Encouraging new unemployment figures arrive as Congress debates the budget and tries to avoid a government shutdown. Also, the U.S. hands over some military control in Libya to NATO. Plus, the panel looks at the 2012 GOP hopefuls. Joining Gwen Ifill: Yochi Dreazen, National Journal; Greg Ip, The Economist; Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal; and Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post.
In the Webcast Extra: The panel discusses the brutal killings of United Nations workers in Afghanistan, the reliability of unemployment statistics, House Speaker John Boehner’s “liberal” leadership style and the lack of election fervor in Iowa.