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This Week on Washington Week: Tragedy in Pittsburgh and the countdown to the midterm elections

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Coming up on Washington Week: Tragedy in Pittsburgh and the countdown to the midterm elections.  

President Donald Trump traveled to Pittsburgh this week to pay his respects to the 11 Jewish congregants murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue. He and First Lady Melania Trump were warmly received at the synagogue, but there was also a solemn protest march in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The horrific shooting has sparked a national debate about whether the coarsening of political rhetoric contributed to the violence.

In the final days before the midterm elections, President Trump has doubled down on his efforts to make illegal immigration the issue of the 2018 midterms in an effort to rally Republican voters. Mr. Trump says he intends to nullify the 14th Amendment and end birthright citizenship through an executive order.  Most legal scholars say that is not possible. He also said that he will send up to 15,000 troops to the southern border to stop Central American migrants from entering the country.   

The Democrats' closing pitch is focused on two key kitchen-table issues: health care and the economy. They are also calling out Mr. Trump for his divisive messages and what they believe to be Republican hypocrisy on health care. Some GOP lawmakers are promising to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions at the same time twenty, red state Attorneys General and the Trump Administration are challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in court.

Robert Costa discusses the key races and issues that are shaping the closing days of the midterm campaign with:


Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour

Jake Sherman of POLITICO

Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, and

Carl Hulse of The Washington Post


What issues matter to you and your community this midterm election? Email your questions and comments to washingtonweek@pbs.org and it might be discussed during this week’s #WashWeek podcast.