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Presidential Politics: Past as Prologue

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November 6, 1992
After a long and bruising campaign where middle America was concerned that the country was in "deep trouble," voters elected a new president. It was a change election that saw the governing party swept from power. It was November 1992.
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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

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June 14, 2013
For the second time in three years, a National Security Agency contractor is accused of stealing information from the secretive government agency.
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VP debate a "proxy" for the top of the ticket

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October 5, 2012
When Joe Biden and Paul Ryan debated in 2012, the focus was on the presidential candidates.
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Remembering Shimon Peres and his pursuit of Middle East peace

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September 10, 1993
As President Obama and other world leaders attend the funeral of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, we look back at one of Peres' biggest pursuits during his decades-long career: Middle East Peace.
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One Year After 9/11 Attacks - Part II

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September 8, 2016
18 Washington Week panelists gathered to discuss the mark attacks had made on the country.
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One Year After 9/11 Attacks - Part I

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September 8, 2016
18 Washington Week panelists gathered to discuss the mark attacks had made on the country.
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1996 Welfare Reform: Democratic "Mini-Revolt"

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August 18, 2016
When Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform bill in 1996, much of the Democratic leadership refused to attend the signing. We take a look back in this Washington Week Vault.
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Barack Obama's 2004 DNC Speech

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July 30, 2004
Twelve years ago this week, a Democratic Senate candidate named Barack Obama burst onto the national scene when he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. On Washington Week, The Washington Post's David Broder, Time's Michael Duffy and the Boston Globe's Nina Easton discussed Obama's fiery speech. "A star is born," Duffy said on July 30, 2004. At the DNC four years later, Obama was nominated by his party as its presidential candidate, and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry would eventually become secretary of State under Obama. This year, with just six months left in office, Obama will pass the baton to his one-time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president.
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2008 Dem Convention: "Moment of catharsis"

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August 29, 2008
When Hillary Clinton​ spoke at the 2008 Democratic convention after losing the primary battle to Barack Obama​, Michele Norris​ described the importance of giving Clinton's supporters a "moment of catharsis" that was "like air leaving a pressure cooker." Will Bernie Sanders​' speech last night do the same thing for Democrats this year?