Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Pressure is rising on the government in Iran. The international community suspects Iran of concealing a nuclear weapons program, and some are calling for inspections. At the same time, student protests in Tehran have drawn the approval of President Bush. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times analyzes the developments. Closed hearings began this week on Capitol Hill to examine pre-war intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Some senators are concerned that assessments of Iraq's threat to the U.S. may have been exaggerated or otherwise inaccurate. Michael Duffy of Time Magazine describes the controversy. John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal has a wrap-up of the week's political news, and there' s plenty to discuss. The president's lucrative fundraiser, more debate on Medicare, and the latest on the Democratic presidential candidates: it's all on the table. The economy is sure to be one major political issue right up through the next election. On the eve of a possible cut in interest rates, the president was way outside the beltway to convince voters that he is ably steering the U.S. to an economic recovery. Jeffrey Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine sizes up the situation. [26 minutes]
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Series Description: WASHINGTON WEEK, PBS' longest-running public affairs series, features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans. Gwen Ifill hosts.
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