Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, reaches out to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, to celebrate as members of the bi-partisan House and Senate conferees on the payroll tax cut extension signed the compromise agreement.  - (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, reaches out to Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, to celebrate as members of the bi-partisan House and Senate conferees on the payroll tax cut extension signed the compromise agreement.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Congress reached agreement Wednesday on a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension; Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum opened a surprising lead in Gov. Mitt Romney's home state of Michigan; and new housing starts rose by a higher-than-expected 1.5% in January. John Dickerson of Slate.com, Susan Page of USA Today and Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Congressional lawmakers debated mandated coverage of contraceptives in the health care law. Several Democrats walked out of a hearing on the provision in the House of Representatives. Congress moved closer to ending the fight over the payroll tax cut exemption. The House and Senate are expected to vote today on the $143 billion dollar package. With a narrow lead in Michigan, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum defended his opposition to the auto industry bailout. And more good news on the economy as housing starts rose last month. John Dickerson of Slate.com, Susan Page of USA Today and Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Guests

Susan Page

Washington bureau chief for USA Today.

Jerry Seib

Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal.

John Dickerson

chief political correspondent for Slate.com and CBS political analyst and contributor. Author of "On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News' First Woman Star."

Friday News Roundup Video

The panelists discuss the ongoing debate on mandating health care coverage for contraceptives in relation to religious organizations and employers:

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