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Week In The News: Komen Cuts Funding, Egypt’s Riot, Romney Wins Florida

Romney wins Florida – dings the poor. Komen breaks ties with Planned Parenthood. Facebook looks for the giant IPO. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Egyptian fans rush into the field following Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Dozens of Egyptians were killed Wednesday in violence following a soccer match in Port Said, when fans flooded the field seconds after a match against a rival team was over, Egypt's Health ministry said. (AP)

Egyptian fans rush into the field following Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Dozens of Egyptians were killed Wednesday in violence following a soccer match in Port Said, when fans flooded the field seconds after a match against a rival team was over, Egypt's Health ministry said. (AP)

8.3 percent unemployment is the story of the week. Been up so long it looks like down to us. Progress, we hope. And right behind that number this week, a big Mitt Romney win in Florida. Celebration. Then gaffe time again, talking about the poor. Newt Gingrich says he cares about everyone and will fight all the way.

The Susan G. Komen foundation says no more funding to Planned Parenthood. It’s a big deal. Hideous soccer riots in Egypt. They look political. Facebook will go public.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

John McCormack, staff writer at the Weekly Standard.

Howard Fineman, editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

News Update: Komen Revises Planned Parenthood Funding Decision

The news (see the Washington Post’s report) came in after we taped the show today. We’ll have more on Monday.

From Tom’s Reading List

Wall Street Journal “Facebook Inc. filed for an initial public offering Wednesday that could value the social network between $75 billion and $100 billion, putting the company on track for one of the biggest U.S. stock-market debuts of all time. ”

Al Jazeera “Nearly 10,000 protesters, including sports fans, rallied on Thursday demanding retribution for the deadly violence in Port Said, which most blamed on police inaction.”

Foreign Policy “The evident confusion among senior policy makers in the administration prefigures the administration’s cratering commitment to win the war in Afghanistan. The White House has narrowed its war aims from defeating all threats to only defeating al Qaeda. The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, testified to Congress this week that the deaths of senior al Qaeda leadership have brought us to a “critical transitional phase for the terrorist threat,” in which the organization has a better than 50 percent probability of fragmenting and becoming incapable of mass-casualty attacks.  “

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