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Week In The News: Gay Marriage, Bomber Nabbed, France Votes

President Obama backs gay marriage. Big elections shake Europe. A double-agent and Al Qaeda. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind on the headlines.

Sen. Richard Lugar leaves following a concession speech Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Indianapolis. Lugar lost his Republican Senate primary on Tuesday to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. (AP)

Sen. Richard Lugar leaves following a concession speech Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Indianapolis. Lugar lost his Republican Senate primary on Tuesday to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. (AP)

Crowded house this week in the news. European voters kicked it off with a bang and a “no” to austerity. President Obama kicked it up big with a “yes” to gay marriage, and a whole new election angle is born. We’ve got bloody mayhem in Syria. The august Republican moderate Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, out, to a Tea Party man.

A double agent with a scary new bomb out of Al Qaeda land. Mitt Romney wrestling with bullying charges from 1965. And JP Morgan loses billions betting risky – faster than you can say “bail-out.”

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for National Journal.

Mona Charen, syndicated columnist and political analyst

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “President Obama’s decision to endorse same-sex marriage undoubtedly entails some political risk, but recent polls suggest that public opinion is increasingly on his side.”

Foreign Policy “But just how significant is Lugar’s loss? Does it really signify something more than the defeat of an octogenarian who had worn out his welcome with a state he has not resided in since 1977?”

The Washington Post “Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.”

In Memoriam: Where The Wild Things Are

Check out this funny photo of the president reading from the late Maurie Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.”

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, and first dog Bo, reads "Where the Wild things Are" during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 9, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Author Maurice Sendak died this week. (AP)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, and first dog Bo, reads "Where the Wild things Are" during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 9, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Author Maurice Sendak died this week. (AP)

Mitt Romney’s Past

Here’s a photo of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in high school.

Mitt Romney's high school yearbook photo. (AP)

Mitt Romney's high school yearbook photo. (AP)

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