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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The White House agrees to give Congress classified drone documents. The Justice Department sues Standard and Poor’s. And the Post Office announces plans to end Saturday delivery. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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A caller to the show asked whether the Obama administration's secret memo authorizing the targeted killing of American citizens is an impeachable offense. The caller also questioned why the drone strike policy has not sparked a national debate. Ruth Marcus, columnist for The Washington Post, said the executive and legislative branches have always engaged in a tug of war for accountability and access to information. "I remind everybody again, it is not--it should not--be a surprise that the U.S. government targeted American citizens for killing," Marcus said. Marcus added that the John Brennan confirmation hearings have been useful in shedding light on counterterrorism operations.

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Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Remaining Stake In Alibaba

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