Moderator: Gwen Ifill. In just his eighth news conference since elected, President Bush made headlines this week on both domestic and foreign fronts. Before heading to Crawford, Texas, for a summer break, the president made quite clear his views on homosexual marriage, unemployment in America, and what the future of the economy looks like. Also from the Rose Garden, President Bush reacted to questions about withholding September 11 information from Saudi officials, his embattled National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and and for the first time publicly took responsibility for those regrettable words about Saddam Hussein and uranium in Africa. Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal and Alexis Simendinger of National Journal report with the latest from the White House. Also at the White House, Israel's Sharon met with President Bush on the heels of the president's meeting with Palestinian Abbas. Can peace in the Middle East be reached in two years? President Bush thinks so. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times examines the plan, the players and the prospects for peace. It may be a year away, but the buzz of 2004 election year activity is deafening inside both parties. For the Republicans, is President Bush's optimism enough to carry him to victory? And will the Democrats be prepared to pounce at the first opportunity of weakness? The Washington Post's Dan Balz reports with the latest political analysis.
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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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