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Week In The News: Obama Reelected, GOP Shaken, Nor’easter

Obama wins four more years.  A shaken GOP looks ahead.  And snow moves in as folks pick up from Sandy.

Supporters cheer at the end of President Barack Obama remarks during an election night party, early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP)

Supporters cheer at the end of President Barack Obama remarks during an election night party, early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP)

When the week began, we were the “toss-up” nation.  Could be Romney, could be Obama.  Who knew?  And then, we knew.  And it’s Barack Obama, for a second term.  The election was not, in the end, such a squeaker.  Are we still divided?  Yes.  In Congress, certainly.

But even there, sounds – maybe  – of room to talk this week as the fiscal cliff looms.  Republicans, reading election results and thinking again.  Democrats, calmed for the moment and considering.  And Sandy’s wreckage, now chilled.  Big week.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Karen Tumulty, national political reporter for the Washington Post.

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for National Journal.

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post “Three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage, which is the civil rights cause of our times. One day we will look back and wonder how people could have been so willing to deny equal treatment under the law to a small minority — and Tuesday will stand as one of the most important moments marking the end of that cruelty.”

New York Times “A couple of decades ago, Prince William County was one of the mostly white, somewhat rural, far-flung suburbs where Republican candidates went to accumulate the votes to win elections in Virginia.”

Weekly Standard “Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.  In 2010, they failed to win the Senate when it was theirs for the taking. Now they’ve lost the White House to President Obama, despite his poor record and the likelihood things won’t get any better in his second term.  And they failed again to capture the Senate, though a takeover was initially thought to be a cinch.”

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Oct 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

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Awards Season 2014: The Movies Worth Your Time
Friday, Oct 31, 2014

What movies should you watch before 2014 comes to a close? Our critics offer their picks for the movies of the season right here.

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A Bit More On The History Of Quarantine
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

So this whole quarantine thing — why to do it, when to do it, and when to just say no.

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