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Week In The News: Obama And The GOP, Chavez, Filibuster

With Jane Clayson in for Tom Ashbrook.

Obama breaks bread with the GOP. Hugo Chavez. HIV baby cured.

In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, people surround the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as his supporters crowd the streets during the procession from the hospital where he died on Tuesday to a military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP)

In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, people surround the flag-draped coffin carrying the body of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez as his supporters crowd the streets during the procession from the hospital where he died on Tuesday to a military academy where his body will lie in state in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP)

Hope for a new Grand Bargain. The president goes on charm offensive to get a deal with the GOP. Critical differences remain.

Uncertainty swirls about what’s next for Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chavez. Rand Paul filibusters John Brennan and American drone policy. Dennis Rodman’s new BFF Kim Jong-un threatens a nuclear attack. The UN slaps North Korea with new sanctions.

The Dow soars. Ballet star confesses in Bolshoi attack. Backlash grow to allowing knives on planes.

This hour, On Point: Our week in the news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests

Susan Davis, chief Congressional reporter for USA Today. (@davisusan)

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From the Reading List

USA Today “Another day, more Republican outreach for President Obama. The president will lunch Thursday with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 vice presidential nominee. This comes a day after dinner with a dozen Republican senators.”

Reuters “Saluting, clenching fists and making the Roman Catholic sign of the cross over Hugo Chavez’s open casket, Venezuelans crowded on Thursday to see their deceased leader one last time and pledge that his socialist revolution will not die.”

NBC News “The case of a baby who may have been cleared of an HIV infection raises two tantalizing prospects: Is it possible to save even more newborns from infection, and is it possible that other babies may have been cured and no one knows it yet?”

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