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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

November 1, 2013

Apologies from the Obama administration over rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. Congressional budget negotiators meet for the first time. And the deficit falls to the lowest level since 2008. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The Moral And Economic Costs Of Slavery

October 31, 2013

The film "Twelve Years a Slave" is a brutal reminder of the connection between America's early economic success and the North American slave trade. Facing up to the moral and economic cost of slavery.

Questions About HealthCare.gov And The Affordable Care Act

October 30, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies about the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov. Diane and her guests explore questions about the launch of the Affordable Care Act and why Medicaid enrollment is surging.

Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations

October 29, 2013

The number of deaths in the U.S. from narcotic painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. But the FDA’s new recommendations for tightening restrictions on narcotics is prompting concerns about pain management.

Challenges For Saudi Arabia At Home And Abroad

October 28, 2013

Saudi Arabia is warning that its decades-old alliance with the U.S. is strained. At the same time, the country faces increasing domestic pressure over women’s rights. Diane and her guests discuss challenges for Saudi Arabia at home and abroad.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

October 25, 2013

Contractors testify on the Hill about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New Jersey. And President Barack Obama renews calls for Congress to pass immigration reform. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

New Reports Allege US Drone Strikes Violate International Law

October 23, 2013

In new reports, human rights groups allege U.S. drone strikes unlawfully killed civilians in Pakistan and Yemen in violation of international law. Diane and her guests discuss the new questions about the legality of the U.S. drone program.

Fixing HealthCare.gov

October 22, 2013

The Obama administration is scrambling to fix problems with the president's online health insurance marketplace. Diane and her guests discuss what's at stake politically and prospects for getting the new health insurance exchanges fully operating by a mid-December deadline.

Congressional Districts, Demographics And Prospects For Moving Beyond Gridlock In Washington

October 21, 2013

The recent shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that paralyzed Washington prompts new questions about polarization of the U.S. electorate. Diane and her guests discuss congressional districts, demographic patterns and prospects for moving beyond gridlock in Washington.

Friday News Roundup - International

October 18, 2013

Tom Gjelten of NPR, Nadia Bilbassy of Al Arabiya and James Kitfield of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories, including: the international reaction to Washington’s fiscal deal, Secretary of State John Kerry's latest statements on Syria and stepped up diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program.

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