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Washington Week

Episode #4321

Moderator: Gwen Ifill. President Bush was in the U.K. tending to a valuable alliance in the war on terror when a deadly attack killed more than two dozen people at British sites in Turkey. President Bush remains committed to the war in Iraq, but what risks confront the nations that ally with the United States in this fight? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will analyze the latest developments. Closer to home, Congress is nearing final action on a plan to provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare recipients. The AARP has thrown its weight behind the latest incarnation of the bill; some key senators insist the proposed coverage is inadequate; and the candidates running for the presidency are staking out their own positions on the issue with careful attention to the impressions of American seniors, a powerful voting bloc. The Washington Post's Ceci Connolly has been following this complex story and will be at the Washington Week roundtable to sort out the issues in play. Congress and the president hope to deliver soon on another long-term promise: a wide-ranging energy bill. The legislation seems to have a little something for everyone, but especially in the Senate, not everyone is pleased. Regional interests seem to be trumping political ones as legislators near a final agreement on such matters as ethanol production, domestic fuel sources and electrical grid dependability. Jeffrey Birnbaum of Fortune Magazine will fill us in on what's in the bill and how it reached its final form. Politicians and pundits were energized over some groundbreaking news coming from the Massachusetts Supreme Court earlier this week: a decision affirming the right of gays to marry. Some say this issue will become a divisive one in American culture and could have broad political implications. Anne Kornblut of The Boston Globe will join the panel to consider the decision.
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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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