Washington Week

Friday Nights on PBS

News You Need to Know

News You Need to Know

Iran Threat Has Been Put ‘On Hold,’ Acting Defense Chief Says

May 22, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Andrew Duehren, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration said Tuesday that the threat of hostilities with Iran has receded in the face of U.S. military deployments and sought to assure lawmakers in classified briefings that a war wasn’t imminent.
News You Need to Know

McGahn fails to show at Judiciary hearing, amping up anger among House Democrats

May 21, 2019
Rachael Bade, John Wagner | The Washington Post
Former White House counsel Donald McGahn was a no-show Tuesday at a House committee hearing, infuriating Democrats who are ramping up calls to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump despite continued resistance from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
News You Need to Know

Key Democrats up the pressure on Pelosi for impeachment but she stands by go-slow approach

May 21, 2019
Manu Raju, Eli Watkins | CNN
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing pressure from within her own leadership ranks to take a more aggressive strategy toward impeachment even as Pelosi made clear that she is pursuing a deliberate approach.
News You Need to Know

Federal judge sides with Congress, ordering Trump to turn over financial records

May 21, 2019
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
A federal judge is ordering President Trump to turn over his financial records to Congress. The ruling is in response to a power play by the president to deflect investigations led by congressional Democrats.
News You Need to Know

Guatemalan teenage boy dies in U.S. Border Patrol custody

May 21, 2019
Yeganeh Torbati, Kristina Cooke | Reuters
A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died on Monday in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Texas, U.S. officials said, making him the fifth Guatemalan minor to die after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since December.
News You Need to Know

Trump officials to brief Congress on escalating tensions with Iran

May 21, 2019
Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
President Trump’s top national security advisers will meet with the full membership of the House and then the Senate on Tuesday afternoon to brief lawmakers on the administration’s escalating standoff with Iran.
News You Need to Know

Trump to Open Middle East Peace Drive With Economic Incentives

May 20, 2019
Peter Baker, Mark Landler | The New York Times
After more than two years of study and deliberation, President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have decided to take a businessman’s approach to Middle East peace: They will try to buy their way to a deal. On Sunday, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner finally opened their long-awaited drive for what the president has called “the deal of the century” by announcing that the United States would hold an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to produce strategies to invest in the Palestinians and other Arabs.
News You Need to Know

States aren’t waiting for the Trump administration on environmental protections

May 20, 2019
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
More than a dozen states are moving to strengthen environmental protections to combat a range of issues from climate change to water pollution, opening a widening rift between stringent state policies and the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.
News You Need to Know

US-China trade talks stall as Google cuts ties with Huawei

May 20, 2019
Kayla Tausche | CNBC
The standoff between the U.S. and China over trade issues is deepening. The rift is widening now to include other geopolitical issues. President Trump said in a pre-taped interview that aired on Fox News last night that he's okay, though, with the current state of play.
Subscribe to News You Need to Know