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President Nixon's Resignation

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August 9, 1974
The fallout from Watergate, Nixon's attempt to defund Washington Week, and his eventual resignation.
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Barack Obama's 2004 DNC Speech

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July 30, 2004
Ten 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.
Martha Raddatz on Washington Week July 2000
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Middle East Peace Talks in 2000

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July 21, 2000
President Clinton holds Israel-Palestine peace talks at Camp David.
Benjamin Netanyahu
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Obama Pushes Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

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September 3, 2010
President Obama's first attempt at negotiating Middle East peace
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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.