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  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.22.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump say no to taking on Pres. Barack Obama in 2012. Newt Gingrich puts both feet in his mouth and twists himself into a pretzel, trying to get them out again. And Pres. Obama’s idea...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.15.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: 16 months out, Pres. Barack Obama is far ahead of GOP presidential hopefuls. Will it last to November 2012? The Black Caucus talks jobs with the President, and Sarah Palin keeps targeting the President by mak...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.08.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: the commander in chief, Pres. Barack Obama, gives the order to capture or kill America’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. He is now dead. April employment report shows big growth, but a slight uptick in...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.01.11 [Transcript]

    Pres. Barack Obama releases his long-form birth certificate to try [to] stop the nutty birthers. Will it work? So, right-wing “carnival barkers” move on to try and discredit his religion and his college grades. Wow. What’s next? Back in the ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 04.24.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda: the year 2042, the year America becomes a minority majority country. African-Americans and Latinos will be the two largest minority groups, and can they cooperate to their mutual benefit? Or, will they compete over scarce ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 04.10.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda: is the Tea Party controlling the GOP and the national agenda? Pres. Barack Obama announces his reelection campaign, but Donald Trump wants to stay to him, “You’re fired.” Our “Washington Watch” newsmaker, Califo...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 04.03.11 [Transcript]

    We’re sailing the high seas of the Tom Joyner “Fantastic Voyage Cruise 2011.” The man with the plan and the purpose behind the party, Tom Joyner, talks about helping HBCUs educate and uplift our community. Watch the fastest woman in the worl...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.27.11 [Transcript]

    Black Hollywood tops our agenda this week. Roland Martin talkes with actresses Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tichina Arnold, Tasha Smith, and fashion designer Anthony Mark Hankins about the image of African-American women in Hollywood. Plus, actresses Sa...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.20.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda: the tragic earthquake in Japan touches the world. The nuclear disaster in Japan terrifies the world. Could it happen here? Another last-minute budget extension keeps the government running through April 8th, but all sides...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.13.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, balancing the budget. Big-city workers turn to workers, police and the poor. Is there a better way? Did Republicans in Wisconsin, who destroyed union rights, give the Democrats nationwide a big gift for 2012? ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.06.11 [Transcript]

    Back in L.A. as the NAACP rolled out the red carpet to honor outstanding African-Americans for their contributions and achievements at the 42nd Annual Image Awards. He’s advised presidents and commanded the nation’s troops. My exclusive and ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 01.30.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, Pres. Barack Obama scores high on his State of the Union address. Now comes the hard part: how to get moving on the road ahead. Most Americans agree with the President about the need to cut spending, but are not wi...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 01.23.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, it’s an all-out attack by House Republicans on Pres. Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. This week’s vote to repeal is only their first step. The President’s poll numbers rebound in the wake of his succe...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 01.16.11 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, Pres. Barack Obama delivers a powerful and spiritual message of healing at the memorial service for the victims of the Arizona shooting. In an atmosphere of heated language and blame, the Pres. calls for civility...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 01.09.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, House Speaker John Boehner takes the helm and lays down the law. First order of business: repeal Pres. Barack Obama’s healthcare plan. Plus, new hope of continued economic recovery, thanks to 100,000 new jobs las...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 12.26.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: a look back on the stories that made 2010 a political year to remember. We’re revisiting everything from the landmark healthcare reform passage to the “shellacking” of the Democrats. Joining me for that ro...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 12.19.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: the President’s tax compromise bill passes easily in the Senate, and with much drama in the House – but it passed, and he signed it. Plus, the lame-duck Congress moves forward. That’s right – forward – on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and much more. And will there be civil war in both the Democratic and Republican parties?

