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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

Guests

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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