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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.
Nelson Mandela
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Washington Week Remembers Mandela (Part One)

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June 26, 1990
On June 26, 1990, Washington Week devoted an entire show to Nelson and Winnie Mandela's visit to the U.S. In this first of two parts, Paul Duke moderated a package on Mandela's trips to New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. where he visited President George H.W. Bush at the White House and a speech to a joint meeting of Congress.
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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.
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Passing the Brady Bill in 1993

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November 26, 1993
This week, as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, the Connecticut State's Attorney in Danbury released a report on the Newtown, CT massacre. The shooting last December renewed a debate in Congress over gun control, but Congress was unable to pass legislation to prevent similar mass shootings. Twenty years ago this week President Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which mandated background checks for firearms purchases. Our 1993 Washington Week panel discussed how the bill, named for President Reagan's press secretary who was shot during a 1981 assassination attempt on the president, passed Congress with bipartisan support.
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Avoiding the 'Nuclear Option' in 2005

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May 20, 2005
Senate Democrats voted Thursday to change filibuster rules to allow a simple majority vote to confirm President Obama's cabinet and judicial nominations after three of his nominees to the US Court of Appeals DC Circuit were filibustered. In 2005, when Republicans controlled the White House and Senate, Democrats -- including then-Minority Leader Harry Reid -- opposed the so-called nuclear option and fought to preserve their right to filibuster President Bush's nominations. In the end, a group of senators negotiated an agreement to avoid the changing of Senate rules and allow several Bush nominees to have an up or down vote.