Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

More warnings about the U. S. debt ceiling limit. The Senate clears the way for on a cap for debit card fees. And GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney is in the hot seat on climate change. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Budget talks led by Vice President Biden continued on Capitol Hill. Both sides are focused on avoiding what the Obama administration warned would be a first-ever default on U. S. debt. Newt Gingrich said he’s still in the 2012 presidential race after an exodus of his top campaign aides. Mitt Romney’s staff said the former Massachusetts’s governor will skip the Ames, Iowa straw poll. Leon Panetta’s appointment as the new Secretary of Defense appeared on track after his confirmation hearing. And a massive Arizona wildfire continues to blaze. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


David Corn

Washington bureau chief, "Mother Jones" magazine; author of several books, most recently, "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War."

Karen Tumulty

national political reporter, The Washington Post.

Mark Tapscott

editorial page editor, The Washington Examiner.

Friday News Roundup Extra

The panelists talk about whether or not Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY, 9th District) can survive the scandal surrounding lewd pictures of himself that he sent to women via Twitter. "Any time sex enters the public discourse, hypocrisy is about a nano-second behind," said Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, referring to Congressional Republicans involved in recent similar scandals who are still in office. But The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty said the fact that former Rep. Chris Lee, a Republican from New York, resigned immediately after shirtless photos of him surfaced on the web back in February makes it more difficult for Rep. Weiner to keep his seat:

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