President Obama took his jobs plan straight to voters this week amidst a bounty of bad news including a jump in unemployment benefit applications, and a spike in the number of people living in poverty. Also: analysis of the Tea Party debate. Joining Gwen Ifill: John Dickerson of Slate/CBS News, Beth Reinhard of National Journal, Charles Babington of AP, Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post.
On the Webcast Extra: The panel discusses the significance of a number of endorsements for GOP presidential candidates this week. Also, the “super-committee” met this week but are they ready to come together on a decision to reduce the debt? Plus, the White House’s reaction to the new poverty numbers and revelations from the new Jackie Kennedy book.