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Our 25th Anniversary

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February 21, 1992
Washington Week marks its 45th year on the air this week making it TV's longest running prime time news and public affairs program. To mark this milestone we pulled a clip from the 25th anniversary broadcast hosted by long-time moderator Paul Duke. It’s a wonderful retrospective of some of the stories, journalists and events that have shaped Washington Week for more than four decades.
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"The Era of Big Government is Over:" Clinton's 1996 State of the Union

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January 26, 1996
In his 1996 reelection, President Clinton’s tried to claim the role as the fiscal responsibility candidate from the Republicans, much like President Obama is trying to do today. In his State of the Union that year, he famously said, "The era of big government is over." Take a look at the Address, a pivotal moment in his reelection campaign. Original air date: January 26, 1996. Moderator: Ken Bode. Panelists: Gloria Borger, US News and World Report; Alan Murray, Wall Street Journal; Todd Purdum, The New York Times; Mara Liasson, NPR.
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Same-Sex Marriage

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August 6, 2010
A federal appeals court has declared California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Take a look back at the original case from the August 2010 vault.
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The State of the Union

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February 27, 2009
We take a look back at President Barack Obama’s annual addresses to congress, looking at his 2009 Address to a Joint Session of Congress, as well as the 2010 and 2011 State of the Union Addresses. Topics include the healthcare, the economy, and America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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North Korea's Nuclear Program

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April 25, 2003
After the death this week of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, we look back at the development of North Korea's nuclear program over the decade as reported on Washington Week. In 2003, North Korea confirmed its nuclear capability. Then in 2006, reports of that nation's first nuclear weapons test and the reaction from the international community.
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The Iraq War Begins

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March 20, 2003
As the U.S. officially declares the Iraq War over, and after President Barack Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on post-war relations, we look back at the beginning of the war. The hour long special edition aired on March 20, 2003, the day the Iraq War began. Joining Gwen: David Broder, Dana Priest, The Washington Post; Tom Gjelten, NPR; Richard Leiby, The Washington Post, reporting from Kuwait.
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Peace Accord in Bosnia

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September 22, 1995
This week in 1995, U.S. Diplomat Richard Holbrooke brokered a deal with the warring factions in Bosnia which included American troops serving as peacekeepers. It received a cool reception in Congress. Three months later, President Clinton got bipartisan support and the peace accord was signed.
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The War in Afghanistan Begins

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October 12, 2001
As the war in Afghanistan hits its 10 year anniversary this week, we look back at the Washington Week from October 12, 2001. At the time, President George W. Bush suggested that the war "may take a year or two but we will prevail." NPR's Tom Gjelten analyze the military strategy, the status of the Taliban and the developing Bush's doctrine.
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September 11, 2001

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September 11, 2001
On the night September 11, 2001, as part of PBS’s continuing coverage, Gwen Ifill hosted a Washington Week Special Edition featuring reporting and analysis from the late David Broder (Washington Post), Doyle McManus (LA Times), Tom Gjelten (NPR) who was at then the Pentagon when it was attacked, and Martha Raddatz (ABC News) who was at the State Department when it was evacuated.