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Americans reacted to increased security after a worldwide terror threat. President Barack Obama called for ending the mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Bank of America. The White House announced proposed health care rules for congressional employees. The judge in the Fort Hood shooting trial said defense attorneys must assist the accused gunman. And Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post. Diane and a panel of journalists discuss the top national news stories of the week.
The panel discussed why President Barack Obama seems to prefer speaking to talk show hosts like Jay Leno and Jon Stewart over traditional news reporters. "I assure you the White House press corps never feels a whole lot of love from the president in terms of the amount of time he spends with them," The Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler said. She added that the Obama administration instead uses other forms of media to get specific messages out, such as specialized or ethnic news outlets in addition to entertainment media. Chris Frates of National Journal noted the White House has its own videographer, so is less reliant on nightly television news for media attention.