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This Week on Washington Week: Debt Deadlines and Threats to Democracy

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President Biden continues to face an uphill battle to get his legislative agenda passed. He traveled beyond the beltway to Michigan this week to try and drum up support, but the real challenge is on Capitol Hill. Biden brought big bank CEOs and other business leaders to the White House on Wednesday to drive home the risk of not lifting the debt ceiling, saying Republicans are playing “Russian roulette” with the U.S. economy. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now saying he will work with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to extend the debt ceiling, pushing this debate back until December. Biden also faces challenges getting his own party on the same page.
Meanwhile, Trump administration officials face a deadline to comply with the Jan. 6 select committee’s subpoenas, and a Senate report supplied new details about former President Trump's efforts to use the Justice Department to overturn the election.  This news comes after former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked internal documents which gave rare insight into Facebook’s inner workings and alleged Facebook had amplified dangerous speech contributing to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. She also claimed Facebook had spread misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccines, calling on lawmakers to regulate the company. The Washington Week panel will discuss what we learned about the power of this tech giant and others and explore what actions Congress can take.

Joining Washington Week moderator Yamiche Alcindor this week in the studio will be:

  • Katie Benner, Justice Department Reporter for The New York Times
  • Nancy Cordes, Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News
  • Cecilia Kang, TechnologyReporter for the New York Times and author of “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination”
  • Marianna Sotomayor, Congressional Reporter for the Washington Post
  • Eamon Javers, Senior Washington Correspondent for CNBC