90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Syria, Fiscal Cliff, Egypt

The White House threatens to go over the fiscal cliff. Tough chemical warfare warnings for Syria. Big bank layoffs. A royal baby bump. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo, residents walk past damaged buildings due to heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria.  (AP)

In this Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 photo, residents walk past damaged buildings due to heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria. (AP)

Fiscal cliff talk all over this week, and a growing sense that we may just go over it.  Or not.  And that either way there’s another monster right on the other side – the debt ceiling. The fiscal chasm.  Heaven help us.

In Washington, Tea Party titan Jim DeMint announces he will leave the US Senate.  Will take his megaphone to a big think tank.  In the Middle East, uproar in Egypt, warnings to Syria on chemical weapons, and Israel announces more settlements.  In Michigan, unions up in arms.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Susan Glasser, editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine.

Nancy Cordes, congressional correspondent, CBS News.

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

al Jazeera “At least five tanks were deployed outside the Egyptian presidential palace in a street where supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi had been clashing into the early hours of the morning, witnesses said. The state news agency said the military deployment on Thursday around the palace was to “secure” the building. Nine armoured troop carriers were also reported on the street outside the palace.”

Washington Post “DeMint’s departure comes during a critical moment for the conservative movement and leaves uncertainty among its ranks in the Senate. After the tea party movement left a deep impact on the 2010 midterm elections, its influence faded in 2012. Meanwhile, the debate over the “fiscal cliff” is raging in Congress, with Democrats pressing Republicans to join them in supporting tax increases for the wealthy, a proposal conservatives have decried.”

New York Times “A new round of diplomacy on the conflict in Syria will begin on Thursday afternoon when Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations special envoy, hosts an unusual three-way meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov.”

Video

Here is Alan Simpson doing “Gangnam Style.” Really.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Sep 22, 2014
President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP/Evan Vucci)

A tough, critical examination of US plans to take on ISIS. Strategy in the hot seat.

Sep 22, 2014
Demonstrators make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York during the People's Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP/Jason DeCrow)

Big climate protests in New York before a big UN summit. Activist and author Naomi Klein says change the economy or die. She’s with us.

RECENT
SHOWS
Sep 19, 2014
Joseph O'Neill (courtesy of the author)

Author of “Netherland,” novelist Joseph O’Neill is back, with “The Dog,” on globalization, capitalism, and self-discovery in Dubai.

 
Sep 19, 2014
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: September 19, 2014
Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Lots of big, contentious topics on the show this week — from Zionism to early education, corporal punishment to development in the Grand Canyon.

More »
Comment
 
Talking Through The Issue Of Corporal Punishment For Kids
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

On Point dove into the debate over corporal punishment on Wednesday — as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson faces charges in Texas after he allegedly hit his four-year-old son with a switch.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

More »
Comment