Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
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 Oct. 17 (encore Oct. 19):
Congressional lawmakers grilled health officials from Texas and the federal government about the U.S. response to Ebola, possible travel bans, and whether current protocols need to be changed during a combative hearing on Capitol Hill today. Meanwhile, two nurses who wore protective gear while caring for Ebola patient Thomas Duncan before he died at a Dallas hospital have contracted the virus. One is now being treated at a specialized quarantine facility in Georgia. The other is expected to be moved to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland by the end of the day.
President Obama is directing his cabinet to aggressively work to contain the threat of a wider outbreak of Ebola in this country while also urging world leaders to make a more significant commitment to stop the epidemic. Josh Gerstein, Senior White House Correspondent for POLITICO will have the latest on the national and global efforts to contain Ebola.
U.S. airstrikes have helped Kurdish forces drive out Islamic State terrorists (ISIS) in the northern Syrian town of Kobane, but militant fighters are not retreating from other areas in Syria and Iraq. On Wednesday, Great Britain announced that it will begin providing drone surveillance support to the Iraqi military and U.S.-lead coalition. Mr. Obama met with the heads of foreign militaries this week to discuss a coordinated effort against ISIS. But is the president also considering a change in the U.S. airstrike strategy to destroy the militant ISIS? Hannah Allam, National Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers will update us on the coalition fight as well as American efforts to persuade Turkey to partner with the U.S. and allies battling the jihadist group.
Eamon Javers, Washington Correspondent for CNBC will explain why the U.S. economic recovery remains strong despite some mixed signals about the stock market, global instability and the spread of Ebola.
And with just three weeks left until Americans cast their ballots, John Dickerson, Chief Political Correspondent for Slate Magazine and Political Director for CBS News will explain why some debates between Senate candidates this election season are not serving voters very well.
Plus, Gwen Ifill sorts through some of the anxiety, uncertainty and disconnect among Americans regarding Ebola, the volatile stock market and other world events in this week’s Gwen’s Take.