World leaders react to a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Pakistan buries victims of a school massacre by the Taliban. And U.S. officials say North Korea is behind the hacking of Sony Pictures. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Linda Chavez, George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, this week withdrew herself from consideration amid questions about an illegal immigrant who lived in her home. Other nominees, like Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft, face ideological opposition. Diane and her guests discuss the President-elect’s cabinet picks – how they were chosen and how they’ll weather the confirmation process.
- Thomas Edsall covered national politics for the "Washington Post" from 2001 to 2006, now a special correspondent for "The New Republic."
- Ralph Neas chief executive, National Coalition on Health Care
- David Keene chairman of the American Conservative Union and managing associate with Carmen Group, a D.C.-based governmental-affairs firm
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