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President Barack Obama takes to the airwaves this week, and instead of asking Congress to approve a strike in Syria, he called for diplomacy. Freed from having to vote on Syria, the focus in Washington returns to fiscal issues. House leader John Boehner looks for support from Democrats to help pass spending measures in the House. If Congress doesn't agree on a resolution, much of the federal government will shut down Oct. 1. Bill de Blasio got the most votes in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary. And across the country, remembrances on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. A panel of journalists join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
The Justice Department is examining federal marijuana laws as conflicts arise between loosening state laws in Washington and Colorado, where marijuana is legal under certain circumstances. "It's the kind of substantive policy debate that would be interesting to have, but with all these other issues we've been discussing of course it gets pushed off and it's one that a lot of Americans do worry about," said Washington Post reporter Ed O'Keefe.
FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?