Sequester: day one. The Pope, now emeritus. US aid to Syrian rebels. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Cue the Jaws music. It is sequester day. The week the cuts are cast in stone. Friday at midnight, barring a miracle. Ok, the world won’t fall apart tomorrow. But nobody calls this good government. And here we are.
In Rome, the Pope has left the building. Choppered out of the Vatican. There is no Pope. In the Supreme Court, conservative justices express skepticism over the need for the Voting Rights Act.
In Syria, new US funds will flow to rebels, to balance Islamic radical strength. Bradley Manning makes his plea.
This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.
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The Wall Street Journal “With mandatory across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday, the White House and congressional Republicans are poised to let the deadline pass, each calculating that their hand in negotiations only grows stronger if they scorn a quick compromise.”
Christian Science Monitor “In keeping with his shy and modest ways, there will be no public ceremony to mark the first papal resignation in six centuries and no solemn declaration ending his nearly eight-year reign at the head of the world’s largest church.”
Reuters “The United States will send non-lethal aid directly to Syrian rebels for the first time, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, disappointing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad who are clamoring for Western weapons.”