Russia denies the U.S. claim that cruise missiles aimed at Syria hit Iran. Doctors Without Borders demands an independent inquiry on the Afghanistan hospital bombing. And a group of four Tunisian organizations wins the Nobel Peace Prize. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
The Friday News Roundup. B.P. attempts to cap its leaking oil well. The president announces a moratorium on deep water drilling. And the Senate takes up the future of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.
- Susan Page Washington bureau chief for "USA Today."
- Sheryl Gay Stolberg White House correspondent, "The New York Times."
- Juan Williams NPR news analyst, FOX News political analyst, and author of numerous books, including "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It."
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The panelists discuss this week’s vote in the House of Representatives to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” what may be ahead for the Senate vote; and how attitudes towards gays in the military have changed since the early days of the Clinton administration:
Critics of the Obama administration this week mounted allegations that the White House had approached Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa, 7th District), who beat Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa) earlier this month in Pennsylvania’s primary election with a job offer in the administration if he chose not to run against Specter. The White House has denied any wrongdoing; today new reports emerged that the White House may have asked former President Bill Clinton to intervene with Sestak prior to the primary:
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