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Week In The News: Santorum Out, Zimmerman Charged

George Zimmerman, charged with murder. Santorum throws in the towel.  All eyes on a rocket in North Korea. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

South Korean officials of the Incheon Maritime Police Agency monitor a situation room while on high alert in preparation for North Korea's planned launch of a Unha-3 rocket, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP)

South Korean officials of the Incheon Maritime Police Agency monitor a situation room while on high alert in preparation for North Korea's planned launch of a Unha-3 rocket, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP)

We waited all week for that North Korean rocket on its launch pad to head into space. It blasted off this morning and blew up eighty seconds later. Embarrassment in nuclear North Korea. Relief abroad.

On the US campaign trail, Rick Santorum blew up this week. Or “bowed out” we should say. And the “mommy wars” blew up again, over Ann Romney and her Cadillacs and her kids and what constitutes work.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times

Eleanor Clift, contributing editor at Newsweek and the Daily Beast

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

Los Angeles Times “George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, made his first court appearance on Thursday in Sanford, Fla., and was ordered held pending formal arraignment.”

CBS News “When Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid on Tuesday, he spoke about the illness of his three-year-old daughter, Bella, and expressed a desire to spend more time with her as a parent. But on Thursday, the former Pennsylvania senator suggested the decision largely came down instead to a simple reality: He was out of cold, hard cash.”

Associated Press “The crisis in Syria along with growing concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and a potential North Korean missile test dominated discussions Wednesday between foreign ministers from the Group of Eight leading industrialized democracies.”

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