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Washington Week

Episode #4320

Moderator: Gwen Ifill. Are big changes ahead in the governing of Iraq? Ambassador Paul Bremer the civilian administrator in Baghdad, made a quick trip back to Washington earlier this week for high-level meetings at The White House. At the top of the agenda: hammering out a timeline for turning governance of Iraq back over to the Iraqis. Is an expedited hand-off in the works? Time Magazine's Michael Duffy will have a seat at the Washington Week roundtable to analyze the latest American plans for the region. Plans for a transition may be accelerating in Iraq, but congressional activity has proceeded at a particularly unhurried pace this week. Senate Republicans are staging a round-the-clock marathon of discourse to protest the Democrats' opposition to some of the president's judicial nominees. Cots were rolled into the Capitol and each party stockpiled snacks and caffeine to fortify the legislators as they pulled one of the first all-nighters in the Senate in more than a decade. Even so, both parties admit that the 30-hour " talkathon" is unlikely to yield any firm result. So what is this laborious process all about? Gebe Martinez of Congressional Quarterly has been up on the Hill watching the action unfold. She'll fill us in. The 2004 presidential election is just about a year away, and Democrats competing for their party's nomination are eager to collect a boost here or a lift there as they approach the primary season. Howard Dean was bolstered this week as two influential labor unions threw their support to his candidacy in a formal endorsement rally. What do union endorsements mean for candidates and are there other favorites of the labor community? CNBC's Gloria Borger will help sort out those questions. Howard Dean wasn't the only candidate getting good news this week: President Bush was the subject of a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released this week that included some indications of favorable public opinion of the president. The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood will break down the results of the poll as well as the latest political news. [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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