Friday News Roundup

Friday News Roundup - International

May 11, 2012

Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande was elected president of France; the CIA said a Saudi double-agent was used to disrupt an al-Qaida bomb plot that would have targeted a U.S.-bound airliner; and two suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded 372 in Damascus, Syria, casting doubt on the U.N. mission there. David Sanger of The New York Times, Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy magazine and Matt Frei of the U.K's Channel 4 News join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

May 11, 2012

President Obama announced he supports same-sex marriage one day after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning it; incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost the Indiana primary to a Tea Party candidate; and the U.S. Postal Service dropped a plan to close thousands of rural post offices. Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and syndicated columnist Steve Roberts join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Friday News Roundup - International

May 4, 2012

The blind dissident at the center of a diplomatic stand-off now says he wants to flee China with his family; documents seized in last year's raid reveal Osama bin Laden was concerned al Qaida affiliates were shifting from the "goal" of attacking the U.S; and President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to sign a long-term partnership agreement with President Karzai. Elise Labott of CNN, David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

May 4, 2012

U.S. job growth slowed again in April but the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent; the Department of Justice charged more than 100 individuals with $450 million in Medicare fraud; Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suspended his campaign; and 13 people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S. Greg Ip of The Economist, Susan Page of USA Today and Reid Wilson of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Friday News Roundup - International

April 27, 2012

The U.S. and Afghanistan reached a deal Sunday on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement; Spain and the U.K. fell back into recession; and the U.N. said it will take a month to get the full 300-member observer mission on the ground in Syria. Yochi Dreazen of National Journal, Indira Lakshmanan of Bloomberg News and Stephan Richter of The Globalist join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

April 27, 2012

The U.S. economy showed slowed growth in the first quarter of the year. The supreme court held a hearing on Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Former speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich, said he’s quitting the GOP presidential...

Friday News Roundup - International

April 20, 2012

As the U.S. and NATO agree to a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan, photographs surface from 2010 that appear to show American soldiers posing with the remains of dead insurgents; North Korea's new leader makes his first public speech; and India test-launches a powerful new missile that could carry nuclear weapons. Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera, Courtney Kube of N.B.C. and Michael Hirsh of National Journal join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

April 20, 2012

Three Secret Service employees will leave the agency amid the fallout from the Colombian prostitution sex scandal; American consumer spending was higher-than-expected in March, but existing home sales fell, raising fears about a stalling recovery; and the Environmental Protection Agency issued new air pollution rules for hydraulic fracturing. Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal, and Michael Scherer of TIME magazine join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Friday News Roundup - International

April 13, 2012

North Korea attempted to launch a long-range rocket today, but it broke apart soon after take-off; a fragile cease-fire took hold in Syria, where more than 1,000 civilians have been killed in the past nine weeks; U.S. officials signed a compromise agreement that gives Afghan authorities oversight over nighttime raids carried out by American troops. James Kitfield of National Journal, Nadia Bilbassy of MBC-TV and Mark Landler of The New York Times join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

April 13, 2012

Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign, shifting momentum to Mitt Romney in the GOP race; the Justice Department filed suit against Apple and several book publishers, charging the companies conspired to inflate the price of e-books; and George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the Trayvon Martin case. Jerry Seib of The Wall Street Journal, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News, and John Harwood of CNBC join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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