Week In The News: Newt Gains, Keystone Nixed, SOPA Protest

President Obama says no to the Keystone pipeline. Cruise ship disaster. Newt gains ground in South Carolina. Wikipedia goes dark. Our weekly news roundtable dives in.

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reacts, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Beaufort, S.C. (AP)

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reacts, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Beaufort, S.C. (AP)

What a week in South Carolina and Republican politics. Perry, out. Huntsman, out. Newt Gingrich surging hot in the polls, then angry up against an open marriage lament from an ex-wife. Romney with his sweet tax rate and millions in the Cayman Islands. Rick Santorum as Mr. Steady. Ron Paul as the sage.

In the Great Plains, no Keystone pipeline, says the president. Oil men up in arms. And off the coast of Italy, the incredible spectacle of a giant cruise ship, keeled over and going down. SOS!

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

-Tom Ashbrook


Juan Williams, political analyst for Fox News. He was a panelist at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal GOP debate Monday Night in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. Author of: “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.”

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “Mr. Perry, who opened his bid for the Republican presidential nomination five months ago here in South Carolina, conceded that “there is no viable path forward for me.” He urged Republicans to support Mr. Gingrich, who he conceded was not a perfect candidate, but was the best conservative alternative in the race.”

Politico “A simple formula, but an important one for Obama’s reelection chances: He won Florida in 2008 but faces a greater challenge there in 2012. The Sunshine State has been battered by the recession and housing crisis, and unemployment hovers above the national average at about 10 percent.”

ABC News “In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.”

Daily Beast “America is once again stumbling toward war. If we’ve learned anything from the past, it’s that we’d better debate Iran policy before, not after, the fighting begins. ”


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