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Week In The News: Immigration, Guns, Hagel Hearings

Immigration.  Gabby Giffords on guns.  Chuck Hagel in the hot seat.  An Israeli air strike in Syria. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Egyptian protesters run for cover during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt.  (AP)

Egyptian protesters run for cover during clashes with riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

Big noise on big issues this week.  Immigration.  Guns.  Whether big results will follow… quite unclear.  But from “path to citizenship” to Gabby Giffords, the talk was big and compelling.

Hillary Clinton, out at State.  John Kerry in.  Chuck Hagel flayed by his old Republican colleagues in confirmation hearings.

We’ve got Egypt in uproar – a “collapse of the state” warning.  Israeli jets striking inside Syria.  China allegedly hacking the New York Times.  And Ed Koch is gone.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Indira Lakshmanan, senior correspondent covering foreign policy for Bloomberg News. You can read her latest article here. (@indira_l)

Nancy Cordes, congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

Bloomberg News “President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech signaled a desire to avoid foreign entanglements that could endanger his domestic agenda. George Washington wasn’t able to do that, and Obama may not be either.”

The Wall Street Journal “Florida Sen. Marco Rubio knew from the outset that championing a major immigration overhaul would expose him and the Republican Party to multiple perils, so he started doing the spadework early. Working off a tight script, the freshman lawmaker began airing his own ideas weeks before he and a bipartisan group of seven other senators unveiled their package of proposals on Monday.”

The Washington Post “She uttered just 71 words. But Gabrielle Giffords, in delivering her first extended public remarks since she was gunned down in Tucson two years ago, created perhaps the most emotional moment in the fraught debate over the nation’s gun laws.”

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