Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories: President Obama appointed a labor economist to replace Austan Goolsbee ahead of next week's address to Congress on jobs; GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman unveiled his jobs plan; and several states tried to recover from one of the top ten natural disasters in U.S. history.

Employers failed to add jobs last month for the first time in a year. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1 percent. The news comes as President Obama puts the finishing touches on his job-creation strategy. His much-debated launch of the plan can’t come too soon. Polls show the public believes G.O.P. candidate Mitt Romney would handle the economy better than the president. A veteran Senate Republican staffer is chosen to head the new deficit-reduction committee. And residents along the East Coast cope with the lingering effects of Hurricane Irene.


Michael Scherer

White House correspondent, Time magazine.

Jeanne Cummings

deputy government editor, Bloomberg News.

David Welna

congressional correspondent, NPR.

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The panelists respond to some listener questions from Facebook and Twitter which posit that President Obama has not been bold enough in pushing his agenda. Time Magazine's Michael Scherer also talks about White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley's invitation to presidential historian Michael Beschloss for Bescholss to speak to administration staff about past presidents that have won re-election despite high unemployment rates:

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