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 12.12.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: is President Barack Obama’s tax compromise with congressional Republicans the right thing for the economy? House Democrats are flexing some muscle, and it’s not against Republicans. They are taking on Pres. ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 12.05.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, the GOP’s game plan this time around: “Say no, plain and simple, to everything.” Can Pres. Obama fight back? The President is playing bipartisanship on the Bush tax cuts. Is the GOP straight-up playing the Pr...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 11.28.10 [Transcript]

    On this week’s “Washington Watch,” actor Wendell Pierce may be playing his greatest role yet. He’s helping to rebuild his native home of New Orleans and using green energy to do it. We’ll take you there. Plus, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien t...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 11.21.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, New York Congressman Charles Rangel gets a major smackdown from the House Ethics Committee. Is Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele a “dead man walking”? Plus, the Democrats got severely whu...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 11.14.10 [Transcript]

    Pres. Barack Obama returns from Asia to face lots of fighting in D.C. The Tea Party versus the GOP leadership, and Democrats versus Democrats versus the White House. The lame duck Congress takes on the Bush tax cuts. Is the White House caving to R...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 11.07.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, what in the world happened to Democrats? Pres. Barack Obama and his Democratic Party got a serious beat-down on Tuesday. We’ll discuss why. Can the President, should the President, chance course? And if so, how...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 10.31.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, the countdown to the midterms is on as candidates make last-ditch efforts to get out the vote. Who’s telling the truth about the Florida senate race? Is it Cong. Kendrick Meek, former president Bill Clinton, o...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 10.24.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week: are you serious? The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked Anita Hill to apologize for accusing the then Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment 19 years later. Polls and pundits are predicting ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 10.17.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, with the midterm elections two weeks away, embattled Democrats turn to First Lady Michelle Obama to shore up a despondent political base. Black voters have more juice than they may know. Look at how we can shape th...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 10.10.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, bittersweet news on jobs. Fewer folks are filing for unemployment. That’s the sweet part. The bitter? Companies still aren’t hiring enough folks to stimulate the stalled economy. And wealthy backers, corpora...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 10.03.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, education is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. The challenge is getting all the stakeholders – educators, unions, parents and politicians – on the right path to save our children. Pres. Obama’s c...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 09.26.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, a lawsuit charges that mega church preacher Bishop Eddie L. Long coerced several men into sex. Republicans unveil their “Pledge to America.” It’s what they say they will do if they take control of Congress...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 09.19.10 [Transcript]

    The midterm election game is on, but is the Tea Party brewing trouble for the Republican Party? Speaking of trouble, what about Democrats? Do they stand a chance of losing the House and the Senate, making it difficult to pass the priorities of Pres. ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 09.19.10 [Transcript]

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 06.27.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal talks trash about the President, and the President fires him. With Gen. David Petraeus slated to take over, what is the right way forward in Afghanistan? In making this...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 06.20.10 [Transcript]

    The oil spill in the Gulf dominates our agenda this week. The White House forces BP to put up $20 billion to make it right. Some Republicans were outraged – until they weren’t. The President addresses the nation from the Oval Office in an attempt...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 06.13.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, weak job growth, down stock market. How much more pain in the economy? Oil in the Gulf. Environmental and political problems continue to spread for the White House. Plus, what do this week’s primary electio...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 06.06.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, the unemployment rate for African-Americans falls, but it’s still nearly twice that of Whites. What more can be done?  A black politician in the South runs away from Black support and gets clobbered.  The Pr...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.30.10 [Transcript]

    On this special edition of “Washington Watch,” the woman behind a $75 million program to end institutional racism, Dr. Gail Christopher; Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, with author Dr. Peniel Joseph. From the heig...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.23.10 [Transcript] 2010 Fantastic Voyage

