Week In The News: Etch-a-Sketch, Trayvon Martin, French Terrorist

Mitt Romney’s Etch-a-Sketch. Energy issues front and center. Trayvon Martin. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds an Etch A Sketch as he speaks to USAA employees during a campaign stop, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds an Etch A Sketch as he speaks to USAA employees during a campaign stop, Thursday, March 22, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP)

Young, dead Trayvon Martin got his day in the court of public opinion this week.  Anger.  Anguish.  The eyes of the world on the story of the teen who died and on the scales of justice.  On the primary trail, Mitt Romney falls on an Etch-a-Sketch this week, and the assertion that everything he says is rewritable for the fall campaign.

Energy issues go big.  Newt says drill.  The President says that won’t do it.  Says use brain power.  We’ve got more crazy hot weather, a killer in France, and charges coming down on Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

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

-Tom Ashbrook


Clarence Page, Pulitzer-Prize-winning nationally syndicated columnist and editorial board member at the Chicago Tribune.

Susan Davis, chief congressional correspondent for USA Today.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New York Times “Facing mounting protests over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer, the Sanford City Commission voted on Wednesday that they had no confidence in the city’s police chief.”

France 24 “Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old man who confessed to killing three French soldiers and four people at a Jewish school, died from a gunshot wound to the head Thursday after police stormed his home in Toulouse following a 32-hour stand-off. ”

Christian Science Monitor “A Romney aide said that for the fall campaign, the candidate could hit the reset button, making the comparison to how the toy works. But the Romney Etch A Sketch comment may not be remembered for long. ”


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