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Yamiche Alcindor, moderator of WASHINGTON WEEK, on set in April 2021.

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Above: Yamiche Alcindor, moderator of WASHINGTON WEEK, on set in April 2021.

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 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 June 11 (No Repeat Sunday, June 13)

President Joe Biden embarked on his first trip abroad as president this week. He’s in Cornwall, England for the G7 meeting. The president has big goals for the trip as he is seeking to boost America’s standing in the world and rally allies around the cause of democracy ahead of a meeting next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But there are new challenges for the president as many countries are unsure of how the U.S. will move forward after four years of former President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies. Will Biden be able to make inroads in his battle between democracy and authoritarianism? And looking ahead to next week’s summit, how will Biden address Russian aggression on issues including human rights, Ukraine and hacks into U.S. infrastructure?

And Vice President Kamala Harris also traveled abroad this week as she continues to focus on trying to address the root causes of the uptick in the number of migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border. But Harris has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for her handling of the issue, with progressives upset that Harris told prospective migrants, “do not come.” How is the vice president handling her first trip abroad? And what did her comments signal about the administration’s policy on immigration?

Yamiche Alcindor will be moderating from Cornwall, where she is reporting on the president’s trip. She will be joined by Ed O’Keefe, Senior White House and Political Correspondent of CBS News, our guest co-moderator in Washington.

Joining them with more insight and analysis:

  • Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times
  • Anna Palmer, Founder of Punchbowl News and Host of the Daily Punch Podcast
  • Vivian Salama, National Security Reporter for The Wall Street Journal


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Meet The Panelists

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

The Battle for Democracy

President Biden tasked Vice President Harris with protecting voting rights as states across the country enact strict new voting laws. The panel also discussed former President Trump’s plan for campaign-style rallies as he plots a return to the public eye. Panel: Leigh Ann Caldwell of NBC News, Astead Herndon of The New York Times, Anita Kumar of POLITICO, Annie Linskey of The Washington Post

George Floyd's Death: One Year Later

A year after George Floyd was murdered by former officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, the panel discussed what’s changed, what hasn’t and where racial justice and policing reforms stand in Capitol Hill. Panel: Trymaine Lee of MSNBC, Wesley Lowery of 60 Minutes+, Ayesha Rascoe of NPR, Sara Sidner of CNN

President Biden and The Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire but President Biden faces challenges to broker a more lasting peace. The panel also discussed the debate over a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. Panel: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News & MSNBC, Rachel Scott of ABC News, Asma Khalid of NPR, Jeff Zeleny of CNN

WASHINGTON WEEK: New CDC Mask Guidelines & GOP Civil War

Fully vaccinated Americans can now go maskless, according to new CDC guidelines. The panel also discussed House Republicans’ removal of Rep. Liz Cheney and President Biden’s response to the mounting crisis in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON WEEK: Washington Week GOP Clash and Biden’s Latest COVID-19 Plans

House Republicans are poised to purge Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership for speaking out against former President Trump’s election lies. The panel also discussed President Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccine goal and his proposed economic plans. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Errin Haines of The 19th, Weijia Jiang of CBS News, Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News

President Biden’s First 100 Days

President Biden addressed a joint session of Congress in the week where his administration crossed 100 days in office. The panel discussed Biden’s progress on COVID-19 & his challenges on key issues. Rachel Scott of ABC News guest moderates. Panel: Geoff Bennett of NBC News, Lisa Desjardins of the PBS NewsHour, Jonathan Martin of The New York Times, Ashley Parker of The Washington Post

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty in George Floyd Killing

Former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. The panel discussed the future of race & policing in America as well as how President Biden will address the climate crisis. Peter Baker of The New York Times guest moderates. Panel: Josh Lederman of NBC News, Toluse Olorunnipa of The Washington Post, Susan Page of USA Today, Pierre Thomas of ABC News

President Biden Starts a Foreign Policy Shift

President Joe Biden announced a historic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, as protests erupt over the killing of Daunte Wright. The panel discussed the president’s foreign policy and the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Nancy Cordes of CBS News guest moderates. Panel: Eugene Daniels of POLITICO, Anne Gearan of The Washington Post, Kasie Hunt of NBC News, Wesley Lowery of 60 Minutes+

Corporate Backlash on Voting Rights

The battle over voting rights continues as big businesses criticize Georgia’s new voting laws. The panel discussed House Democrats’ voting rights bill H.R.1 and a new tape shedding light on dark money. Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report guest moderates. Panel: Errin Haines of The 19th, Eamon Javers of CNBC, Jane Mayer of The New Yorker.


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