    On our agenda this week, making relationships work with Tyrese Gibson and Omarosa; then changing face of the Black church with Dr. Bobby Jones, host of “Bobby Jones’ Gospel”; Christopher “Play” Martin of Kid ‘n’ Play; and, of course,...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.16.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, Solicitor General Elena Kagan is nominated for the Supreme Court – but was there ever serious consideration for an African-American woman? How fair was the President’s selection process? And a fight breaks out ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.09.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, a fourth straight month of strong job creation, but is it reaching the African-American community? A new crop of African-Americans are running as Republicans for office. Will it divide the Black vote? And what can ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 05.02.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, after days of blocking debate on financial reform, Senate Republicans give up. Now the hard work of getting a good bill begins. The GOP says Democrats and the President are playing the race card to gain votes in ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 04.25.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, President Barack Obama tackles financial reform. Can Wall Street and the GOP stop him? Who will be the President’s next Supreme Court nominee? Liberal? Centrist? Woman? African- American? The pressure’s on fr...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, Philadelphia Edition, 04.11.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of our agenda this week, with the announcement that Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring, will we see a second African-American on the Supreme Court? Virginia governor Bob McDonnell declares April Confederate History Month, and he forge...

  • Special Hollywood edition of “Washington Watch”, 04.04.10 [Transcript]

    Special Hollywood edition of “Washington Watch” featuring Mario Van Peebles, who directed “New Jack City”;Antoine Fuqua, director of “Training Day” and “Brooklyn’s Finest”; plus Will Packer, producer of “Stomp the Yard” and co-f...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.28.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of the agenda this week: President Barack Obama’s come-from-behind victory on healthcare; the racial taunts and threats of violence over healthcare continue; and how the Census, happening right now, can shape our communities for decade...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.21.10 [Transcript]

    At the top of the agenda this week, the talk is over. The House vote for healthcare is not. Will healthcare become a reality, or will the President be dealt a huge blow? They’ve trained generations of Black professionals, but can historically Bl...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.14.10 [Transcript]

    MR. ROLAND MARTIN: At the top of our agenda this week, Democrats in the Senate unveil new legislation to rein in the risky banking practices that caused the financial collapse – but will it protect us? Democrats eliminate a Republican filibuster as...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 03.07.10 [Transcript]

    MR. ROLAND MARTIN: At the top of our agenda this week: can the Democrats stick together and flex the political muscle needed to finally pass healthcare reform? Not everyone is feeling President Barack Obama’s plan to make college more affordable ...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, Georgia Congressman Tom Price and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings 02.21.10 [Transcript]

    MR. ROLAND MARTIN:  Folks, we welcome to “Washington Watch” Georgia Congressman Tom Price and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings. Gentlemen, welcome to the show. REP. TOM PRICE: Thanks, Roland. REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS: Good to be with yo...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, Sec. Arne Duncan 01.31.10 [Transcript]

    MR. ROLAND MARTIN:  Folks, we’re now joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan here on “Washington Watch.” Welcome to the show. SEC’Y. ARNE DUNCAN:  Thanks so much for having me.  I appreciate – MR. MARTIN:  All right. SEC...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 01.24.10 [Transcript]

    DOWNLOAD Transcript | Show Airing Jan. 24, 2010 MR. ROLAND MARTIN: At the top of our agenda this week: the upset victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts forces a major shift in President Barack Obama’s agenda and political strategy; an...

  • Washington Watch w/Roland Martin, 01.17.10 [Transcript]

    MR. ROLAND MARTIN: At the top of our agenda this week: the search is on for survivors of Haiti’s massive earthquake, expected to claim tens of thousands of lives. Plus, President Barack Obama is front and center on directing the U.S. response, a...

  • “Washington Watch” w/Roland Martin, Show 01.08.10 [Transcript]

    “Washington Watch” newsmakers this week: Austan Goolsbee, Chief Economist of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Also joining us, Mississippi congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the House. With our “Washington Watch” panel: Armstrong Williams, syndicated TV and radio host of “The Right Side”; Deborah Mathis, former White House correspondent and BlackAmericaWeb.com contributor; Ana Marie Cox, national correspondent for Air America Radio; and Robert Traynham, host of “Roll Call TV” on the Comcast Network.

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