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Week In The News: Gadhafi Dead, GOP Debates, Animals In Ohio

Moammar Gadhafi is dead. The GOP gloves come off in Las Vegas. Wild animal uproar in Ohio. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi. (AP)

Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell. Amid the fighting, a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi. (AP)

Muammar Qaddafi is dead and gone this week, at the end of a hard uprising and NATO intervention. A tyrant down.

In Las Vegas, hard words and strained tempers in a GOP debate. In Pakistan, a tough warning from Hillary Clinton. In the US Senate, Republicans say no to jobs money for teachers and police. Greeks riot. Israelis and Palestinians celebrate a prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit.

An Indy racing driver dies in flames. And in Zanesville, Ohio a tragic menagerie on the loose and many killed.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ben Smith, senior political reporter for Politico.

Susan Glasser, editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Politico “After months of diversions — sideshow candidates, Hamlet acts and straw polls — Tuesday night’s sizzling Republican presidential showdown boiled the nomination fight down to its essentials: a deeply personal, ideological and smashmouth contest between two rivals with almost nothing in common.”

Foreign Policy “Conservative agitator Pat Buchanan’s new book says America might not survive until 2025. “The Suicide of a Superpower,” it’s called. Even the less alarmist are suddenly sounding a lot like him as economists now predict that China may surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy a lot sooner than we thought, and learned conferences are convened to deal with what Fareed Zakaria memorably dubbed “the post-American world.”

Al Jazeera “Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after National Transitional Council fighters overran loyalist defences in Sirte, the toppled Libyan leader’s hometown and final stronghold.”

Apparently Wounded Muammar Gadhafi After His Capture (Warning: Graphic Footage)

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