strike

President Obama apologized after an American and an Italian citizen being held captive by al Qaeda were among the people killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan. Two other Americans who had joined al Qaeda were also killed.

Congressional Review of Iran Deal

Lawmakers reached an agreement this week that allows Congressional review of any Iran nuclear agreement. POLITICO's Manu Raju explains how Congress reached the bipartisan deal, and The New York Times' Peter Baker explains why President Obama agreed.

Immigration Crisis, Middle East Tensions, U.S.-Germany Spyin

President Obama proposed a $3.7 billion plan to address the surge of illegal immigrants, the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, and Germany's decision to expel a CIA station chief in Berlin in response to more cases of U.S. Joining Gwen Ifill: Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Fawn Johnson, National Journal; Mark Mazetti, New York Times; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News

Three Candidates Jump Into 2016 Race

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the second official 2016 candidate this week, but how is he distinguishing himself as a different kind of Republican as he tries to win the GOP presidential nomination? With two other candidates set to join the race in the coming days -- Democrat Hillary Clinton on Sunday and Republican Marco Rubio on Monday, how is the 2016 field taking shape?

Iran Nuclear Agreement, NJ Senator Charged with Corruption

After weeks of marathon talks in Switzerland, world leaders reached a preliminary agreement on the future shape of Iran's nuclear program. Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News just returned from the talks and debriefs on the terms of the deal that include limitations on Iran's nuclear capabilities and a lifting of economic sanctions.

Harry Reid Announces Retirement, U.S. Troop Drawdown

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid made a surprise announcement Friday that he will not run for re-election in Nevada in 2016 which set off discussions inside the Democratic leadership about who will replace the long-time leader. Also this week, President Obama met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and announced that 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of the year.