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The Final Debate Before Election Day

October 23, 2020
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sparred on stage at the final presidential debate on Thursday. The panel discussed the debate as well as the latest news from the campaign trail and Congress as more voters cast their ballots and Election Day draws nearer.

President Donald Trump & Joe Biden Host Dueling Town Halls

October 16, 2020
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling town hall events Thursday night in place of a scheduled presidential debate. And on Capitol Hill, senators questioned Amy Coney Barrett ahead of a potential confirmation vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.

President Trump’s Health & the Vice-Presidential Debate

October 9, 2020
President Trump is back in the White House after three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. As stimulus negotiations sputter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a commission to study the 25th Amendment and presidential fitness. And in the vice-presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris sparred over COVID-19, the Supreme Court and racial justice issues.

President Trump tests positive for COVID-19

October 2, 2020
President Trump has been taken to Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19. The panel discussed the implications of this development on national security and the election.

The Senate prepares for a confirmation fight as the nation remembers Justice Ginsburg

September 25, 2020
Washington Week remembers Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discusses the implications of a confirmation fight just weeks before the 2020 election. And President Trump prepares to announce his selection to fill Ginsburg’s seat.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Legacy

September 18, 2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 after battling pancreatic cancer. The panel discussed Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and the consequences her death may have for the 2020 presidential election, as well as previewing a potential battle over a future Supreme Court nominee. Bob Woodward, author of the new book “Rage,” also discussed previously unreleased audio of President Trump assessing his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What the President Knew

September 11, 2020
The panel discussed the how the bombshell revelations in “Rage,” Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration, will affect the 2020 campaign. President Trump told Woodward in February that COVID-19 is more deadly than the flu but has publicly downplayed the seriousness of the virus.

American Carnage and American Character

September 4, 2020
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin this week after protests and violence roiled the quiet Midwest city in an important swing state. And President Trump responded to reporting from The Atlantic that he called Americans who died in combat “losers” and “suckers.” The panel discussed the latest from Washington and the campaign trail.

What you need to know about the Republican National Convention

August 28, 2020
Republicans wrapped their unconventional convention on Thursday, with President Trump pummeling Democrats and presenting himself as the defender of American values. The panel discussed how the convention shattered long-standing norms, as the president used the White House as a political stage. And protests unfolded in Kenosha, WI and around the country after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Amna Nawaz guest hosts.