Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks at a press conference April 1 in Newark, New Jersey.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks at a press conference April 1 in Newark, New Jersey.

The U.S. adds just 126,000 jobs in March, the smallest gain since the end of 2013. Republican governors in Indiana and Arkansas sign revised religious liberty laws. Sen. Robert Menendez says his career won’t end over federal corruption charges. President Barack Obama uses the dedication of an institute honoring Ted Kennedy to call for more collegiality in American politics. A new group backing Jeb Bush is not required to disclose its donors, something that could prompt other supporters of presidential hopefuls to do the same. McDonald’s announces wage hikes for thousands of its employees. And California passes strict new water restrictions. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.


  • Susan Page Washington bureau chief, USA Today
  • Gerald Seib Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal.
  • Doyle McManus Washington columnist, The Los Angeles Times.

Video: Is Indiana's "Fix" For Its Religious Freedom Law Enough?

Indiana’s state legislature added a clause to its new religious freedom law this week to clarify that people and businesses could not use the measure to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Did it go far enough?

How Will California's Water Restrictions Be Enforced?

For the first time in California’s history, the state has ordered mandatory water use reductions.

Enforcing those reductions, however, is easier said than done. We take a look at early plans.


Video: Will McDonald's Wage Hike Affect Other Companies?

McDonald’s announced this week it was raising pay for workers. The hike will mean about $1 above the local minimum wage, for an average of $10 per hour by the end of 2016.

Though not all employees will be affected by the hike — local franchise owners can decide whether to opt into the program — the changes for employees, which also include paid time off, could trickle down to other businesses, our panel said.


Video: How Will People Use Indiana's Religious Freedom Law?

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