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Washington Week

Episode #4308

Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Terrorists struck civilian targets in both Iraq and Israel this week, rattling hopes for peace and security in the region. While the Bush administration tries to draw additional nations into the peacekeeping efforts in Iraq, officials in Baghdad look for an end to the continuing attacks on military---and now civilian---personnel on the ground. Security is elusive this week in Israel as well. Despite high hopes for successful implementation of the latest peace plan for the region, a suicide bomber killed twenty people on a bus in Jerusalem this week. What will the attack mean for President Bush's involvement in the peace process? Martha Raddatz of ABC News and Bob Drogin of the Los Angeles Times discuss the consequences of these attacks. Attorney General John Ashcroft is enlisted in the fight on terror. He's been traveling the country to bolster support for the anti-terror law called the Patriot Act. The law is already on the books, so what' s behind the attorney general's road tour? Gloria Borger of CNBC and US News & World Report considers the controversies surrounding the law and sizes up Ashcroft's promotional campaign. The California gubernatorial recall campaigns march on, to the tune of several millions of dollars. It turns out the long the list of candidates and the punch card ballots aren't the only things complicating this peculiar election. The Wall Street Journal's Jeanne Cummings joins the roundtable to explain the financial component of the wild political story we've all been watching.
[26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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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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