Friday News Roundup - Domestic
President Barack Obama is elected for another term. The U.S. House stays Republican and the Senate gains two Democratic seats. And the focus turns to avoiding the fiscal cliff. Diane and a panel of journalists discuss the week’s top national stories, what happened and why.
senior Washington editor for NPR.
Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
national correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
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The 2012 national elections ushered in a historic number of female legislators, including key wins by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Ron Elving of NPR said the number of women running for office, the quality of their candidacies and re-election rates hit record highs, as did voter turnout among women. "I remember when I first start working for the United States Senate as a staff member in 1985, there was not a women's restroom on the level with the Senate chamber. They had to go to another floor, and there weren't that many to go there," Elving said. "So we have just transformed the Senate in that 30 year period." USA Today's Susan Page said studies indicate that female elected officials tend to seek alliances and common ground across party lines more than their male counterparts do.