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Week In The News: Inauguration, Clinton Hearings, Women In Combat

Obama 2.0. Hillary in the hot seat. Women cleared for combat. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP)

Term two for Barack Obama, off and running this week.  If Beyonce was lip-syncing, the President was not.  It was a clear progressive message in his inaugural address.  We’ve got to succeed together.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Republicans regrouping, looking for their way forward. In the hot hearings seat, Hillary Clinton banged the table on Benghazi.  John Kerry is lining up for Secretary of State.  The debt ceiling’s pushed off a bit.  And the Pentagon clears women for combat.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Karen DeYoung, associate editor and senior national security correspondent at the Washington Post. (@karendeyoung1)

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. (@majorcbs)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

The Washington Post “Sen. John F. Kerry, testifying before a Senate committee on his nomination to become secretary of state, said U.S. foreign policy is defined by much more than military intervention abroad and the fight against terrorism, and he called for consensus on promoting American leadership on matters ranging from food security to climate change”

The New York Times “This was a president unbound from much of what defined him upon taking office four years ago, a man clearly cognizant of time already running down on his opportunity to make his imprint on the country and on history.”

Reuters “The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles on Thursday in a historic step toward gender equality in U.S. armed forces after 11 years of nonstop war. The decision came with important caveats, and sweeping change will not happen overnight for women, nearly 300,000 of whom have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.”

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