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Thursday night’s presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden tackled an array of issues, including health care and immigration. The panel discussed how the two candidates sparred on top issues and how they are appealing to the concerns voters have in the final days before Election Day.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sparred on stage at the final presidential debate on Thursday. The panel discussed the debate as well as the latest news from the campaign trail and Congress as more voters cast their ballots and Election Day draws nearer.
This week, the Senate held confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. On our Extra, guest Jane Mayer of The New Yorker discussed how the hearings are part of a years-long effort spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and donors to conservative causes to reshape the federal judiciary.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling town hall events Thursday night in place of a scheduled presidential debate. And on Capitol Hill, senators questioned Amy Coney Barrett ahead of a potential confirmation vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.
Gerald Seib of The Wall Street Journal discusses his new book “We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump—A Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution,” which chronicles the evolution of the conservative movement over forty years, from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump.
President Trump is back in the White House after three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. As stimulus negotiations sputter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a commission to study the 25th Amendment and presidential fitness. And in the vice-presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris sparred over COVID-19, the Supreme Court and racial justice issues.
Peter Baker discusses his latest book “The Man Who Ran Washington,” which chronicles the life of former White House chief of staff and Secretary of State James Baker.
President Trump has been taken to Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19. The panel discussed the implications of this development on national security and the election.
“She quite simply changed the way the world is for American women and I simply would not be here today in the job that I have if it had not been for her,” Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg told Washington Week. Totenberg remembered her 48-year friendship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discussed the Supreme Court justice’s life and legacy.
Washington Week remembers Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discusses the implications of a confirmation fight just weeks before the 2020 election. And President Trump prepares to announce his selection to fill Ginsburg’s seat.
Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward of The Washington Post discusses his new book “Rage.” The book chronicles the Trump presidency behind the scenes, including revelations from over a dozen conversations between Woodward and President Trump, in which the president assessed the COVID-19 pandemic differently in private than he did in publicly informing the American people.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 after battling pancreatic cancer. The panel discussed Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and the consequences her death may have for the 2020 presidential election, as well as previewing a potential battle over a future Supreme Court nominee. Bob Woodward, author of the new book “Rage,” also discussed previously unreleased audio of President Trump assessing his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Michael Schmidt of The New York Times discusses his latest book “Donald Trump v. The United States: Inside the Struggle to Stop a President,” a fascinating and detailed account of the White House during Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The book looks focuses on two key players: former FBI Director James Comey, and former White House Counsel Don McGahn. This is part of our ongoing Washington Week Bookshelf series.
The panel discussed the how the bombshell revelations in “Rage,” Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration, will affect the 2020 campaign. President Trump told Woodward in February that COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu but has publicly downplayed the seriousness of the virus.
Progressive Senator Edward J. Markey held off a primary challenge from Congressman Joe Kennedy in Massachusetts. But does this race serve as a bellwether for the Democratic Party? And have we seen the last of the Kennedy family in American politics? The panel also discussed President Trump’s amplification of conspiracy theories.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin this week after protests and violence roiled the quiet Midwest city in an important swing state. And President Trump responded to reporting from The Atlantic that he called Americans who died in combat “losers” and “suckers.” The panel discussed the latest from Washington and the campaign trail.
There are just 67 days until the presidential election. The panel discussed what comes next in the race for the White House. Amna Nawaz guest hosts.
Republicans wrapped their unconventional convention on Thursday, with President Trump pummeling Democrats and presenting himself as the defender of American values. The panel discussed how the convention shattered long-standing norms, as the president used the White House as a political stage. And protests unfolded in Kenosha, WI and around the country after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Amna Nawaz guest hosts.
The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra. The panel discussed the major moments of the convention, Michelle Obama’s speech and more.
This week’s Democratic National Convention revealed a party united against President Trump. The bitter primary fights from months ago seemed like ancient history, as Democrats made the case that President Trump poses a threat to American democracy. This week the panel discussed the latest from the Democratic National Convention and hearings on Capitol Hill about President Trump’s attack on the Post Office.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Jordan discusses her newest books “The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump” and “Trump on Trial: the Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath.”
Joe Biden’s search for a running mate ended this week with a history-making pick: Senator Kamala Harris of California. The panel discussed Harris’s record as a senator and California Attorney General as well as President Trump’s attacks on the US Postal Service.
On the Washington Week Extra, New York Times Magazine writer at large and National Geographic contributing writer Robert Draper discusses his latest book, "To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.”
President Trump has been eager to project optimism about the COVID-19 pandemic but has faced scrutiny from reporters. In an interview aired this week with Jonathan Swan of Axios, the president responded to rises in death rates by saying “it is what it is,” while insisting the White House is doing everything it can to combat the virus. Meanwhile, in Congress, Democrats and the White House could not agree to a new round of stimulus or an expansion of the $600 supplement to unemployed Americans that expired last week. The panel discussed the president’s response to the coronavirus crisis, the fate of a deal in Congress and the potential candidates to serve as Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick.
On the Washington Week Extra, 60 Minutes Correspondent John Dickerson discusses his latest book, “The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.”
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Amy Hansen
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Apr 15th, 2017
Latest Episode
Oct 24th, 2020
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