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 unveiled The American Jobs Act to a joint session of Congress; Republican presidential hopefuls sparred in a California debate; and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted of further action to bolster the flagging U.S. economy.

President Obama outlined a $447 billion jobs program before a joint session of Congress. The President’s address was followed by news of a specific, credible but unconfirmed terrorist threat tied to the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Texas Governor Rick Perry stirred controversy in his first GOP presidential debate Wednesday by calling Social Security a ponzi scheme. A panel of journalists joins Diane to discuss the week's domestic news stories.


Chris Cillizza

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

Julie Hirschfeld Davis

congressional correspondent, Bloomberg News.

Major Garrett

congressional correspondent, National Journal.

Friday News Roundup Video

Why did Texas Governor Rick Perry get such a enthusiastic reaction when he mentioned the high number of executions in his state during the last GOP debate? He said it was because Americans recognize justice, but some were disturbed by the applause.

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