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Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal

Airs Fridays at 8 p.m. & Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on KPBS TV

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.

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Meet The Panelists

Get to know the panelists who join Gwen around the table each week.

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.

Among the features of Washington Week On Line, you can see a weekly blog called Gwen's Take with insight and analysis from moderator Gwen Ifill; an expanded On The Radar section with daily updates from our panelists on the stories they're covering; The Vault which features clips from our library of broadcasts spanning 40 years; our Watch the Show and "Webcast EXTRA" video featuring each week's episodes; and a link to stories from our partners at National Journal.

Topics for July 25 (encore: July 27):

A dizzying array of international crises from the Middle East to Ukraine has garnered both global attention and outrage. In the Middle East, Hamas and Israel remain locked in combat. Despite intensive mediation efforts by the United States and Egypt, efforts to stop the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians collapsed and aggressions on both sides show no signs of abating.

In eastern Ukraine, the standoff between the government and pro-Russian separatists has only escalated in the days following last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner hampering investigation and recovery efforts. Meanwhile, the heated rhetoric between the United States and Europe against Russia is making a tense situation even more unpredictable.

Gwen Ifill will examine the options the United States and European nations are considering to address the cascade of international crisis with: Peter Baker of The New York Times; Nancy Youssef of McClatchy Newspapers; and Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times.

President Obama will address the recent surge of children illegally entering the U.S. during a White House meeting with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on Friday. Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post, who interviewed two of the visiting leaders this week, will report on the discussions with the president; why immigration reform has become a foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration; and how efforts to come up with a solution in Congress appear stalled.

Here’s your chance to chat with Gwen Ifill! She will be on line next Thursday, July 31 at 9 a.m. (12noon ET) for her monthly webchat. Join her live or pre-submit a question.

And find out what Caroline Kennedy told Gwen about her new role as U.S. Ambassador to Japan at a time when the focus on Asia appears to be on the back burner in this week’s Gwen’s Take.

And don’t forget you can follow WASHINGTON WEEK on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with daily developments. Past episodes of WASHINGTON WEEK are available for online viewing.


Washington Week: Global Flashpoints and U.S. Foreign Policy Dilemma

Above: July 18, 2014: The multiple foreign policy challenges facing the Obama administration including the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. Also, the latest on the investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times, Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Yochi Dreazen, Foreign Policy; Michael Crowley, TIME


Washington Week: Immigration Crisis, Middle East Tensions, U.S.-Germany Spying

Above: July 11, 2014: 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


Washington Week: U.S. considers Iraq options; Benghazi suspect captured; Obama

Above: President Obama said Thursday the U.S. will provide military assets to support Iraqi security forces fighting ISIS insurgents but no combat troops. Plus, how will Obama's record-low approval ratings affect the midterms? And House Republicans elect new leaders.


Washington Week: Bergdahl Backlash and Mississippi & Iowa Politics

Above: This week: The controversial prisoner swap that freed Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban commanders, and two high-profile GOP Senate primaries, Iowa and Mississippi, where six-term incumbent Thad Cochran is now facing a runoff election with tea party challenger Chris McDaniel. Joining Gwen: Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post; David Sanger, The New York Times.


Washington Week: Obama at a Crossroads

Above: This week: With the recent resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, we take a look at President Obama’s standing 18-months into his 2nd term, including his priorities, his stumbles and the potential obstacles ahead, both politically and internationally. Joining Gwen: Christi Parsons, Tribune Newspapers; Michael Crowley, TIME Magazine; Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico; Peter Baker, The New York Times.


Washington Week: Pressure on Shinseki, Cyber Spying Tensions, Primary Review

Above: This week: The latest on alleged mismanagement of VA hospitals, the indictment of five Chinese Army officialsover cyber spying, analysis Tuesday’s primary elections and President Lyndon Johnson's call to make America a 'Great Society' fifty years later. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Pete Williams, NBC News; Susan Davis, USA Today; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post.


Arlington National Cemetery

Above: Explore the history, mission and daily operations of Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. This revered place honors the dead and brings great meaning to the living.


Washington Week: Va Hospital Probe, Immigration Reform, Midterm Politics

Above: In this episode: Alleged deadly waiting times for medical care at VA hospitals, passing a compromise immigration bill ahead of the midterm elections, the growing number of 2016 presidential hopefuls, and a look at the GOP primary in Nebraska. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine and CBS News; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times.


Washington Week: Nigerian Girls, Obama's Climate Change Push, Primaries Recap

Above: In this episode: The kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram; the White House released a new report on climate change; the SCOTUS ruling to uphold prayer at government meetings; and a roundup of the primaries that marked the unofficial launch of the midterm season. Joining Gwen: Hannah Allam, McClatchy Paper; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Coral Davenport, The New York Times; Pete Williams, NBC News


Washington Week: Obama in Asia, SCOTUS on Affirmative Action

Above: In this episode: Obama's four-nation tour of Asia, Israel's decision to suspend Mid-East peace talks, the SCOTUS decision to uphold Michigan’s affirmative action ban at public universities, the Justice Dept.'s effort to make select prisoners eligible for presidential clemency grants. Joining Gwen: Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Carrie Johnson, NPR; Joan Biskupic, Reuters.


Washington Week: Ukraine Crisis, Defending Obamacare, Campaign Fundraising

Above: In this episode: The high-level talks between the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the E.U. to find a diplomatic solution in Ukraine, President Obama defends the healthcare law, the surge in political fundraising and a closer look at the two ongoing investigations into domestic terrorism. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, The New York Times; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Matea Gold, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News.


Washington Week: Sebelius Resigns, Civil Rights Summit, Income Inequality

Above: In this episode: The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. What challenges will her predecessor inherit? Also, the 50th anniversary and legacy of the Civil Rights Act, the politics of income inequality, and the prospective candidacies and political dynasties of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Michael Duffy; TIME Magazine; Alex Wayne, Bloomberg News.


Washington Week: Campaign Donation Limits; Healthcare Politics

Above: In this episode: The Supreme Court rejected the overall limits on how much individuals can donate; the implementation and politics of the Affordable Care Act; and why two powerful GOP congressmen, Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dave Camp, have chosen not to seek re-election. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Matea Gold, The Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine.

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