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Meet Hope Hicks, new White House communications director

December 6, 2016
Donald Trump ran an unconventional campaign, and the one person who was by his side everywhere he traveled was his 27-year-old press secretary Hope Hicks.
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From candidate to president: Obama's call of history

June 26, 2017
Peter Baker, author of "Obama: The Call of History," shares some of the pivotal moments during Obama’s presidency.
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Celebrating 50 years of Washington Week with announcer Paul Anthony

February 22, 2017
As Washington Week celebrates its 50th anniversary, Paul Anthony, the program’s announcer from the very beginning, looks back at his many years on the show and how it all began in 1967.
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Finding love at Washington Week: A golden anniversary for two original employees

February 14, 2017
As Washington Week marks its 50th anniversary, two of the program’s original employees are nearing their own golden anniversary.
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Rosalind Wyman, trailblazing woman on LA city council, dreams of a woman in the White House

December 6, 2016
It's been a month since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election and left the "highest, hardest glass ceiling" unshattered. But for the female politicians who blazed the trail before Clinton, they still dream of a woman serving in the Oval Office.
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How an Iowa family helped Dan Balz understand the Trump phenomenon

December 6, 2016
Longtime Washington Post reporter Dan Balz met a family in Iowa that helped "crystallize" Trump's appeal with voters in America's heartland.
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Policing the Supreme Court: Conflicts of interest and financial disclosures

October 3, 2016
As the eight-member Supreme Court starts its new term, CNN Legal Analyst Joan Biskupic explains the often overlooked financial disclosures that can explain why a particular justice may choose to recuse himself or herself from a case.
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Gwen Ifill on the role of debate moderators

September 20, 2016
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will square off in their first presidential debate on Monday. What should the role of the moderator be? "Every debate moderator tries to figure a way to get past the speeches," Gwen Ifill, moderator of the VP debates in 2004 and 2008, told students at Colorado College. "It's a rare opportunity to see a contrast between the two candidates on any issue."
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How Supreme Court justices spend their summer break

July 13, 2016
The Supreme Court justices wrapped up the last term at the end of June and won't meet again until late August or September to discuss the cases for the next term. So what do the eight members of the nation's highest court do with their summer break? As CNN's Joan Biskupic explains, many of the justices will be traveling overseas. Clarence Thomas is headed to France, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going to Spain. Whether they are traveling to promote their books or to teach, all of them are available for emergency orders.
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