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Week In The News: Occupy Protests, Cain Surges, Iran Accused

The U.S. accuses Iran in a terror plot. Occupy protests spread. Herman Cain surges in the GOP polls. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

The eight Republican presidential candidates sitting at the table listen as a video of former President Ronald Reagan is played during a Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday night, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP)

The eight Republican presidential candidates sitting at the table listen as a video of former President Ronald Reagan is played during a Republican presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday night, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP)

Jobs and trade front and center in the news, this week. Republicans in the Senate, unanimous in rejecting President Obama’s big jobs bill. He’s still stumping. Republicans and Democrats voting for free trade deals with Columbia, Panama and South Korea.

A shocker from the Justice Department, alleging Iran was behind a terror plot aimed at Washington, D.C. Fallout to come. A hedge fund titan gets eleven years for insider trading. And Mr. 9-9-9, Herman Cain, moves to the very front of the GOP presidential field.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Major Garrett, congressional correspondent National Journal.

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. She was one of the questioners at the Bloomberg/Washington Post GOP debate on Tuesday.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Al Jazeera “A day after the US accused Iran of plotting to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador on its soil, authorities now say they are taking the case to the UN.”

Los Angeles Times “The attention underscored Romney’s heightened status after weeks in which rival Rick Perry, governor of Texas, suddenly surpassed him, and then almost as swiftly fell under the weight of middling debate performances. The pattern continued Tuesday night: While Romney parried his opponents with general ease, Perry struggled to maintain a presence during the two-hour forum at Dartmouth College.”

CNN “The United States has had “direct contact with Iran” about the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the United States as the Obama administration ratchets up its rhetoric against the Islamic republic.”

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