War ends in Iraq. Standoff in Congress. Americans don’t marry. Europe wobbles on. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
It was the week that sometimes felt like it would never come. The week they folded up Old Glory in Baghdad and headed home. The end of the war in Iraq. At least for now, for us. The battle in Congress? Maybe a truce. A short ceasefire. Maybe.
On the Republican campaign trail, Romney says we don’t need “zany.” Gingrich says, who you callin’ zany? Chistopher Hitchens is dead. Time Magazine names “The Protestor” as Person of the Year. Everybody’s “Tebowing.”
This hour On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Susan Davis, Chief Congressional reporter for USA Today.
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.
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National Journal ” Faced with a House Republican bill that extends the payroll-tax holiday but doesn’t raise taxes on millionaires, President Obama and Senate Democrats are considering financing the extension with budget cuts. ”
Politico ” On the eve of a possible government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tamped down their rhetoric on Thursday and tried to reassure skeptics that their differences can be resolved at the eleventh hour. ”
Chicago Tribune ” As 2011 draws to a close, how fitting that Congress is fighting over money — again. Late Wednesday, a push to extend a payroll-tax break and unemployment benefits stood in the way of a crucial budget bill to fund the government’s operations. Democrats wanted to cover the cost of those initiatives with tax increases, Republicans with spending cuts. “