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Week In The News: Wisconsin, Syrian Massacre, Transit of Venus

With Jacki Lyden in for Tom Ashbrook

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker keeps his job. Equal pay for women shot down the senate. Venus crosses the face of the sun. The roundtable doubles down on the headlines.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the transit of Venus. (NASA)

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the transit of Venus. (NASA)

Guests

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed.

David Shepardson, Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Detroit News.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

 The Detroit News “Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood offered a strategy to address a “distraction  epidemic.” He outlined steps to pass more laws, address technology and crack  down on texting.”

The Washington Post “Instead, the night provided a huge boost for Walker — as well as Republicans in Washington and state capitals who have embraced the same energetic, austere brand of fiscal conservatism as a solution for recession and debt. In a state known for a strong progressive tradition, Walker defended his policies against the full force of the labor movement and the modern left.”

Wall Street Journal “Syrian activists said progovernment forces killed hundreds of people in two attacks, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says U.N. monitors were shot at trying to get to the scene.”

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