Week In The News: Cliff Deal, Sandy Relief, Hillary’s Health

A fiscal cliff deal. Uproar over Sandy relief. Hillary’s health. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, (AP)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, (AP)

Hello, 2013!  What a way to clear a New Year.

In a week of high-wire, politics in Washington with the nation’s whole economy on the line.  Bottom line:  if you make four, 450K-plus, your taxes are going up.  A win for the president.  Wall Street roared.  Republicans said this isn’t over.  There’s more cliff to come.

Debt ceiling.  Spending.  John Boehner’s back as speaker.  A hurricane over Hurricane Sandy relief.  Hilary Clinton’s health an issue.  Al Jazeera buys Al Gore’s TV channel.  Sandy Hook, back to school.

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

-Tom Ashbrook


Robert Costa, Washington editor at the National Review.

Annie Lowrey, economic policy correspondent for the New York Times.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s reading List

The Washington Post “House Speaker John A. Boehner narrowly won reelection Thursday to a second term overseeing a chamber that has proved difficult for him to manage, surviving a rebellion from the most conservative wing of his GOP caucus.”

CNN “After a firestorm of criticism from Northeast Republicans, the House of Representatives is expected to take up an aid package on Friday meant to address those still reeling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Lawmakers will consider $9 billion in immediate assistance for flood insurance and will weigh another $51 billion in broader aid on January 15.”

The Los Angeles Times “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from a New York hospital Wednesday evening after doctors treated her for a blood clot that had formed behind her ear.”

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Oct 9, 2015
A manhole begins to spill over with floodwaters as high tide approaches at Dorchester Road at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.  (AP)

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, photo, Devlin D'Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works on his laptop at the company's offices in Boston. (AP)

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In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, local newspapers show stories about the controversial strategy to bail the government out of a financial hole, at a restaurant along Seven Mile Beach on the outskirts of George Town on the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands have lost some of their allure by abruptly proposing what amounts to an income tax on expatriate workers who have helped build the territory into one of the most famous or, for some people, notorious offshore banking centers that have tax advantages for foreign investment operations. (AP)

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