Week In The News: Obama In Israel, Prison Chief Shot, Iraq Anniversary

President Obama in Israel. Colorado’s prison chief, shot.  The Iraq War, ten years on. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama gestures during his speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, March 21, 2013, (AP)

President Barack Obama gestures during his speech at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, March 21, 2013, (AP)

Bank lines in little Cyprus grab the whole world’s attention this week. Rumors of chemical weapons, too, in the war in Syria. And in President Obama’s first trip to Israel, pledges of undying support and strong moral argument for peace with the Palestinians.

At home, gun violence. Colorado’s prison chief, shot dead at his front door. A Marine gone amok at Quantico. An assault weapons ban, not in the US Senate’s bill. Republican’s rethink immigration. Hillary Clinton comes around to gay marriage.

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

-Tom Ashbrook


Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast, and editor of that site’s“Open Zion” blog. Associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York. (@peterbeinart)

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post. (@ktumulty)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

CBS News “Speaking before a lively and receptive crowd of 600 Israeli students, President Obama today urged the youth of Israel to accept ‘the realization of an independent and viable Palestine.’ A two-state solution, the president suggested, is the only viable path forward for Israel, given the political and technological changes underway.”

Los Angeles Times “As the manhunt expanded Wednesday for the killer of Tom Clements, Colorado’s top corrections official, shock and sadness spread across the nation for the loss of what many called a true innovator in how prisons should work.”

Financial Times “A wave of bombings and assassinations rattled the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, leaving dozens dead and offering a grim reminder of how unstable Iraq remains a decade after US-led forces invaded the country.”.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Oct 8, 2015
In this Aug. 2, 2012 file photo, local newspapers show stories about the controversial strategy to bail the government out of a financial hole, at a restaurant along Seven Mile Beach on the outskirts of George Town on the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands have lost some of their allure by abruptly proposing what amounts to an income tax on expatriate workers who have helped build the territory into one of the most famous or, for some people, notorious offshore banking centers that have tax advantages for foreign investment operations. (AP)

Trillions of dollars are now stashed in protected tax havens around the world, leaving societies’ bills to those at home. We’ll dig in.

Oct 8, 2015
US singer Patti Smith performs during the Way Out West music festival in Gothenburg, Sweden, Saturday, Aug.15, 2015.  (AP)

Iconic rocker, poet of punk, and National Book Award-winning author Patti Smith joins us to talk about her new memoir, “M Train”.

Oct 7, 2015
Students in the new documentary film "Beyond Measure" take part in a project-based learning activity with their peers. (Courtesy the Filmmakers)

Arne Duncan’s headed out as U.S. Education Secretary. What’s next for America’s school kids?

Oct 7, 2015
The Doctors Without Borders trauma center is seen in flames, after explosions near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders announced that the death toll from the bombing of the group's Kunduz hospital compound has risen to at least 16, including 3 children and that tens are missing after the explosions that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.  (AP)

The U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan faces tough questions from Congress. We’re looking for what really happened.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Rep. Daniel Webster: ‘I’m Gonna Sell This Message’
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his retirement and resignation from his position last month, it surprised both his Party and the Washington political establishment.

More »
Our Week In The Web: October 2, 2015
Friday, Oct 2, 2015

We say hello again to our email address (since so many of you did this week) and goodbye to the Log Lady.

More »
Interview With Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Count Me As A Radical’
Thursday, Oct 1, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making waves in the 2016 Presidential race, and he joined us today from the US Capitol to explain how his campaign message is connecting with voters around the country.

More »