Friday News Roundup - Domestic
The January unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is the lowest in five years. But analysts are disappointed with the creation of just 113,000 new jobs. President Barack Obama signs a farm bill that trims food stamps and ends direct payouts to farmers. House Speaker John Boehner casts doubt on getting immigration reform done this year. An extension of unemployment insurance fails again in the Senate. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential prospects take a hit in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal. A panel of journalists join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news.
senior congressional reporter, Politico.
staff writer, The Atlantic.
Washington correspondent, The Economist.
CVS Caremark announced this week it will stop selling tobacco products by October. With the decision, the nation's largest drug store chain is a step closer to becoming more of a health care provider, said Politico reporter Manu Raju. As more Americans get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the demand for primary care physicians will rise. CVS seeks to fill this gap with its Minute Clinic locations. Molly Ball of The Atlantic said the White House hailed the move. She added that it's an example of how the Obama administration partners with the private sector to reach its goals in a time when few initiatives get through Congress.