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Robert Costa, moderator of WASHINGTON WEEK, on the set of the weekly news ana...

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Above: Robert Costa, moderator of WASHINGTON WEEK, on the set of the weekly news analysis series.

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.

Join moderator Robert Costa for a robust roundtable discussion with award-winning journalists who provide reporting and analysis of the major stories emanating from the nation’s capital.

Topics for Aug. 10 (Repeats Sunday, Aug. 12):

November's midterm elections loomed large over Tuesday.

In Ohio, Democrats outperformed expectations in a special election for Congress in a district that has been reliably Republican for more than three decades.

In the Republican primary race for Kansas governor, an underdog candidate who President Trump endorsed appears to be on the verge of defeating the incumbent governor.

President Trump has said he will devote most of his time campaigning for vulnerable Republican congressional candidates ahead of the midterm elections.

Mr. Trump knows the results of the congressional midterms will factor into his ability to advance his political agenda during the final two years of his term. But the president's popularity with his base may not bolster centrist Republicans in districts with Mr. Trump's is unpopular.

Democrats remained buoyed by the performance of their mainstream candidates who have defeated some of Bernie Sanders' left-wing primary candidates. But are they being over-optimistic that a "blue wave" is coming?

Plus, what President Trump’s legal team is offering special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as a counter-proposal for a potential sit-down interview.

Robert Costa will get analysis from:

  • Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times
  • Philip Rucker of The Washington Post
  • Kimberly Atkins of The Boston Herald
  • Jake Sherman of POLITICO


Test your knowledge of the week's news with the Washington Week-ly News Quiz!

And don’t forget you can follow WASHINGTON WEEK on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter to keep up with daily developments. Past episodes of WASHINGTON WEEK are available for streaming on demand.


If you miss the program or want to hear it a second time, download the podcast and listen to both the show and the Webcast Extra.

Meet The Panelists

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

The Trump administration clashes over the Russia Probe

The Trump administration confronts Russian election interference as a showdown with special counsel Robert Mueller looms. Panelists also discussed former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial for tax and bank fraud.

The U.S. economy surges while trade the trade war persists

After the Commerce Department announced Friday that the economy grew at a rate of 4.1 percent, the panelists discussed the impact of the president’s trade policies on the economy. The conversation also turned to the freeze on U.S.-EU trade tensions and the bombshell claims made by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Plus, leaders of the House Freedom Caucus call for the impeachment of AG Rod Rosenstein.

President Donald Trump faces political firestorm after Putin

The White House faced a week of contradictions and clarifications following President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The panelists discussed the summit's backlash, including DNI chief Dan Coats' comments and the reaction on Capitol Hill.

The latest developments in the Russia probe

A dozen Russian nationals are indicted days before President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump also made global headlines during his international trip this week. Panelists discussed his time at the NATO summit and comments about British Prime Minister Theresa May.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court shortlist

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his new Supreme Court nominee on Monday. The panelists discussed the leading contenders who could replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy and the confirmation battle brewing on Capitol Hill. Conversation also turned to the resignation of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and the trade war between the United States and China.

Justice Kennedy's retirement causes a Supreme Court shakeup

An already historic week of decisions that reflected the Supreme Court’s conservative leanings was punctuated by the announcement that “swing” Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire in July. The panelists discussed the impact of the announcement, including Kennedy's legacy and potential replacements.

Crisis at the border and in Washington

President Trump reverses course on separating families at the border and the political, social, and ethical ramifications continue to reverberate. After a turbulent week, the panelists discussed the immigration crisis and the challenges ahead.

Recapping President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korea

After President Trump met with Kim Jong-un, the panelists discussed how the president’s diplomatic efforts toward North Korea and his clashes with longtime allies may be creating a new world order. The conversation also turned to Friday’s news that Paul Manafort will head to jail, along with the recently released Justice Department report on Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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