Washington Week

Washington Week

Join host Gwen Ifill and the country's top journalists for an in-depth discussion of the week's top news from Washington.


Latest Episodes

Ukraine Crisis, Defending Obamacare, Campaign Fundraising, Domestic Terrorism

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:00 EDT

The high-level talks between the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the E.U. to find a diplomatic solution in Ukraine, President Obama defends the healthcare law, the surge in political fundraising and a closer look at the two ongoing investigations into domestic terrorism. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, The New York Times; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; Matea Gold, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News.


Obama's Asia Pivot, Rand Paul's GOP Rise & Google's DC Footprint

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:00 EDT

With planned trips to Japan and South Korea, President Obama is pivoting his focus to Asia. The New York Times' Peter Baker discusses how previous trips to Asia have been sidelined. Plus, Rand Paul spoke in New Hampshire last weekend. As he competes with Ted Cruz with the GOP attention, who will win out as the 2016 primaries get closer?


Medicare Payouts to Doctors & HHS Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell's Background

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:38:00 EDT

On the Webcast Extra, which doctors make the most from Medicare? Bloomberg's Alex Wayne reports on the amount of money Medicare pays doctors. Plus, Real Clear Politics' Alexis Simendinger digs deeper into the background of Health and Human Services secretary nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell.


Sebelius Resigns, Civil Rights Summit, Income Inequality

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:37:00 EDT

The resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. What challenges will her predecessor inherit? Also, the 50th anniversary and legacy of the Civil Rights Act, the politics of income inequality, and the prospective candidacies and political dynasties of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.


Senate Pushes to Declassify CIA Torture Report

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:04:00 EDT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee are pushing to declassify a CIA report on the use of torture. And while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to attack conservative billionaires and Super PAC funders Charles and David Koch, The Washington Post's Matea Gold digs deeper into the Koch Brothers background and influence in the GOP.


Campaign Donation Limits; Healthcare Politics, Congressional Power shift

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:02:00 EDT

The Supreme Court rejected the overall limits on how much individuals can donate; the implementation and politics of the Affordable Care Act; and why two powerful GOP congressmen, Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dave Camp, have chosen not to seek re-election. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Matea Gold, The Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine.


Obama admonishes Putin, the Pope & the President, SCOTUS, Health Care Enrollment

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:01:00 EDT

Obama's efforts to rally European allies against Russia, the first-ever meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis, SCOTUS heard arguments challenging the ACA's contraception coverage provision, and healthcare signups reach 6 million. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, The New York Times; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Alex Wayne, Bloomberg News.


Same-sex coverage under Affordable Care Act & campaign finance at Supreme Court

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:00:00 EDT

On the Webcast Extra, Bloomberg's Alex Wayne discusses coverage for same-sex couples under the ACA. Plus, Reuters' Joan Biskupic discusses an upcoming SCOTUS ruling on campaign finance reform and secret recordings inside the courtroom. New York Times' Peter Baker explains Saudi Arabia's denial of a visa to a reporter covering President Obama's trip. And LA Times' Doyle McManus on GOP and Ukraine.


Democrats Rally Women & Reporting on the Ground in Ukraine

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:03:00 EDT

As the 2014 midterms approach, Democrats are rallying women voters to turnout in November. Plus, The Washington Post's Dan Balz discusses the ways campaigns are adjusting to changing TV viewing habits as more voters are skipping commercials. And TIME's Michael Crowley just returned from a trip to Ukraine and shares his photos and experience on the ground in Kiev.


Crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Foreign Policy Credentials, 2014 Midterm Election Edge

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:02:00 EDT

President Obama stepped up pressure on Russia with a second wave of sanctions and Russia responded with its own restrictions. Also, how Democrats and Republicans are strategizing to rally the base for the midterm elections with an unpopular President and Congress.


Scott Brown's Comeback, Kerry-Lavrov Relationship, Ukraine Aid Stalls

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:54:00 EDT

On the Webcast Extra, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has recently relocated to New Hampshire is planning a challenge to incumbent Sen. Jean Shaheen. After six hours of meetings with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Secretary of State John Kerry's relationship is dissected by Bloomberg's Indira Lakshamanan. And an aid package for Ukraine has stalled in Congress.


Russia-Ukraine Standoff, Feinstein vs CIA and Florida's Special Election Review

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:52:00 EDT

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister visits the White House and Crimea referendum, CIA accused of spying on Senate intelligence committee, and the Republican party wins Florida congressional seat in special election. Joining Amy Walter of Cook Political Report: Susan Davis, USA Today; Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News.


Domestic and International Politics Surrounding Ukraine

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:06:00 EDT

On the Webcast Extra, CNN's Gloria Borger examines the Republican response to President Obama's handling of the crisis in Ukraine and his talks with Russia's Putin. Plus, The New York Times' Peter Baker and LA Times' Doyle McManus look at the international reaction to Russia's actions. Is Putin just misunderstood? And Gwen Ifill asks, "Who has the most thankless task dealing with Ukraine?"


Tensions Escalate in Ukraine and Republicans Gather at CPAC

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:04:00 EDT

The U.S. is ramping up pressure on Russia to de-escalate the tensions in Ukraine by imposing sanctions and visa restrictions. NY Times' Peter Baker and LA Times' Doyle McManus report on the latest developments. Plus, Republicans, including many 2016 presidential hopefuls, gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference to hone their message ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.


Lawmakers & Shutdown Pay, Fixing Healthcare.gov, & Inside the Supreme Court

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:56:00 EDT

In the Webcast Extra, The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe looked back at the lawmakers who pledged to donate their pay earned during October's government shutdown. How many members of Congress kept their pledge? Plus, TIME's Michael Scherer offers an inside look into the team that was brought in to fix healthcare.gov after its rocky rollout.


Ukraine Uprising, Equal Rights for LGBT community, My Brother's Keeper

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:55:00 EDT

The aftermath of the revolution in Ukraine, the defeat of an Arizona bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gay people on religious grounds, Rep. John Dingell's retirement, and the launch of 'My Brother's Keeper'. Joining Gwen: Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; Michael Sherer, TIME Magazine; and Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News.


Bringing Sexy Back to the 2014 Midterms

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:15:00 EDT

On the Webcast Extra, with the nation's governors in Washington, DC, President Obama hopes to shift focus from national races and issues to the states. But in Wisconsin, investigations into Republican Gov. Scott Walker's first campaign continue. And in Vienna this week talks and negotiations about Iran's nuclear weapons program kicked off.


Ukraine Erupts, Minimum Wage, 2014 Election Spending & Races To Watch

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:15:00 EDT

Ukraine violence tests U.S.-Russia relations, CBO report on minimum wage, political action money during election season and Mitch McConnell's bid for re-election as part of the 2014 races to watch. Joining Gwen: David Sanger, The New York Times; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report; Greg Ip, Economist.