Washington Week

Friday Nights on PBS

2020 Election

News You Need to Know

Mail Delays Fuel Concern Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead of Voting

August 1, 2020
Michael Shear, Hailey Fuchs, Kenneth Vogel | The New York Times
Welcome to the next election battleground: the post office. President Trump’s yearslong assault on the Postal Service and his increasingly dire warnings about the dangers of voting by mail are colliding as the presidential campaign enters its final months. The result has been to generate new concerns about how he could influence an election conducted during a pandemic in which greater-than-ever numbers of voters will submit their ballots by mail.
News You Need to Know

As convention approaches, who will join Biden on Democratic ticket?

August 1, 2020
Lisa Desjardins | PBS NewsHour
As the coronavirus continues to rage, logistical questions remain about August’s scaled-back and mostly virtual Democratic National Convention. But the biggest unknown is who will share the stage with former Vice President Joe Biden when he accepts his party’s 2020 nomination.

“The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency”

July 31, 2020
On the Washington Week Extra, 60 Minutes Correspondent John Dickerson discusses his latest book, “The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.”

President Trump stokes fears about election security

July 31, 2020
Postponing election day, as suggested by President Trump Thursday, cannot be done without an act of Congress. But is this very suggestion a threat to democracy? The panel discussed the latest from the 2020 campaign and Capitol Hill, as the economy suffers a record drop and Congress fails to extend the $600 unemployment benefit.
News You Need to Know

Trump Plays on Racist Fears of Terrorized Suburbs to Court White Voters

July 30, 2020
Annie Karni, Maggie Haberman, Sydney Ember | The New York Times
President Trump vowed on Wednesday to protect suburbanites from low-income housing being built in their neighborhoods, making an appeal to white suburban voters by trying to stir up racist fears about affordable housing and the people who live there.
News You Need to Know

Barr says he won’t wait until after election to reveal Durham’s findings. Democrats fear a campaign-altering surprise.

July 30, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Matt Zapotosky | The Washington Post
Attorney General William P. Barr reiterated this week that he will not wait until after November’s election to release whatever U.S. Attorney John Durham finds in his examination of the FBI’s 2016 investigation into President Trump’s campaign, raising fears among Democrats that Barr and Durham could upend the presidential race with a late revelation.
News You Need to Know

Trump cancels Florida convention as his poll numbers sink

July 25, 2020
Kaitlan Collins | CNN
President Donald Trump decided to cancel the Republican National Convention activities in Jacksonville, Florida. The President cited health concerns about having massive gatherings despite still pushing for schools to reopen.

President Trump orders federal agents into cities as COVID-19 deaths rise

July 24, 2020
President Trump’s plan to send thousands of federal officers into cities sparked outrage as the number of Americans who have tested positive for COVID-19 passed 4 million this week.
News You Need to Know

Trump’s assault on election integrity forces question: What would happen if he refused to accept a loss?

July 23, 2020
Robert Costa, Elise Viebeck | The Washington Post
With less than four months before the election, President Trump’s escalating attacks on the security of mail-in ballots and his refusal again this week to reassure the country that he would abide by the voters’ will have added urgency to long-simmering concerns among scholars and his critics about the lengths he could go to hold on to power.
Subscribe to 2020 Election