Friday News Roundup - Domestic
A Pennsylvania judge upheld a controversial voter ID law that will go into effect starting this Election Day. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants lined up in cities across the country to apply for deportation deferrals allowed by a new federal program. And retail sales in the U.S. rose more than forecast in July, the first gain in four months. Susan Page of USA Today, Major Garrett of National Journal and Lisa Lerer of Bloomberg News join guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
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The panel discussed the implications of Mitt Romney announcing Thursday that he paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes. Major Garrett, congressional correspondent for National Journal, said Romney talked about his tax rate because a voter -- not the news media -- asked the question. Garrett said the Romney campaign has called requests to see Romney's tax returns a diversion. "One thing I've learned in presidential politics is candidates don't get to decide what a distraction is. If voters care about it, it's not a distraction and you have to deal with it," Garrett said.