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Washington Week Season 2021 Episodes

43 Episodes 2021 -



Fri, Oct 29, 2021 27 mins

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Episode 1


Fri, Jan 1, 2021 27 mins

It's a new year and we'll soon have a new president and new Congress. President-elect Joe Biden will be under pressure from the moment he takes office, as the pandemic continues to ravage many communities and millions of Americans are unemployed in the wake of the pandemic. President Trump shows no signs of leaving quietly as he continues to attack the integrity of the election. Right now, all eyes are on Georgia's two Senate runoffs on January 5th.

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Episode 2


Fri, Jan 8, 2021 27 mins

The nation woke up this morning to the aftermath of a mob storming the U.S. Capitol incited by the president of the United States, in an attempt to disrupt the count of the Electoral College votes and certification of Joe Biden as the next president. Ultimately, the vote went on and Biden's win was certified but many in the nation, and around the world, are shaken by the images from yesterday.

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Episode 3


Fri, Jan 15, 2021 27 mins

History was made yesterday as President Donald Trump became the first president to be impeached twice. This came one week to the day after a mob of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, disrupting but not stopping the counting of the Electoral College votes that confirmed Joe Biden's victory. All eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will decide the next steps in the process and who is reportedly weighing voting to convict Trump in an impeachment trial.

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Episode 4


Fri, Jan 22, 2021 27 mins

The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a day for the history books. The ceremony was held on a site that just two weeks before, was a crime scene, under fortress-like security, with virtually no public allowed. Vice President Harris became the first woman, African American or Asian American to hold that office. In the face of virtually unprecedented division, Biden's speech called for unity.

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Episode 5


Fri, Jan 29, 2021 27 mins

300 million—that's the number of people that President Joe Biden promised to vaccinate by early fall 2021, effectively inoculating most Americans against COVID-19. But the Biden administration's aggressive plan to combat the virus faces serious hurdles, including vaccine shortages, a lack of an existing distribution plan and more contagious variants of the virus.Biden spent his first week in the Oval Office signing a slew of executive orders.

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Episode 6


Fri, Feb 5, 2021 27 mins

While the nation looks for leadership in crisis, Capitol Hill confronts the enemy within as the Republican Party is forced to grapple with its future following the end of former President Donald Trump's tenure. Republicans faced a reckoning in their ranks as more of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) incendiary comments and promotion of conspiracy theories came to light. The House will vote tonight on removing Greene from her committee assignments.

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Episode 7


Fri, Feb 12, 2021 27 mins

One year ago, the Senate voted to acquit then-President Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial. He was bolstered by Republican leadership, who rallied around him to prevent removal from office. Now Trump faces impeachment again with a much smaller group of Republicans behind him. This week, House impeachment managers crafted a searing argument in favor of conviction.

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Episode 8


Fri, Feb 19, 2021 27 mins

President Joe Biden laid down a timeline for his administration's COVID-19 response at a CNN townhall in Milwaukee Tuesday night, promising that the United States will have enough vaccines to inoculate every American by the end of July. But he also rolled back his promise to reopen schools during his first 100 days in office, saying only students in Kindergarten through 8th grade will return to the classroom.

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Episode 9


Fri, Feb 26, 2021 27 mins

Law enforcement officials faced tough questions this week from senators about the intelligence and security failures which led to the breach of the Capitol on January 6th. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is also under fire for spreading conspiracy theories. House Democrats are poised to pass President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief bill in the coming days. The package includes $1,400 payments to Americans and extends the $400 unemployment supplement, which will expire in mid-March.

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Episode 10


Sun, Feb 28, 2021 27 mins

Late Wednesday night, the House passed the "For the People Act," a sweeping reform bill, as a very divided country battles over how to vote, who gets to vote, and fair and equitable voting overall. Security officials have been on the Hill this week, facing tough questions and giving sometimes conflicting answers about the siege on January 6th. And President Joe Biden announced this week that he expects there to be enough vaccines for all American adults by the end of May.

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Episode 11


Sun, Mar 7, 2021 27 mins

A look at the COVID-19 pandemic one year in is featured.

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Episode 12


Sat, Feb 27, 2021 27 mins

A gunman killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent in and around Atlanta on Tuesday. The shootings came amid a rise in attacks against Asian Americans and as national security officials are warning about a rising domestic terror. This comes as the Biden administration faces a growing humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the Department of Homeland Security estimates it will see the highest number of migrants coming to the border in two decades.

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Episode 13


Sat, Mar 6, 2021 27 mins

President Biden gives his first press conference since taking office.

