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Week In The News: Romney-Ryan, Immigration, New Galaxy

Paul Ryan shakes the race. Candidates cry foul. Young immigrants get a break. There’s a new galaxy on the map. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Young immigrants stand in a long line at Chicago's Navy Pier on Wednesday, Aug.15, 2012, for guidance with a new federal program that would help them work legally in the United States and avoid deportation. (AP)

Young immigrants stand in a long line at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Wednesday, Aug.15, 2012, for guidance with a new federal program that would help them work legally in the United States and avoid deportation. (AP)

Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket and on the trail this week, as the presidential campaign swirls with “gutter” charges.   Mitt Romney talks taxes, just a little.  Joe Biden talks chains.  Medicare, big in the spotlight.

In Afghanistan, a Blackhawk down and more Americans killed by so-called allies.  In Moscow, a guilty verdict for punk rockers protestors.  In London, little Ecuador gives asylum to Wikileak’s Julian Assange.

We’ve got a wave of young immigrants signing up for work permits.  More wildfire.  A new cluster of galaxies gushing new stars.

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

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter for The Washington Post for The Washington Post.

Ginger Gibson, national political reporter for POLITICO.

From Tom’s Reading List:

New York Times “Four years ago, John Brooks cast his ballot for Barack Obama, becoming one of the voters won over by his promise for changing Washington. This time, he had been undecided, but he said Mitt Romney made his decision easier by placing Representative Paul D. Ryan on the Republican ticket.”

Washington Post “The Obama administration kicked off one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades Wednesday, accepting applications from young illegal immigrants for the temporary right to live and work openly in the United States without fear of deportation.”

POLITICO “For Ohio voters, the 2012 campaign is starting to look like déjà vu all over again. With Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, some familiar battle lines are emerging: a Republican ticket promises to make tough, bold choices in order to solve major economic and fiscal problems while Democrats brand the GOP as a radical party bent on selling out the middle class at the behest of Wall Street.”

Video: Russia’s Pussy Riot at Christ the Savior Cathedral

Here’s a video of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot performing at Christ the Savior Cathedral. Because of this video, they were charged and found guilty of hooliganism driven by religious hatred:

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