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Week In The News: Guns, Algeria Hostages, Dreamliner Grounded

The President’s push on guns. Hostage nightmare in Algeria. Boeing’s Dreamliner grounded. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan after it made an emergency landing Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The flight to Tokyo from Ube in western Japan landed at the airport after a cockpit message showed battery problems, in the latest trouble for the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner.” (AP)

An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan after it made an emergency landing Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The flight to Tokyo from Ube in western Japan landed at the airport after a cockpit message showed battery problems, in the latest trouble for the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner.” (AP)

Guns, hostages, and Lance Armstrong in the news this week. America and guns, as the President makes his pitch for new gun safety, controls, background checks, limits in defense of life.

Instant blowback claimed on the French in Mali in a hostage nightmare in Algeria. Don’t mess with the Algerian army.

We’ve got Boeing’s Dreamliner on the ground. The skies of Beijing in epic smog. Lance Armstrong confessing to Oprah. An inauguration on the way. And Dear Abby goes to her reward.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jake Tapper, anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN, starting on January 23rd. Author of “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.” (@jaketapper)

Kelly O’Donnell, Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News. (@kellyo)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

ABC News “President Obama said Wednesday that his plan to curb gun violence would not come to fruition ‘unless the American people demand it.’   And today, he began mobilizing his still-active presidential campaign apparatus to do just that.”

The Guardian “The Algerian military operation at the gas field near In Amenas is still going on, the communications minister said on national television. ‘Unfortunately we deplore some deaths and some people wounded,’ said Communications Minister Mohamed Said Belaid. ‘We don’t yet have the numbers.'”

Chicago Tribune “With its new plane ordered to stay on the ground, Boeing Co. confronts a full-fledged crisis as it struggles to regain the confidence of passengers and the airline customers who stood by the 787 Dreamliner during years of cost overruns and delivery delays.”

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