Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage based on religious objections; the Federal Reserve sounded a cautious note on the economy despite positive growth in 2012; and moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe announced plans to retire, citing unyielding partisanship in the Senate. Naftali Bendavid of The Wall Street Journal, Shawna Thomas of NBC News and David Welna of NPR join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The Senate rejected an effort to let employers deny health-care coverage on religious grounds. Senator Olympia Snowe was the only Republican to vote against the measure. The Maine centrist announced her retirement from the Senate, citing growing partisanship. Fed chair Bernanke took a cautious stance on the future of the economy. President Obama urged Congress to repeal oil industry subsidies. And the GOP presidential fight shifted to super Tuesday battlegrounds. Naftali Bendavid of The Wall Street Journal, Shawna Thomas of NBC News and David Welna of NPR join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Guests

Naftali Bendavid

national correspondent, The Wall Street Journal.

Shawna Thomas

White House producer, NBC News.

David Welna

congressional correspondent, NPR.

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The panelists discuss U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull's inflammatory email that some view as racist and highly insulting to President Obama:

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