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Week In The News: Debate; Bomb Plot; Felix Jumps

An in-your-face debate, a bomb plot at the Fed, Lance Armstrong steps aside.

Bangladeshi Quazi Ahsanullah displays a photograph of his son Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis as he weeps in his home in the Jatrabari neighborhood in north Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The FBI arrested 21-year-old Nafis on Wednesday after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) car bomb, according to a criminal complaint. His family said Thursday that Nafis was incapable of such actions. (AP)

Bangladeshi Quazi Ahsanullah displays a photograph of his son Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis as he weeps in his home in the Jatrabari neighborhood in north Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. The FBI arrested 21-year-old Nafis on Wednesday after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound (454-kilogram) car bomb, according to a criminal complaint. His family said Thursday that Nafis was incapable of such actions. (AP)

Tough debate and a blessed respite of humor in late campaign season this week. White tie jokes and world wrestling slams. The president scratches back some ground in the town hall. Mitt Romney pounds on big promises and fear of flailing. Tax plans, math, Benghazi, and binders full of women all have their day.

In New York, a hapless plot, we’re told, to bomb the Fed. In the Boy Scout files, tales of abuse. From the edge of space, a jump to Earth.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for National Journal.

Lisa Lerer, reporter for Bloomberg News.

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Daily Beast “President Obama brought up Planned Parenthood three separate times at Tuesday’s town hall debate. It was an appeal aimed directly at a key part of his base: If he is reelected, it will be because of the Single Nation.”

The Washington Post “In the days after the November election, the tables will be turned: Taxes are scheduled torise dramatically in January for people at all income levels, and Republicans will be unable to stop those automatic increases alone.”

Foreign Policy “If the Treasury finds that manipulation is taken place, the law requires them to “take action to initiate negotiations … for the purpose of ensuring that such countries regularly and promptly adjust the rate of exchange.” As a number of experts have pointed out, the United States and China already are in negotiations over China’s exchange rate, so it’s not clear what the label would actually change.”

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