Friday News Roundup - Domestic
A midnight shooting at a Denver Theater left 12 people dead. A suspect is in custody. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke described efforts to lower the unemployment rate as frustratingly slow. Housing data indicated a market in recovery, with existing home sales and prices and new home starts all up in June. Senator John McCain criticized attacks by Congresswoman Michele Bachman on a long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And, without intervention from Congress, the Post Office moved closer to defaulting on payments for future retiree benefits. Jerry Seib of the Wall Street Journal, Susan Page of USA Today and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post join Diane for the domestic hour of our Friday News Roundup.
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Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
author of The Fix, a Washington Post politics blog; managing editor of PostPolitics.com; and author of a new book, "The Gospel According to The Fix."
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Our panel discussed the repercussions of the Colorado movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured Friday morning. Jerry Seib, Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, said the shooting could renew the political debate about violence and gun control in the United States. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza said polls show there's typically a short-lived bump in the national discussion after major gun-related events, such as the Virginia Tech massacre and Columbine High School shooting. Cillizza added that Gallup polls have found American support for stricter gun laws fall by about 50 percent since 1990.