A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top national news stories. President Obama considers a tax on healthcare benefits to finance reform. California lawmakers fail to close a budget gap. South Carolina Governor Sanford steps down as chair of the National Republican Governors Association.


  • Michael Crowley Senior Editor, The New Republic
  • Lynn Sweet Washington bureau chief, "Chicago Sun-Times" and columnist at politicsdaily.com.
  • Naftali Bendavid National correspondent, Wall Street Journal; author of "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution."

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