Moderator: Gwen Ifill. In a surprise move that set the political world abuzz, former Vice President Al Gore this week threw his support to Howard Dean, the apparent front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Dan Balz of The Washington Post and Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine have been covering the candidates and they'll be at the Washington Week roundtable with the latest reporting on what this endorsement may mean to the campaigns, the party, and the 2004 election. Avid politicos had their eyes on the Supreme Court as well this week. The justices upheld key provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law. Linda Greenhouse, The New York Times's top reporter at the court, will analyze the issues reviewed and describe the ruling's impact on candidates and party activists. The Pentagon, too, released a closely-watched decision recently. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has announced that only members of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq will be eligible for contracts in the process of rebuilding the country. What does this mean for U.S. diplomacy abroad? Is there any impact on U.S. efforts to encourage forgiveness of Iraqi debt? Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times will sort out the issues this week on Washington Week. [26 minutes]
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