Friday News Roundup

Friday News Roundup - International

August 3, 2012

The European Central Bank left its main interest rate unchanged, but ECB head Mario Draghi signaled the bank could purchase bonds and lower borrowing costs in the future. The battle for Aleppo raged on as Syrian rebels' handling of pro-government militiamen drew criticism. President Barack Obama announced new sanctions on Iran's energy sector. And India suffered the worst blackout in history, which left 670 million people without power. James Kitfield of National Journal, Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy magazine and David Ignatius of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

August 3, 2012

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy was weaker but took no new steps to help. The House and Senate remained at loggerheads over whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned from a week-long overseas trip. And Chick-fil-A fans and critics took to the streets following anti-gay marriage comments by the company's president. Greg Ip of The Economist, Julie Hirshfeld Davis of Bloomberg News and Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Friday News Roundup - International

July 27, 2012

Syrian warplanes bombed Aleppo as rebel forces fought for several neighborhoods in the commercial capital. Violence in more than a dozen Iraqi cities killed 100 people. European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi vowed to defend the euro. North Korean officials confirmed for the first time that dictator Kim Jong Eun is married. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson of NPR, Warren Strobel of Reuters and Elise Labott of CNN join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

July 27, 2012

President Barack Obama spoke out forcefully against gun violence for the first time following the Colorado movie theater shooting. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined his plans for a more aggressive foreign policy just before he began a weeklong trip to Britain, Israel and Poland. The Senate narrowly passed an extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, which House Republicans have said they will not accept. Ari Shapiro of NPR, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and syndicated columnist Steve Roberts join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Friday News Roundup - International

July 20, 2012

Russia and China once again block U.N. action to try to halt bloodshed in Syria. Secretary of State Clinton visits Israel and Egypt. And security for the London Olympics comes under scrutiny. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

July 20, 2012

Jerry Seib of the Wall Street Journal, Susan Page of USA Today and Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post join Diane for the domestic hour of our Friday News Roundup.

Friday News Roundup - International

July 13, 2012

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

July 13, 2012

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Friday News Roundup - International

July 6, 2012

A senior member of President Assad’s regime defects as world powers discuss ways to end the 16-month old conflict in Syria. Pakistan reopens supply routes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologizes for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers. And British bank Barclays admits to manipulating global interest rates. Guest host Susan Page speaks with Yochi Dreazen of National Journal Magazine, Nadia Bilbassy of Middle East Broadcast Centre and Mark Mardell of BBC North America Editor.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

July 6, 2012

The U.S. unemployment rate is unchanged at 8.2 percent. President Barack Obama takes his reelection campaign to key battleground states. And Republican challenger Mitt Romney shifts his position on the health care mandate. Juan Williams of Fox News, Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal and David Lindsey of Reuters join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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