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Week In The News: Petraeus, Gaza, Obama Meets The Press

Petraeus and scandal. Obama faces the press.  Benghazi hearings.  Israel pounds Hamas. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

A rocket launched by Palestinian militants towards Israel makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP)

A rocket launched by Palestinian militants towards Israel makes its way from the northern Gaza Strip, seen from the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (AP)

It’s been the week of scandal for David Petraeus and General John Allen, but the news rolls on.  Rockets fly between Tel Aviv and Gaza, Israel and Hamas.  Hearings and bluster in Washington over Benghazi.  The president says back off my UN ambassador.

Mitt Romney says Obama bought a second term with “gifts” to the young, Latinos, African-Americans.  Fellow Republicans say ‘stop it , Mitt.’  China’s party bosses name a new top leader.  BP pleads guilty on Deepwater Horizon, but is the fine enough?

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

David Ignatius is a columnist at The Washington Post. He has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years.

Margaret Talev, White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post “The Pentagon disclosed Panetta’s directive on Thursday after he arrived in Thailand as part of a visit to Asia. But aides insisted that he had been considering the review for some time and that it was not prompted by revelations that the FBI has been investigating former CIA director David H. Petraeus, a retired Army general, and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.”

Foreign Policy “It is impossible to know how the conflict will unfold in the days ahead, but what is clear is that the outbreak of violence is the result of a swirl of events that are reshaping power structures within Hamas and its relationships with regional forces, including with Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.”

Al Jazeera “At least 15 Palestinians, including two children, have been killed in Israeli attacks since Wednesday which began with an aerial attack that killed Ahmad Jabari, Hamas military commander who was accused by Israel for overseeing attacks against civilians. “

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