Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
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 14, 2013:
U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies have determined that Syria has used chemical weapons against opposition forces multiple times over the past year. President Barack Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would cross a "red line" for the U.S.
Late Thursday the White House announced that the U.S. will provide military assistance to some rebel forces but released few specifics on the extent of America's involvement in Syria's civil war. Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times will have the latest on this developing story.
Following the disclosures of the NSA’s widespread anti-terrorism surveillance programs, there is a political debate over whether Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who leaked top-secret information, was acting as a whistleblower or traitor. Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will have the latest on investigations into the government’s data-monitoring activities and the international search for Snowden.
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers moved forward in considering comprehensive immigration reform. The Senate is debating a bill that would strengthen border security and require all U.S. businesses to check the immigration status of new hires. Alan Gomez of USA Today will have details of the bipartisan effort to create a path to citizenship for some 11 million people currently in the country illegally and hurdles still to be faced in the House.
Plus Joan Biskupic of Reuters will explain the significance of today’s Supreme Court decision that prohibits human genes from being patented but allows artificially copied DNA to be claimed as intellectual property. Plus we’ll look ahead at the three major cases yet to be decided this term dealing with same-sex marriage, affirmative action and voting rights.
And be sure to read Gwen’s Take: Understanding Washington More/Hating Politics Less On the Shoulder of Giants and her special remembrance of NBC’s Tim Russert who died five years ago this week.