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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama announced he supports same-sex marriage one day after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment banning it; incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost the Indiana primary to a Tea Party candidate; and the U.S. Postal Service dropped a plan to close thousands of rural post offices. Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and syndicated columnist Steve Roberts join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


The Ideas America Sells To The World

U.S. exports aren't limited to stuff. We also sell billions of dollars worth of ideas to people around the world.

Education Is Priceless But The Pricetag Is Hefty

A study indicates just half of college graduates, from 2009 to 2011, are finding work within a year. In the meantime, most grads have student loans to replay. Tim Maurer, a financial adviser in Hunt Valley, Md., talks to David Greene about the high cost of getting a college degree.

College Grads Struggle To Gain Financial Footing

A new Rutgers University survey finds just half of those who graduated from college between 2006 and 2011 are working full time. Burdened by student loan debt, and with wages depressed even for those with jobs, many say they no longer believe that education and hard work will necessarily lead to success.

Foreclosure Review Is Free, But Few Borrowers Apply

It's been two years since the "robo-signing" scandal revealed systemic problems among home foreclosures around the country. Regulators and 14 mortgage companies have established a review process to check individual cases for errors, but fewer than 4 percent of eligible homeowners have applied.

Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Public sector jobs, with their competitive pay and benefits, have long been considered the most secure form of employment in America. But as government shrinks, data show African-American workers are bearing the worst of the cuts.

Greece's Debt May Have Massive Ripple Effect

Greece's "collision course" with its creditors is likely to have a deep impact well beyond Greek borders and Europe. Melissa Block talks through some of those scenarios with Ken Rogoff — economics professor at Harvard and former chief economist with the International Monetary Fund.