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Week In The News: Gingrich And Freddie, Syria On Edge, Healthcare To Court

Jacki Lyden in for Tom Ashbrook

Newt Gingrich and Freddie Mac. Healthcare law to the Supreme Court. Syria on the edge. The news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally at the Jacksonville Landing, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla.  (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally at the Jacksonville Landing, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP)

Newt rises in the polls but is under fire over Freddie Mac payments and millions from the healthcare industry. The deadline approaches for the Super Committee. Deal or no deal? The healthcare law goes to the Supreme Court.

Gabby Giffords speaks. So does former Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky. He insists he’s not a pedophile. Italy gets a new government. U.S. lawmakers are on the hot seat over insider trading. Occupy protesters march nation wide. Hundreds are arrested.

This hour, On Point, the news roundtable doubles down on the headlines.

-Jacki Lyden

Guests

Matt Cooper,  Editor of National Journal Daily.

Matt Continetti, associate editor for The Weekly Standard.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

Politico “Newt Gingrich surging to the top of the Republican field? It’s a turn of events so improbable that even a political analyst as sympathetic as Newt Gingrich acknowledges that the latest poll numbers may turn out to be a short-lived fluke.”

The Washington Post “The movement began as a protest of major economic and political issues, but lately the most divisive issue has become the protests themselves. The Occupy Wall Street encampments that formed across the country to spotlight crimes committed on Wall Street have become rife with problems of their own. There are sanitation hazards and drug overdoses, even occasional deaths and sexual assaults.”

BBC “Russia’s foreign minister has said the situation in Syria is beginning to resemble civil war, after renegade soldiers attacked a key army base. Sergei Lavrov said all countries hoping for a peaceful solution in Syria must call on all parties to end the violence.”

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