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President Barack Obama suggested he will seek a grand fiscal bargain with Republicans if he’s reelected. Obama told The Des Moines Register this week he would also work to win congressional approval of immigration reform. Mitt Romney’s campaign said he disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments on rape, but he hasn't asked that an ad featuring him with the Indiana Senate candidate be withdrawn. New home sales rose to the highest level in two years. The Department of Justice said it will sue Bank of America over allegations it sold defective home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And a look at the legacy of George McGovern. Diane and guests discuss the week’s top national stories: what happened and why.

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The panel discussed the political implications of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comment about rape in a debate earlier this week. Mourdouck said, "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something that God intended to happen."

Michael Scherer, White House correspondent for Time magazine, said the comment gave an opening to Democrats and liberals to label Republicans as "extremists." "The politics of this is that all [election] cycle, Republicans have really struggled on social issues that in past cycles have played to their advantage," Scherer said. Karen Tumulty, national political reporter for The Washington Post, said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney probably wouldn't pull his ad endorsing Mourdock because doing so would focus the story on Romney.

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