90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: North Korea, Payroll Tax, Trouble In Iraq

A new leader in North Korea. Payroll tax gridlock and movement. A wave of bombings in the new Iraq. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Republicans in the House of Representatives are set to block a Senate proposal to extend a popular tax cut for working Americans for two months, setting up a showdown between Boehner and his own party in the Senate plus President Obama and the Democrats.(AP)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Republicans in the House of Representatives are set to block a Senate proposal to extend a popular tax cut for working Americans for two months, setting up a showdown between Boehner and his own party in the Senate plus President Obama and the Democrats.(AP)

Holidays on ice for the GOP this week, slip-sliding on the payroll tax cut issue on Capitol Hill. Hoping to nail a tough triple axel. Democrats are cheered, but it will all be back in February. On the campaign trail, Newt bemoans negative ads, but they keep coming. Romney bumps up. So does Ron Paul.

In North Korea, the sudden death of a leader and the public mourning is in a class of its own. US troops are out of Iraq, and an ominous wave of bombings comes right behind.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC. Political writer for the New York Times.

Gail Chaddock, congressional correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Christian Science Monitor “House Speaker John Boehner agreed to let the Senate’s payroll-tax deal come to the floor for a vote, where it is expected to pass Friday. It was a rare win in a tough year for Democrats.”

USA Today “The apparently coordinated attacks struck days after the last American forces left Iraq and in the midst of a major government crisis between the country’s top Shiite and Sunni political leaders that has sent sectarian tensions soaring.”

Washington Post “KABUL — The U.S. military acknowledged Thursday that commanders in Afghanistan made serious mistakes during a cross-border raid last month in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

Oct 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 22, 2014
Authors Nicholas Kristof and wife Sheryl WuDunn attend the premiere of "Meena" at the AMC Loews Theater on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in New York.

Author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says regular folks like us can change the world. He explains how. Plus: we remember the late, great Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee.

 
Oct 22, 2014
Health workers carry the body of a woman suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Bomi county situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP)

We’ll go to Liberia, and hear from a pastor and a physician at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
3 Comments
 
Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: October 17, 2014
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

We talk Facebook mishaps, whether Katy Perry was actually right and the glory of architectural giants and their iconic windows.

More »
Comment