As the Ebola fear and response grows, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to April 2003 when the United States was battling another epidemic: SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome. As SARS spread from China, we discussed the worldwide spread and economic impact of the disease.
In Washington, and in politics, it is increasingly rare to hear someone who agrees with one of the more trenchant passages in the pontiff’s address to Congress, “A good political leader,” he said, “always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces.”
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.