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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Barack Obama offers his 2014 budget plan. The Senate clears the way to debate gun control legislation. And the U.S. Postal Service will continue Saturday delivery. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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The panel discussed the details and implications of a leaked recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his campaign strategists. In the tape, his aides mock actress Ashley Judd, who was considering running against McConnell. "I don't know that this is a game changer," Karen Tumulty, Washington Post reporter, said. NPR's Ari Shapiro noted that while McConnell likened the recording to Watergate, he didn't respond to the content of the tape.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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