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Episode 14


Sat, Mar 13, 2021 27 mins

Coverage of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd gripped the nation this week. Washington Week will discuss the trial. President Joe Biden announced the American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion infrastructure initiative. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the plan a "Trojan horse for a massive tax increase." The administration's plan faces challenges over the suggested tax increases. And, good news and bad news on the pandemic front.

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Episode 15


Sat, Mar 20, 2021 27 mins

The battle over voting in America has been at the center of the political discussion this week. After Georgia passed a voting law last month, the state has dealt with companies speaking out and Major League Baseball moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia. Republicans condemned the actions of companies, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell telling businesses to "stay out of politics." And Democrats are looking to expand voter access with H.R. 1, to set new standards for voting laws.

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Episode 16


Sun, Apr 11, 2021 27 mins

President Joe Biden is making major foreign policy moves this week. On Wednesday, he announced the U.S. would fully withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And on Thursday, he will introduce new sanctions against Russia as retaliation for its election interference and hacking efforts. He is also set to have his first in-person bilateral meeting on Friday with the prime minister of Japan, where China is sure to be a topic.

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Episode 17


Sat, Apr 3, 2021 27 mins

Nearly a year after the killing of George Floyd sparked a national reckoning on racism in America, the country experienced a pivotal moment of accountability this week. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for kneeling on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes. It is exceedingly rare for on-duty police officers to be convicted of murder. President Joe Biden applauded the ruling.

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Episode 18


Fri, Apr 30, 2021 27 mins

"Madame Speaker. Madame Vice President. No president has ever said those words and it's about time." President Joe Biden marked the historic moment with two of the most powerful women in the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi standing on the podium behind him as he started his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday. He went on to lay out an ambitious agenda for his term with sweeping proposals and a staggering price tag.

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Episode 19


Fri, May 7, 2021 27 mins

Four months after the January insurrection, House Republicans are on the verge of ousting a member of their leadership, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Cheney has publicly called out former President Donald Trump's conduct leading up to the insurrection and repeatedly rejected falsehoods. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is pressing forward with policy and addressing the pandemic. He has set a new goal, calling for 70% of Americans to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.

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Episode 20


Fri, May 14, 2021 27 mins

House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from their leadership. Cheney reiterated her criticisms of former President Donald Trump's election lies. President Biden met with key lawmakers including both McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And after a lackluster jobs report last week and a ransomware attack on a key gas pipeline this week, the Biden administration is eager to pass a sweeping infrastructure bill.

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Episode 21


Fri, May 21, 2021 27 mins

This week we'll look at the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Thursday, Israel's security cabinet approved a ceasefire after 11 days of fighting against Hamas and as both the United Nations and President Biden have tried to mediate an end to the violence. Progressives in the Democratic Party are pushing to be more sympathetic toward the human rights of Palestinians, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introducing a Senate resolution to block a planned U.S. weapons sale to Israel.

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Episode 22


Fri, May 28, 2021 27 mins

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Episode 23


Fri, Jun 4, 2021 27 mins

The partisan battle over voting rights continues across the country with at least eighteen state legislatures currently advancing bills with tougher voting standards, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Vice President Kamala Harris is now spearheading the Biden administration's efforts to push back on Republican efforts to change voting laws, moves that critics say could make it harder for people of color to vote.

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Episode 24


Fri, Jun 11, 2021 27 mins

President Joe Biden embarked on his first trip abroad as president this week. He's in Cornwall, England for the G7 meeting. The president has big goals for the trip as he is seeking to boost America's standing in the world and rally allies around the cause of democracy ahead of a meeting next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But there are new challenges for the president as many countries are unsure of how the U.S. will move forward after four years of former President Donald Trump.

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Episode 25


Fri, Jun 18, 2021 27 mins

President Joe Biden is back in Washington after Wednesday's historic summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden pressed Putin on a range of issues, including recent ransomware cyberattacks, Russian interference in U.S. elections, human rights violations, and Ukraine's sovereignty. Stateside in Washington this week, a bipartisan group of at least 20 senators has signaled agreement to a $1 trillion compromise on infrastructure funding. And the Supreme Court issued key rulings this week.

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Episode 26


Fri, Jun 25, 2021 27 mins

Washington saw some rare cooperation across party lines this week. The White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed to a $1.2 trillion infrastructure compromise. Senators from both parties will still have to agree on the main details. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said she wants to see a broader reconciliation package introduced that will include a lot of progressive priorities before a vote on this infrastructure bill.

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Episode 27


Fri, Jul 2, 2021 27 mins

President Joe Biden is in Florida today, meeting with affected families, and state and local officials managing the search and rescue efforts after last week's collapse of an apartment building in Surfside, Florida. We'll have the latest on the developing response to this tragedy. On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her picks for the select committee meant to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. Only two Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor of the committee.

