Friday News Roundup - Domestic
President Barack Obama is set to announce new guidelines for the National Security Agency. A budget deal moves ahead in Congress. And West Virginia residents grapple with a chemical spill. A panel of journalists join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top domestic news stories.
senior Washington editor, NPR.
national political reporter, The Washington Post.
Washington bureau chief, BuzzFeed.
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A chemical spill tainted the water supply for more than 300,000 West Virginians this month. The water had been housed in a storage facility that was subject to few investigations or regulations. Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post said the spill is a bit of a paradox because the coal-washing chemical that leaked was meant to treat the water. "It's sort of ironic too because a lot of people in West Virginia, because of the coal industry, consider the EPA sort of 'public enemy No. 1' and I'm wondering if they're having a little bit of a reassessment of that this week, too," Tumulty said.