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President Bush pushes for immigration reform

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May 19, 2006
Comprehensive immigration reform was a key issue for President George W. Bush during his second term. On May 15, 2006 President Bush laid out his vision for the country's immigration law during a primetime address to the nation. Gwen Ifill explored the debate over comprehensive immigration reform, the ethnic tensions surrounding the issue and the pushback the president faced from some fellow Republicans with Gebe Martinez of the Houston Chronicle and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal.
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The Supreme Court rules on abortion

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July 3, 1989
The Supreme Court closed out its term with two decisions on reproductive health -- striking down a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law and saying closely held for-profit companies do not have to provide contraception coverage to female employees because of the religious beliefs of the owner. This isn't the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the abortion rights/anti-abortion debate. Twenty-five years ago, the justices upheld a Missouri law that restricted state funding and facilities used for abortions. On a Headline Edition of Washington Week, the panelists discussed the Court's ruling less than two decades after Roe v. Wade.
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Rise of the Tea Party in 2010

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April 9, 2010
Following the surprise defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by tea party candidate Dave Brat in the Republican Congressional primary, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to April 2010. Charles Babington of the Associated Press joined Gwen to discuss the rise of the tea party and its effect on the Republican Party and the 2010 midterm elections.
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Hillary Clinton's role in the Bill Clinton White House

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January 22, 1993
As Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices" hits bookshelves, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to Jan. 22, 1993 following the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Newsweek's Howard Fineman discussed the role the new first lady was expected to play in her husband's administration. From education to health care to her office in the West Wing, the future secretary of State was gearing up for a major role in the White House.
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Remembering Reagan: 10 Years Later

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June 11, 2004
President Ronald Reagan, known as "the great communicator," died ten years ago on June 5, 2004. In this Washington Week vault, Gwen Ifill talks to Dan Balz of the Washington Post and Tom Gjelten of NPR about the leadership and legacy of Reagan and the domestic and international impact of his eight years in office.
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Who are the Guantanamo Detainees?

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April 29, 2011
Over the weekend, the United States' only prisoner of war from Afghanistan was released by the Taliban in exchange for five detaineess held at Guantanamo Bay. The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after being held captive for five years was criticized by some Congressional Republicans who argue the Obama administration negotiated with terrorists. With the news of the prisoner swap, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to April 2011 when Tom Gjelten of NPR reported on the detainees at Guantanamo.
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Obama, Gates, and the Afghanistan Troop Surge

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September 4, 2009
In his new memoir to be released next week, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sharp criticisms for President Obama – including over the Afghanistan troop surge. Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Gates writes. We look back in the Washington Week Vault to September 2009 during the debate over sending more troops to Afghanistan. As ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported at the time, there were “tribes breaking up within the White House” over whether to send more troops.
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Debating the Assault Weapons Ban in 2004

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September 10, 2004
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut one-year ago renewed debate about gun control in the United States, but legislation requiring background checks on gun purchases failed to pass the Senate. In 2004, as the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was set to expire, Congress debated renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles like the one used in the Newtown shooting. From our Washington Week Vault, Gebe Martinez of The Houston Chronicle explained why Congress chose to let the 10-year ban expire.
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Washington Week Remembers Mandela (Part Two)

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June 26, 1990
On June 26, 1990, Washington Week devoted an entire show to Nelson Mandela's visit to the U.S. since his release from Robben Island. In this second of two parts, Paul Duke moderated a package on Mandela's visits to NY, Boston, the UN, White House and Capitol Hill.