Tonight on Washington Week: A Look Back at 2012

After a tough re-election, we take a look at the challenges President Obama will face in his second term [Photo: CNN].

December 28, 2012

On the eve of a new year and the start of President Obama’s second term, we will pause to examine the significant news stories of 2012 including prickly partisan politics, a turbulent and tight presidential race, and international conflicts that are reshaping U.S. foreign policy.

Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post will take a closer look at the issues that uniquely defined the long and often tense presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney including a long and nasty GOP primary, the Obama campaign's successful get-out-the-vote strategy, debate performances, the 47-percent gaffe, and record-breaking campaign spending.

Michael Duffy of TIME Magazine will report on President Obama's significant achievements during the past year and over the course of his first-term, the challenges ahead in 2013, and how he hopes to shape his legacy.

John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times will have analysis of the toxic working relationship between the White House and Congress over a number of issues including health care, taxes and the budget.

Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will examine the Obama administration's 2012 foreign policy challenges including unrest in the Middle East, instability in Egypt and Libya, concerns about Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea, and what’s ahead for John Kerry as the president's second-term secretary of state.

Be sure to check out the Washington Week website where you can read Gwen’s Take and special message to loyal viewers plus find out what some of your favorite panelists are reading and recommending in the Winter Reading List.

From Gwen Ifill and all of us at Washington Week, best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!