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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of dismantling federal welfare reform and creating a “culture of dependency.” The U.S. economy continued to send mixed signals. And victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting were remembered at vigils across the United States. Ron Elving of NPR, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and John King of CNN join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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The panel discussed why President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney have not discussed gun control following a shooting that left seven people dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin Sunday. Nia-Malika Henderson, national politics reporter for The Washington Post, said the U.S. doesn't have an appetite to curb gun use. She said a recent Quinnipiac University poll found 60 percent of Americans think stricter gun laws would have no effect on mass shootings. Ron Elving, Washington editor for NPR, talked about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's call for the presidential candidates to debate gun ownership. CNN anchor John King said every state has a different position on gun control. "What's frustrating in the political system is, like immigration, like taxes, we can't even have a conversation," King said.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

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Reality Check For Young Farmers: It's An Expensive 'Habit'

More young people are trying their hand at farming, hoping to make a living out of it. But, as it turns out, passion and grit are just a few of the prerequisites for success.
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Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.
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Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

The much-anticipated video game, Destiny, was released this week. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with gaming expert Adam Sessler about the new game and whether it was worth all the hype.

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