Moderator: Gwen Ifill. On this Independence Day, "Washington Week" takes a close look at how Americans currently define themselves and the associated politics of patriotism. This theme show, "Defining America," closely examines the issues central to democracy and what makes America both the envy of the free world, and a target of criticism and sometimes violence. The Washington Post's David Broder takes a critical look at America and its leadership. Particularly, as we head into the next presidential-election cycle, leadership on domestic and foreign policy issues will drive the choice in 2004. David Sanger of The New York Times takes us through the global politics that America faces today -- politics that define America's new and constantly changing role in the world. And, close to all Americans: the pocketbook. With unemployment at a new high, a stumbling jobless recovery, and varying ideas about tax relief, FORTUNE Magazine's Jeff Birnbaum helps us understand the present and future of Americans and the economy. Finally, liberty and the courts is the subject that USA TODAY's Joan Biskupic brings to tonight's discussion, as the Supreme Court -- and lower courts --continue to define some of the most important social parameters of the day. [26 minutes]
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