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How separating children from families became part of Trump's immigration policy

August 12, 2022
An 18-month investigation into the Trump administration’s traumatizing policy of family separation at the U.S. border has been published in The Atlantic. Reporter Caitlin Dickerson, who covered the story, joins Yamiche Alcindor to discuss.
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Trump faces multiple legal challenges as he weighs a run for the presidency

August 12, 2022
It has been an extraordinary week of legal challenges for former President Trump. The FBI executed a search warrant of his Mar-a-Lago estate that was unsealed Friday, indicating he is under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act. Plus, Trump also pleaded the fifth in a separate probe on his real estate dealings as he weighs another run for the presidency.
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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.
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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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Biden tests positive for COVID-19 as his approval rating reaches new low

July 22, 2022
President Biden this week tested positive for COVID-19, but he is experiencing mild symptoms and is working in quarantine from his residence. At age 79, the president is at a high risk for severe illness though he is vaccinated and twice boosted. This comes as the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll shows his approval rating at the lowest point in his presidency.
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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.