Washington Week With Gwen Ifill And National Journal
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Friday, October 2, 2015
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. 2 (Encore Oct. 4):
The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has reignited the debate over how to prevent gun violence. The rampage left nine people dead and seven wounded. Police say the 26-year-old shooter was armed with three handguns and a long rifle. Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics will report on President Obama's impassioned pleas for "common sense" legislation to address gun violence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch air strikes in Syria less than two days after he had a meeting with President Obama at the United Nations stunned U.S. and Western officials. The Pentagon reports the Russian military appears to be targeting opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rather than ISIS strongholds. Peter Baker of The New York Times and Nancy Youssef of The Daily Beast will have the latest on the Obama-Putin dynamics, Russia’s intervention in Syria and reports that Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive on behalf of Assad.
On Capitol Hill, House Republicans are scrambling to elect new leadership in the wake of Speaker John Boehner’s decision to retire at the end of the month. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who seems poised to replace Boehner, is now coming under fire for suggesting the House Benghazi investigation was aimed to hurting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Susan Davis of NPR and Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post will report on how the new GOP leadership will be different after Boehner departs and how Congress was able to avert a government shutdown this week.
One of the hot topics on the 2016 presidential campaign trail is immigration reform. The debate seems to be centered on building walls, deportation and paths to citizenship. Gwen Ifill sat down with NPR's Tom Gjelten, author of "A Nation of Nations: A Great America Immigration Story" (link is external) to find out how America has been transformed since the Immigration and Nationality Act was signed into law 50 years ago. Watch the Backstory