Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Connecticut passes strict new gun laws. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells the Pentagon to brace for spending cuts. And the latest unemployment numbers are released. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent in March, but the economy added only 88,000 new jobs. Connecticut’s governor signed into law sweeping new gun control measures yesterday. The Senate plans to take up national gun control legislation as early as next week. President Barack Obama and some lawmakers say they will voluntarily cut their salaries in solidarity with federal employees who face pay cuts or furloughs as part of sequestration. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlines his vision for reduced military spending. And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to the public eye with a speech about empowering women and girls worldwide. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Guests

David Leonhardt

Washington bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the e-book: “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth."

Amy Walter

national editor for Cook Political Report.

Major Garrett

chief White House correspondent at CBS News.

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"This will eventually come to seem to many people who are young today or not yet born as no different from [signs that read] "No Irish Need Apply." And that's why we see politicians rushing to get on the other side of this," said David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times.

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