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The President’s big Mideast speech. Candidate Gingrich in trouble with his party. Rape charges for the head of the IMF. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama delivers a policy address at the State Department. (AP)

President Barack Obama delivers a policy address at the State Department. (AP)

Big outreach to the Arab spring this week, explosive news of sex and sexual assault, Newt Gingrich teetering on self-destruction, and above it all the next-to-last space shuttle flies in orbit.

In a major speech on North Africa and the Middle East, the president reached out to democracy movements and called for 1967 boundaries for Israel.

We’ve got a love child for Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Attempted rape charges for the shamed head of the IMF.  Newt Gingrich talking “rightwing social engineering.”  And much more.

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

- Tom Ashbrook

 

Guests:

David Sanger, chief Washington correspont for the New York Times.  Author of “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.”

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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Sep 19, 2014
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Sep 19, 2014
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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