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Week In The News: Syria, Romney, Bad Jobs Report

Bloody Syria. Romney clinches. Bad jobs numbers. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

This frame grab made from an amateur video provided by Syrian activists on Monday, May 28, 2012, purports to show the massacre in Houla on May 25 that killed more than 100 people, many of them children. The amateur footage shows people running along a street, purportedly just after the attack on Houla started. (AP)

This frame grab made from an amateur video provided by Syrian activists on Monday, May 28, 2012, purports to show the massacre in Houla on May 25 that killed more than 100 people, many of them children. The amateur footage shows people running along a street, purportedly just after the attack on Houla started. (AP)

The country needs good job creation numbers. So does the Obama re-election campaign. They didn’t get them this week. Just 69,000 jobs created in May. Not good. In Texas, Romney clinches the GOP nomination. In North Carolina, John Edwards walks after a jury can’t decide.

In Syria, bloody mayhem. A tipping point says Kofi Annan. It can’t go on. But it does. We’ve got an appeals court rules against the Defense of Marriage Act. New York’s mayor against super-sized sodas. Doc Watson signs off.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Dan Murphy, a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor.

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Foreign Policy “The Syrian government’s crackdown on protesters and armed rebels has produced a seemingly endless stream of grim and grisly days, with more than 9,000 civilians perishing in the violence since March 2011, according to U.N. estimates. Yet some incidents have garnered more international attention than others, either due to the scale of the bloodshed or the savagery of the attack.”

The New York Times “President Obama is putting increasing pressure on European officials to resolve the euro crisis, talking with the leaders of Germany, France and Italy to help lay the groundwork for action before a Group of 20 summit meeting to be held in June in Mexico.”

Washington Post “President Obama’s reelection campaign launched Part 2 of its strategy to discredit Republican challenger Mitt Romney this week, pouncing on his record as Massachusetts governor after more than two weeks of attacks on his years working in private equity.”

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