Friday News Roundup - Domestic
For the first time since 2009, Congress passes a debt ceiling bill without any strings attached. The extension is a blow to Tea Party Republicans who oppose an increase in federal borrowing. The Obama administration announces another delay under the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide health insurance to their workers. Janet Yellen testifies in front of Congress for the first time as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Comcast announces a bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. And a federal judge in Virginia overturns the state’s same sex marriage ban. Diane and a panel of journalists discuss the week in news.
Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal.
Washington bureau chief, USA Today.
senior Washington editor, NPR.
Shirley Temple Black died Monday at age 85. Susan Page of USA Today said she was able to raise Americans' spirits during the Great Depression as one of the most popular actresses of the 1930s. Diane recalled going to see Black's movies at the cinema, and she described interviewing Black in Washington in 1988. Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal called Black's diplomatic posts as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia her "second career." He noted that some thought it was a stunt to assign an actress to the role, but she was actually quite well-respected as a diplomat.
Correction: Diane identified Shirley Temple Black's first husband as Nicky Hilton. In fact, her first husband was John Agar, whom she married in 1945 and divorced in 1949.