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Week In The News: Romney, Murdoch, Arizona In Court

Romney sweeps. Arizona on trial. Murdoch in trouble. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes the stage at an election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes the stage at an election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (AP)

So, it’s Romney’s after all for the GOP this week. Santorum gone. Newt gone. And Mitt channeling Ronald Reagan’s “are you better off than you were four years ago.” President Obama, on the hustings this week, “slow-jammin” and calling out for the youth vote. And the ghosts of elections past, John Edwards, goes on trial.

At the Supreme Court, a sympathetic hearing for Arizona’s get-tough immigration law. In Mexico, Walmart, big bribery, and cover-up. In the U.K., press lord Rupert Murdoch in the hot seat.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

John McCormack, staff writer at the Weekly Standard.

Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor of Time magazine in charge of business and econmics coverage.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Guardian “Murdoch, the News Corp chairman and chief executive, giving his second day of evidence to the inquiry in London, said he was “misinformed and shielded” from what was going on at the News of the World, adding that there was a “cover-up”.”

Politico “With the primary campaign essentially over, Mitt Romney has landed on a new  strategy to keep him in the headlines: getting in President Barack Obama’s face  at every opportunity.”

The Wasington Post “Charles Taylor, the U.S.-educated guerrilla leader who fought his way to the presidency of Liberia, was convicted Thursday of crimes against humanity — including murder, rape and slavery — for his role in assisting a bloody rebel movement in neighboring Sierra Leone.”

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