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Week In The News: Joe Paterno, Italy On The Brink, Cain’s Sex Scandal

With Bob Oakes in for Tom Ashbrook

Cain’s accusers. Coach Paterno sacked. Italy on the brink. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Sharon Bialek arrives for a news conference at the Friars Club, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. (AP)

Sharon Bialek arrives for a news conference at the Friars Club, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. (AP)

Debating Perry. Another tough outing for the Texas Governor at the GOP debate. A Herman Cain accuser faces the cameras.

Scandal at Penn State. It’s about big-time college football and a lot more.

All eyes on Italy. The debt crisis deepens and embattled Prime Minister Berlusconi says he’ll step down.

New revelations about Iran’s nuclear program. Big votes this on unions and abortion rights. What does it tell us about 2012?

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

Guests

David Ignatius is a columnist at The Washington Post. He has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years.

Maggie Haberman, senior political writer for Politico.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

Politico “In what at first seemed like light-hearted self-parody, Perry grasped desperately for agency names: “Commerce, Education and the uh…..the third agency of government I would do away with… Education, the, uh, Commerce, and…I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

New York Times “ROME — Italy pulled back from the brink on Thursday, as lawmakers seemed poised to usher out Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and replace his government with a cabinet of technocrats most likely led by a former European Commissioner, Mario Monti. ”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In five stunning days, a child sex abuse scandal that rocked the state’s flagship public university led to the departure Wednesday of Penn State University President Graham Spanier and its legendary football coach Joe Paterno.”

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