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Washington Week

Episode #4309

Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Despite the difficulties encountered in maintaining security and rebuilding infrastructure, President Bush is staying the course in Iraq and still defending his Iraq policy. But are changes ahead? Can Americans expect an increased international role in the war? And do Americans think the president's chosen strategy is on the right track for Middle East peace? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times analyzes these issues. For months, the Democrats running for their party's presidential nomination have been out on the hustings promoting their own policy prescriptions -- both foreign and domestic --but really, they're just getting started. Labor Day marks the starting line for the candidates who are gearing up for a vigorous race to the November 2004 finish. Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine tells the roundtable how the competitors are looking as the pre-season campaigning winds down and the real competition is about to begin. In accordance with court decisions but despite impassioned protests, a controversial monument to the Ten Commandments was removed from an Alabama courthouse this week. It was an emotional scene that left opponents of the decision committed to winning back the statue in court challenges. Joan Biskupic of USA Today is at the table to break down the political and legal issues surrounding this episode. And Washington Week will look back on a turning point in American history this week and reflect on the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Lynette Clemetson of The New York Times joins the panel this week to explore the legacy of the civil rights movement. [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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