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Washington Week full episode, August 5, 2022

August 5, 2022
President Biden hails robust job numbers as a hallmark of his domestic agenda moves closer to passage. Also, key primary elections send signals about abortion access and election deniers seeking office. Join moderator Leigh Ann Caldwell, Carl Hulse of The New York Times, Asma Khalid of NPR and Ashley Parker of The Washington Post as they discuss these stories and more.
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Lessons learned from this week’s primaries and implications for November elections

August 5, 2022
Primary elections this week held vast implications for November. Voters in conservative Kansas overwhelmingly chose to protect abortion access in the state's constitution. And in the battleground states of Michigan and Arizona, multiple Republican primary candidates were victorious after amplifying former President Trump's false claims that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate.
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Biden on the brink of a big legislative win as Dems close in on climate, health bill

August 5, 2022
It’s been a successful week for President Biden after a U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaida's top leader, and with celebrations on the CHIPS and PACT acts and job numbers exceeding expectations and calming recession fears. But he is also one step closer to reaching a landmark achievement on a bill tackling climate, health care and taxes -- legislation Republicans oppose but have no path to block.

Washington Week full episode, July 29, 2022

July 29, 2022
Democrats and Republicans battle as the economy shrinks for the second time this year, President Biden scores key legislative victories, and the Justice Department investigates former President Trump. Jonathan Lemire of POLITICO, Ayesha Rascoe of NPR, Amara Omeokwe of The Wall Street Journal and John Bresnahan of Punchbowl News join moderator Yamiche Alcindor to discuss these stories and more.
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Democrats strike deal on climate change and health care

July 29, 2022
The range of President Biden’s political fortunes this week was on full display. While the president dealt with grim economic reports that showed a slowing economy for a second straight quarter, he was also handed key legislative victories that included a reversal by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who backed a $739 billion deal to tackle climate change, health care costs and other initiatives.
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Justice Department investigates Trump as part of a criminal probe

July 29, 2022
The Jan. 6 committee's public hearings may be on hiatus but new details about their investigation continue to emerge. On Monday, video of unseen testimony from former President Trump's inner circle revealed more about his actions in the days around the Capitol attack. This came as Trump continued perpetuating the lie that the 2020 election was stolen amid a Justice Department probe.
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‘The Big Lie' explores Trump's denial of 2020 election results

July 29, 2022
There were several notable developments this week related to the Jan. 6 investigation and former President Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Jonathan Lemire, POLITICO's White House bureau chief and host of MSNBC's "Way Too Early," takes a look into those topics in his new book, “The Big Lie." He joins Yamiche Alcindor for our Washington Week Extra.
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LIVE: Watch the #WashWeekPBS Full Show and Extra livestream here

July 22, 2022
You can stream the #WashWeek full show and Extra on our website and several other social media platforms.
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Jan. 6 committee hones in on Trump's inaction during Capitol attack

July 22, 2022
The Jan. 6 panel centered much of Thursday's public hearing on the 187 minutes it took former President Trump to tell his supporters to go home after a violent mob broke into the Capitol. According to the committee, Trump chose not to act as part of a deliberate plan to delay certifying the vote and only told the rioters to leave after it was clear to him that they failed to stop the proceedings.