Episodes and Videos | Washington Week

Washington Week

Award-winning reporting and analysis

Episodes and Videos

Backstory

Ash Carter: First Year as Pentagon Chief

December 17, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has been serving for less than a year, but he has instituted two major changes at the Pentagon: allowing women to serve in combat and adopting anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and lesbian troops. Gwen Ifill spoke to POLITICO's Michael Crowley who describes Carter as a "creature of the Pentagon" -- someone familiar with building and how to get things done.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Baltimore braces as Freddie Gray jury wrestles with a deadlock

December 15, 2015
The jury in the first trial on the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray returned after two days of deliberations to say they are deadlocked. Gray’s fatal injuries while in Baltimore police custody exposed deep cracks in the city’s criminal justice system and sparked protests. Gwen Ifill speaks to Juliet Linderman of the Associated Press about the charges against Officer William Porter.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What’s behind the Ted Cruz surge?

December 14, 2015
Recent polls show Sen. Ted Cruz gaining ground in the Republican presidential race, while Ben Carson is slipping. Gwen Ifill speaks to Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR about Cruz’s surge and what to watch for in the upcoming GOP debate Tuesday night.
Web Clip

Obama defends ISIS strategy

December 14, 2015
President Obama defended his administration's strategy to fight ISIS in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room after a meeting of his National Security Council. "As we squeeze it's heart, we'll make it harder for ISIL to pump it's terror and propaganda to the rest of the world," Obama said.

Widespread Backlash to Donald Trump's Proposed Muslim Ban

December 11, 2015
Donald Trump grabs the headlines with a proposed ban on Muslim visitors as the Republican Party figures out how to respond.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

House report questions legality of Bowe Bergdahl transfer

December 10, 2015
Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have released a new report on the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for releasing five Taliban inmates at Guantanamo Bay. To discuss the findings, Gwen Ifill talks to Rep. Vicky Hartzler, chair of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Loretta Sanchez, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Webcast Extra

The Donald vs. The Eagle, Debate Expectations, Millennial Voters and Rahm's Woes

December 11, 2015
Ruffled feathers in a TIME photo shoot, Republicans prepare for another debate and younger voters looking for outsiders.
SCOTUS
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

What’s different about the latest challenge to affirmative action?

December 9, 2015
Should race be a consideration in college admissions? For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court justices are considering the constitutionality of that question. Gwen Ifill examines the opposing viewpoints with Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation and Janai Nelson of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Gwen's NewsHour Reports

Are politics of fear driving anti-Muslim sentiment?

December 8, 2015
The threat of attacks at home can drive divisive and dangerous rhetoric. How do we keep our fear in check? Gwen Ifill explores that question with Ronald Brownstein of The Atlantic, Dalia Mogahed of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and Khaled Beydoun of the Barry University School of Law.