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Week In The News: Santorum Wins Big, Syria Aflame, Mortgage Settlement Reached

Rick Santorum’s triple play. Syrians under fire. Gay marriage moves. Obama, insurance, and Catholics. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters at a rally Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Plano, Texas. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters at a rally Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Plano, Texas. (AP)

Housing, Homs, the Catholic Church, Greeks, and Rick Santorum in the news this week. A mega-deal on banks, housing and foreclosure – but not mega enough for many. President Obama in a major wrangle with Catholic bishops over contraception coverage – and looking for a compromise.

Rick Santorum put three sharp victories in the face of the GOP’s supposed front-runner Mitt Romney. Romney won none. In Syria, more grinding attacks. In Greece, real pain and maybe a deal to avoid default. Gisele speaks.
This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.


-Tom Ashbrook

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Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor at Time magazine.

Bryan Monroe, editor of CNNPolitics.com.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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Huffington Post “Borrowers will not release any claims in exchange for a payment. And $3.5 billion will go to state and federal governments to be used to repay public funds lost as a result of mortgage servicer misconduct and to fund housing counselors, legal aid and other similar public programs determined by the state attorneys general.”

CBS News “The U.N. Secretary General accused Syria of “appalling brutality” as government troops kill hundreds of civilians. CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward reports from the front lines in Syria.”

L.A. Times “But even before the Legislature had voted, opponents were making plans to overturn the measure at the ballot box. They have until June 6 to submit at least 120,577 signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot. If they succeed, the law would not take effect pending results of the vote. A simple majority would decide whether to retain the law, the Seattle Times reported.”

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