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Week In The News: Syria, Colorado, Sandusky

Romney-Obama head-to-head on the economy. Civil War in Syria. Sandusky. Colorado burns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

People gather on a hill to watch the High Park wildfire near Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, June 11, 2012. The wildfire is burning out of control in northern Colorado, while an unchecked blaze choked a small community in southern New Mexico as authorities in both regions battled fires Monday. (AP)

People gather on a hill to watch the High Park wildfire near Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday, June 11, 2012. The wildfire is burning out of control in northern Colorado, while an unchecked blaze choked a small community in southern New Mexico as authorities in both regions battled fires Monday. (AP)

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney this week, asking the country: “what’s it going to be?” Romney’s clear-the-decks, free market, ditch government economy? Or Obama’s educate, invest, defend-the-middle class economy? Verdict in November. In Colorado, New Mexico, raging fires. Sandusky trial, terrible testimony.

Congress, easy on mega-banker Jamie Dimon, tough on Attorney General Eric Holder. In Egypt, the military pushes back. A cry of coup. In Syria, of civil war. Greece, Spain, Europe, scaring the world.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jill Dougherty, foreign affairs correspondent for CNN.

Howard Fineman, editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “The high court, packed with sympathizers of the ousted president, appeared to be engaged in a frontal legal assault on the Muslim Brotherhood, the once-outlawed organization whose members swept to power in Parliament this spring and whose candidate was the front-runner for the presidency as well.”

Wall Street Journal “R. Allen Stanford, the once-highflying financier convicted of masterminding a $7 billion Ponzi scheme, was sentenced Thursday to 110 years in federal prison.”

Washington Post “On a day of dueling economic speeches, Mitt Romney fired the first shots after moving his address up a half-hour, saying the policies that President Obama put in place had made it harder for America to create more jobs, rather than easier.”

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