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President Barack Obama shakes hands with health care professionals after speaking about health care reform, Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in the East Room of the White House. (AP)

And so, President Barack Obama has gone all in for health reform.

All the chips, on the table. All the persuasion he can muster. And, starting now, the fastest march he can command for Democrats ramming it through. If they can ram it through.

Elsewhere this week, the jobless rate holds steady, and that brings a sigh of relief. Democrats struggle with ethics charges. Republicans plan a fear campaign for the midterm elections.

Chile struggles with aftershocks. And a kid takes the control tower.

This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. 

Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers.

From New York we’re joined by Michael Crowley, senior editor at The New Republic.

And from Hanover, N.H., is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

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Dec 22, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (AP)

A weak ruble and a turbulent economy. We look at Putin’s Russia and what its economic free fall means.

Dec 22, 2014
A sample of some of the costumes on display at the fall 2014 "Dance & Fashion" exhibition at New York City's Museum at FIT. (AP)

Couture fashion exhibits are drawing record crowds at museums. We’ll look at the beauty and the art behind the glitz.

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Dec 19, 2014
Soledad, and from left, Nina Pastori, and Lila Downs perform on stage at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Tribute honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP)

From crossover hits to hip-hop to soul, we look at a big year in the wide world of Latin music.

 
Dec 19, 2014
Alan Gross, waves as he and his wife Judy leave following his statement at his lawyer's office in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Gross was released from Cuba after 5 years in a Cuban prison. (AP)

Cuba reset. Russia’s rubble troubles. School massacre in Pakistan. Jeb explores 2016. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: December 19, 2014
Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Rage, shortlinks and things you people seem to be into, we guess. Also, Putin.

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Cosby Accuser Beverly Johnson: ‘He's A Black Man. I Had To Separate The Trayvon Martins, The Michael Browns From What Happened To Me’
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Beverly Johnson accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging her in a high-profile Vanity Fair column. She tells us why she waited so long to share her story, and why it was even harder to share now.

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Our Week In The Web: December 12, 2014
Friday, Dec 12, 2014

On listener engagement, the meeting of trans-Atlantic royalty and the elusive origins of the chicken. (We promise this feed hasn’t been taken over the BBC…yet)

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