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Week In The News: Romney Wins N.H., Killing In Iran, Marines Investigated

Romney on a roll and the charge of “vulture capitalism.” Assassination in Tehran. U.S. Marines in trouble. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney surrounded by his family points towards supporters at the Romney for President New Hampshire primary night victory party at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney surrounded by his family points towards supporters at the Romney for President New Hampshire primary night victory party at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP)

A big Mitt Romney victory in New Hampshire this week – and “vulture capitalism” charges from Republicans looking to take down the GOP primary frontrunner on his way to South Carolina. Rush Limbaugh is apoplectic. In Tehran, another motorcycle bomb assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Iran blames Israel and the U.S. Tension, up.

On YouTube, for the world to see, a shameful video of U.S. Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters. Is that who we are?

This hour, On Point: from New Hampshire to Helmand, our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Bryan Monroe, editor of CNNPolitics.com.

David Corn, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “As arguments flare in Israel and the United States about a possible military strike to set back Iran’s nuclear program, an accelerating covert campaign of assassinations, bombings, cyberattacks and defections appears intended to make that debate irrelevant, according to current and former American officials and specialists on Iran.”

Poltico
“The change comes following three days of stumbling responses from Romney and campaign aides, who admit they were caught unprepared for the explosion of Bain as the dominant topic of the Republican race — “out of nowhere,” one adviser said. And it comes as Romney is aiming to turn his polling lead into a primary win — an early-state hat trick they hope will quickly establish him as the presumptive GOP nominee.”

Wall Street Journal “Pentagon officials went into overdrive Thursday in a bid to prevent a controversial video, which appears to show a group of Marines urinating on militants’ corpses, from turning the Afghan public against the U.S. war effort.”

 

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