Friday Follow: Payroll Tax, US-Pakistan Relations, Iraq Terror Scandal

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This week North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il died, a Pentagon investigation into airstrikes that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers heightened tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan, Countrywide was ordered to pay $355 million for discriminating against black and Latino borrowers, and a terrorism scandal in Iraq's second-highest office broke. 

This week's panel is Jeff Yang, writer of the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogger for WNYC's It’s a Free Country; Farai Chideya, journalist and blogger at; and Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, CEO of Christie Strategies, and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.