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Episode 28


Fri, Jul 9, 2021 27 mins

We'll be covering the latest fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection, as Congress is setting up a select committee. Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit this week against Facebook, Twitter and Google. Even as the U.S. is pulling out most of the last troops in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden is facing a new range of challenges abroad. And it's unclear how the U.S. will respond to instability in Haiti, where the country's president, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated

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Episode 29


Fri, Jul 16, 2021 27 mins

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Episode 30


Fri, Jul 23, 2021 27 mins

COVID-19 case numbers are surging as the Delta variant spreads. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that it was a pandemic "for those who haven't gotten a vaccination," as unvaccinated Americans make up nearly all new cases. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vetoed two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's choices for the select committee set up to investigate the attack. McCarthy responded by pulling all five of his selections.

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Episode 31


Sun, Jul 25, 2021 27 mins

On Wednesday, four police officers who protected the Capitol during the insurrection were the first witnesses to testify before the House select committee investigating January 6th. The officers shared their own experiences. President Biden is expected to introduce new guidance that will require federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to regular testing This comes on the heels of similar directives at the state and local level in places like New York and California.

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Episode 32


Fri, Aug 6, 2021 27 mins

As the Delta variant surges across the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that unless the nation gets community spread under control, the United States could see the emergence of more dangerous variants. Meanwhile, the surge in cases has led to an increased demand for first time vaccinations.

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Episode 33


Fri, Aug 13, 2021 27 mins

This week, President Biden faced foreign and domestic challenges. The Pentagon sent 3000 troops to Afghanistan to evacuate embassy staff from Kabul. Intelligence officials warned that the Taliban is advancing rapidly and the Afghan capital could fall within 90 days. Meanwhile,The Delta variant surged as schools prepared to open this week.

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Episode 34


Fri, Aug 20, 2021 27 mins

As the Taliban takes control of the country, the Washington Week panel will take an in-depth look at the chaos in Afghanistan. On Monday, President Biden stood behind his decision to withdraw American troops, blaming Afghan leaders for the fall of the democratic government. Biden and General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted that the fall of the democratic government in Kabul happened far more swiftly and violently than the United States had anticipated.

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Episode 35


Sat, Aug 14, 2021 27 mins

On Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed there were explosions outside Kabul's airport, the central hub of the evacuation, just days after the president warned of a potential terror threat from an ISIS-affiliated group. Afghan civilians and multiple U.S. service members were among the casualties. The attacks are complicating President Biden and U.S. military officials' urgent evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan. The administration said more than 95,000 people have been evacuated.

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Episode 36


Fri, Sep 3, 2021 27 mins

Host Yamiche Alcindor leads the panel discussion about the latest news from the US capital. She is joined by veteran Washington correspondents from some of the biggest media companies in America such as Courtney Kube of NBC News and Susan Page of USA Today.

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Episode 37


Fri, Sep 10, 2021 27 mins

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks tragically killed nearly 3,000 Americans, and dramatically changed life across the nation. In the days that followed, then-President George W. Bush sent a message directly to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other extremist groups. "We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbored them," In the years that followed, President Bush's promise led to two decades of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Episode 38


Fri, Sep 17, 2021 27 mins

About 700 people are expected to attend the "Justice for J6" rally on Saturday, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Former President Trump and other Republicans are not expected to attend. The U.S. Capitol Police have taken additional precautions and posted a temporary fence around the Capitol. We will have the latest from Capitol Hill on the security preparations. The panel will also discuss reporting on Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Episode 39


Fri, Sep 24, 2021 27 mins

The Biden administration faces bipartisan criticism over the treatment of Haitian migrants camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

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Episode 40


Fri, Oct 1, 2021 27 mins

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Episode 41


Fri, Oct 8, 2021 27 mins

President Biden continues to face an uphill battle to get his legislative agenda passed. He traveled beyond the beltway to Michigan this week to try and drum up support, but the real challenge is on Capitol Hill. Biden brought big bank CEOs and other business leaders to the White House on Wednesday to drive home the risk of not lifting the debt ceiling, saying Republicans are playing "Russian roulette" with the U.S. economy.

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Episode 42


Fri, Oct 15, 2021 27 mins

The Washington Week panel will look at the divisions and culture wars raging in American politics between Democrats and Republicans over January 6th and the 2020 election result mistruths pushed by former President Trump, abortion rights, and race. Trump's poll numbers are still strong while President Biden's numbers are weakening in many areas. President Biden announced steps to goose the supply chain log jam yesterday as the US economy continues to struggle to recover and inflation rises.

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