The unemployment rate drops to 7.6 percent in March, but the economy added only 88,000 new jobs. Connecticut’s governor signed into law sweeping new gun control measures yesterday. The Senate plans to take up national gun control legislation as early as next week. President Barack Obama and some lawmakers say they will voluntarily cut their salaries in solidarity with federal employees who face pay cuts or furloughs as part of sequestration. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlines his vision for reduced military spending. And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to the public eye with a speech about empowering women and girls worldwide. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
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"This will eventually come to seem to many people who are young today or not yet born as no different from [signs that read] "No Irish Need Apply." And that's why we see politicians rushing to get on the other side of this," said David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for The New York Times.
Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
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