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Week In The News: Afghanistan Erupts, Romney Survives, Iran Strike Debated

Romney lives. Deadly allies in Afghanistan. More war talk on Iran. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Afghans display an effigy of the US President Barack Obama during anti-US protest over burning of Qurans at a military bass in Afghanistan, in Ghani Khail, east of Kabul Friday, Feb. 24,2012. (AP)

Afghans display an effigy of the US President Barack Obama during anti-US protest over burning of Qurans at a military bass in Afghanistan, in Ghani Khail, east of Kabul Friday, Feb. 24,2012. (AP)

A bad week to be in Baba Amr, the Syrian opposition stronghold crushed by government forces.  A bad week for Harrisburg, Illinois, with its monster tornado.  For Chardon, Ohio – school shooting.  For US troops in Afghanistan, attacked, killed, by Afghan allies.

It was a good week for Mitt Romney.  He took Michigan.  Arizona.  On health care coverage and contraception, it depends where you stand.  Democrats won a vote crying personal freedom, women’s rights.  Republicans cried religious freedom.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

 

Guests

David Gergan, is a senior political analyst for CNN and has served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents. He is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jamie Tarabay, managing editor of White House and national security & foreign affairs for National Journal

Jack Beatty,On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

National Journal “The contraception battle has also dominated the campaign trail. On Wednesday, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said he opposed the Blunt amendment during an interview on the Ohio News Network. His campaign quickly walked back those comments, saying Romney supported the amendment.”

Foreign Policy “The United States and North Korea have each issued statements about the results of last week’s meetings in China, but the two sides seem to be reading from two different sheets of paper. ”

Al Jazeera “As the offensive on the central city of Homs intensified, Syria’s main opposition group formed a military council to organize the armed resistance and funnel weapons to rebels, a sign of how deeply militarized the conflict has become over the past year as Syria veers closer to a civil war.”

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