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Friday News Roundup - International

Secretary of State Kerry pledges new aid for the Syrian opposition. Iran and Western powers set the stage for nuclear negotiations. And Pope Benedict steps down. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.


The Meaning Of 'Regret': Journalist Bob Woodward, White House Disagree

The veteran Washington Post reporter says a White House aide threatened him over a story about President Obama's role in sequestration.

Countdown To The Sequester: 3 More 'Should-Read' Stories

Friday's deadline looms and "oh, it's gonna happen," says one Republican congressman. We continue to scour news outlets for stories that help make sense of the sequester.
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Kaine Breaks Senate Tradition By Addressing Chamber Earlier Than Usual

With sequestration looming, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine urged his colleagues on Wednesday to protect the state's defense industry. His speech broke unwritten Senate protocol as freshman lawmakers typically wait months before addressing their peers in the austere chamber.

5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration

The predetermined nature of the coming budget crisis known as sequestration is part of a long tradition of using countdowns as a way to manage chaos.

On Message: What Obama's Saying (And What He's Not) About Sequester

The key players in Washington seem unable even to define the terms around the debate, much less find a way to stop the automatic government spending cuts set to begin Friday. So today, we're taking a deeper look at the words of President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner

On Message: What Boehner's Saying (And What He's Not) About Sequester

Earlier, we broke down a statement that President Obama has repeated about the sequester. As we continue trying to decipher the messaging war over the mandated budget cuts scheduled to kick in Friday, we now take a look at the political talking points of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.