Week In The News: Syria, Super Tuesday, Solar Flares

Romney rolls on. Obama hits “loose talk” of war. McCain calls for Syria intervention. Peyton moves on. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

An image released by NASA on March 5, 2012 is a view of a X1 solar flare in a new active region on the sun, region 1429. It has let loose two M-class flares and one X-class so far.  (AP)

An image released by NASA on March 5, 2012 is a view of a X1 solar flare in a new active region on the sun, region 1429. It has let loose two M-class flares and one X-class so far. (AP)

A lot of votes but no “done deal” in the GOP primary race this week.  Romney out front.  Santorum still in.  Gingrich.  Paul.  Republican frustration aplenty.  Primarypalooza goes on.  Netanyahu in D.C.  War talk on Iran, and a warning against “loose talk” on war.

We’ve got another “no” vote on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Decent jobs numbers and more recovery hopes.  Desperate scenes out of Syria and calls for intervention.  Limbaugh under fire.  Viral fury over Uganda.  A new iPad, out.  Peyton Manning, out.

Up next, On Point:  our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook


Margaret Carlson, political columnist for Bloomberg.

Jessica Yellin, chief White House correspondent for CNN.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Politico “To win either of those deepest of Deep South locales would be to reverse what has become, for Romney supporters, one of the most dismaying and embarrassing trends of the 2012 primaries: that Romney could become the GOP nominee, but only after being roundly and repeatedly rejected in the party’s geographic core.”

Wall Street Journal “More than 75% of private-sector creditors have pledged to take part in Greece’s planned €200 billion ($262.98 billion) debt swap, a Greek government official said late Thursday, as Athens prepared to announce early Friday the participation level in the largest-ever such debt restructuring. ”

The Washington Post ” The United States and five other world powers pressed Iran on Thursday to grant U.N. inspectors access to alleged nuclear research sites inside the country, amid reports that Iranian officials are moving to clean up a key military installation outside Tehran.”

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Oct 7, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders trauma center is seen in flames, after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.  (AP)

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