Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

Neporsha Hamlin, center, of Madison, Wis, protests the governor's budget bill at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. The Wisconsin governor, elected in November's GOP wave that also gave control of the state Assembly and Senate to Republicans, set off the protests earlier this week by pushing ahead with a measure that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.  - AP Photo/Andy Manis

Neporsha Hamlin, center, of Madison, Wis, protests the governor's budget bill at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. The Wisconsin governor, elected in November's GOP wave that also gave control of the state Assembly and Senate to Republicans, set off the protests earlier this week by pushing ahead with a measure that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.

AP Photo/Andy Manis

Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

The Obama administration says it will no longer defend the federal law that bans same-sex marriage. House Republicans propose a plan to avoid a government shutdown. And Wisconsin’s fight over collective bargaining expands to other...

The Obama administration says it will no longer defend the federal law that bans same-sex marriage. House Republicans propose a plan to avoid a government shutdown. And Wisconsin’s fight over collective bargaining expands to other states. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Guests

Major Garrett

congressional correspondent, National Journal.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg

White House correspondent, The New York Times.

Chris Cillizza

author of The Fix, a Washington Post politics blog, and managing editor of PostPolitics.com.

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The panelists discuss the ongoing tensions between public employees in Wisconsin and Gov. Scott Walker (R) over the governor's proposal to cut pay and benefits and strip unions of their collective bargaining rights in the state. The "budget math" clearly shows that the issue of collective bargaining is "unrelated" to the state's deficit, said Major Garrett. The panelists also agreed that the governor's statements during a prank phone call this week were damaging, but not likely to be career-ending:

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