Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Guest Host:

Susan Page
Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Barack Obama seeks support for military strikes in Syria. The White House steps up its public relations campaign for health care enrollment. And the latest unemployment numbers. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will agree to a military strike against Syria despite divisions. But a top aide said on NPR this morning that it’s unlikely the president will act without congressional approval. The New York Times and other news media reported the National Security Agency has succeeded in breaking encryption that keeps people’s personal data safe online. The Labor Department reported mixed news on summer unemployment numbers as the jobless rate dips to 7.3 percent. Prospects for an immigration overhaul have dimmed over the summer congressional recess. And the White House steps up its public relations campaign for health care enrollment. 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, The New York Times; author of the e-book: “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth."

Molly Ball

staff writer, The Atlantic.

Olivier Knox

chief Washington correspondent, Yahoo! News.

Featured Clip

Olivier Knox of Yahoo! News discussed whether President Barack Obama set a precedent for future presidents when he asked Congress to agree to a military strike against Syria. David Leonhardt of The New York Times said it's a mark of a democracy when Congress is able to say yes or no to such a request. "We don't want a situation in the big picture in our country in which every time the president asks for the authorization to use force, Congress feels like it needs to do it for patriotic reasons," Leonhardt said.

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