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The Backstory | Civil Rights, Healthcare & Presidential Legacies

April 16, 2014
Gwen Ifill talks to Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine and co-author of the bestselling book "The Presidents Club" about how history remembers President Lyndon B. Johnson's time in office.

The Backstory | Secretary of State: Kerry vs. Clinton

December 26, 2013
In this Washington Week backstory, Lakshmanan discusses the different approaches undertaken by Clinton and the present Secretary of State John Kerry in that role.

The Backstory: Reflections on 48-years of Washington Week

February 22, 2013
Washington Week announcer Paul Anthony remembers 47 years on the air.

The Backstory: Evolution of the Obama Presidency

November 27, 2012
As President Obama prepares to take the oath of office for the second time, Gwen Ifill talks with Helene Cooper, White House Correspondent for The New York Times to get the backstory on how President Obama has grown and evolved during his first term, how the American public's perception of him has changed over time, and his interesting relationship with journalists.

The Backstory: The Untold Military Stories

November 20, 2012
Martha Raddatz, ABC News' Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, discusses the military stories that have been overlooked during her time covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These include the stresses on the generals, the post-deployment crises, like rising suicide and divorce rates, and the waning interest of the American people in the wars.

The Backstory: Obama's Wars

June 12, 2012
What is the Obama doctrine? Coming into office facing two wars, President Obama has embraced covert programs and new technologies that allow his administration to wage secret wars. Get "The Backstory" from David Sanger, The New York Times, on the secret cyber-war the U.S. and Israel are waging against Iran, how the president handled the Arab Spring and how Obama’s foreign policy has changed.

The Backstory: 9/11 and the Death of Osama bin Laden

May 1, 2012
Martha Raddatz, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, recalls a personal conversation with her son on the night Osama bin Laden was killed. She also discusses how September 11th changed Americans and changed journalism in Washington Week's "The Backstory."

The Backstory: America Post-9/11

April 30, 2012
America post-9/11 has seen an unprecedented claim of presidential power. Military and intelligence elements have taken greater steps to strike potential national security threats. But are counterterrorism excesses eroding our civil liberties? Award-winning national security correspondent James Kitfield of National Journal analyzes one year after Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Cameras in the Supreme Court

April 24, 2012
Why aren’t video cameras allowed in Supreme Court hearings? Would they change the outcome of the case or the way the public sees the court? In the week following the oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, Gwen got the Backstory from Pete Williams of NBC News and Joan Biskupic of Reuters.
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