Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

A State Department official gives emotional testimony about Benghazi on Capitol Hill. Stocks rally to all-time highs. And a suspect is charged in the Cleveland abduction case. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

President Barack Obama traveled to Austin, Texas, yesterday to spotlight manufacturing success stories there. He blamed Congress for hampering the economy by blocking his jobs proposals. Boston police officials told a House committee the FBI never informed them that Russia was concerned about the bombing suspect’s older brother. A former high-ranking State Department official gave emotional testimony to a House hearing on the Benghazi tragedy. Republican senators pushed for hundreds of border security amendments to the proposed immigration bill. And officials said they might seek the death penalty for the suspect in the kidnapping of three Cleveland women. A panel of journalists joins Diane for a discussion of the week’s top national stories.


Rachel Smolkin

deputy managing editor for Politico.

David Welna

congressional correspondent for NPR.

Michael Scherer

White House correspondent for Time magazine.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won a special election this week for a vacant House seat, defeating Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and surprising many with a successful political comeback. David Welna of NPR said Sanford "clearly had betrayed the trust" of his constituents, but noted that the state is very conservative and religious. "America is the land of the second act, and all kinds of politicians have found redemption again," Welna said. Rachel Smolkin of Politico said Sanford is adept at "retail politics," which involves connecting with voters and reporters.

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