Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue. A fight over U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice heats up. And President Obama lunches with former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The week’s top national stories: what happened and why.

Negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" continue. A fight over U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice heats up. And President Obama lunches with former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The week’s top national stories: what happened and why.

Guests

David Leonhardt

Washington bureau chief for The New York Times.

Laura Meckler

White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

Ari Shapiro

White House correspondent for NPR.

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President Barack Obama and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met for lunch Thursday at the White House. Ari Shapiro of NPR said the menu was one of the only known details of their meeting, which was closed to reporters. "I can't think of a story in my recent memory that had so much interest and so little information," Shapiro said. Wall Street Journal correspondent Laura Meckler said Obama hosted a similar meeting in 2008 when he dined with his Republican challenger, Sen. John McCain. David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, added that these sorts of bipartisan meetings are a good thing. "It's a sign of the way things should work in a democracy," Leonhardt said.

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