Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Congress moves to keep the government operating through September. Support for same-sex marriage hits a new high. And the Senate gun bill excludes assault weapons. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Congress approves a measure to avert a government shutdown next week. The continuing resolution keeps agencies funded through September, but the big fiscal battle still looms. The House passed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's 2014 budget; the Senate immediately rejected it. Democrats there are now preparing their own version. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduces a gun control bill with expanded background checks but without an assault weapons ban. And sales of previously owned homes in February increase to the highest level since 2009. A panel of journalists join guest host Tom Gjelten for the domestic hour of our Friday News Roundup.

Guests

Jerry Seib

Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis

national political correspondent at Bloomberg News.

Michael Scherer

Washington bureau chief, TIME.

Featured Video Clip

A caller to the show argues that "gun control" has a negative connotation. She says Americans would be more inclined to adopt new laws if it were called "gun regulation." Julie Hirschfeld Davis of Bloomberg News points out that the Obama administration prefers the term "gun safety," and keeps the substance in proposed gun reform measures the same despite its title.

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