Politics

What's In The New Budget Deal And The Politics Behind The Negotiations

December 16, 2013

Congressional leaders strike a budget deal that eases the impact of sequestration and avoids another government shutdown. What's in the new budget deal and why some conservatives oppose the plan.

Friday News Roundup - International

December 13, 2013

After mounting protests, Ukraine’s president says he intends to sign a trade agreement with the E.U. World leaders. Thousands of South African citizens pay respects to the late Nelson Mandela. And Time magazine names Pope Francis its “Man of the Year.” A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

December 13, 2013

The House takes up a compromise budget deal. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before Congress on rising enrollment in health care plans. And the nation remembers the tragedy at Newtown, one year later. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top domestic news stories.

Understanding The Volcker Rule

December 11, 2013

The so-called "Volcker Rule" is aimed at reining in risky trading by banks. Details on the new rule and whether it’s tough enough to prevent another financial crisis.

The Challenges Of Claiming Nazi-Stolen Artwork

December 10, 2013

Germany recently published details about more than 100 artworks, including pieces by Picasso and Cézanne, discovered in Munich as part of a huge stash of suspected Nazi loot. Diane and her guests discuss why so little has been done to return stolen goods to Holocaust victims and their families and what this incident means for institutions and collectors in the U.S.

The Push To Raise The Minimum Wage For All Americans

December 9, 2013

President Barack Obama said he will focus his last three years in office on reducing income inequality in America. The pros and cons of one of the president's key proposals: raising the federal minimum wage.

Friday News Roundup - International

December 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Vice President Joe Biden urges restraint from China over an air space dispute. And former Ukraine presidents back ongoing protests over a rejected E.U. trade pact. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

December 6, 2013

Healthcare.gov sees an enrollment jump after repairs are made to the troubled website. Fast food workers across the country protest the federal minimum wage. And the Labor Department releases the November jobs report. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

December 5, 2013

There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.

Peter Schweizer: "Extortion"

Peter Schweizer: "Extortion"

December 4, 2013

Conventional wisdom holds that rich donors control Washington politicians. A government accountability expert argues it's the reverse. How legislators legally extort contributions from big donors.

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