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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

Guests

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.”.

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