PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: North Korea, Dead Lawmen, Texas Manhunt

All eyes on North Korea. More dead lawmen, and a Texas manhunt.  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion, wearing anti-chemical suits check mock chemical pollutants on each other for a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony to recognize the battalion's official return to the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP)

Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion, wearing anti-chemical suits check mock chemical pollutants on each other for a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony to recognize the battalion’s official return to the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP)

Korea and jobs – or not enough jobs – at the top of the news this week.  North Korea’s stream of threats got bigger.  Scarier.  We’re used to ignoring it.  This week, we’re not so sure.  The March jobs report – crummy.  Just 88,000 jobs added last month.  Down from 268,000 in February.

Lots of gun talk.  New state gun laws.  And lawmen, gunned down.  In Texas.  In West Virginia.  We may have an immigration deal coming.  We do have a big pipeline spill in Arkansas.  And a Rutgers coach, out over anger management.

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

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Tom Gjelten, national security correspondent for NPR. (@tgjelten)

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for Bloomberg. (@margarettalev)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN “North Korea stirred up fresh unease in Northeast Asia early Thursday, threatening attacks by a smaller, lighter and diversified’ nuclear force and warning, ‘The moment of explosion is approaching fast.’ The new threat came after the North Koreans locked South Korean workers out of a joint factory complex and announced plans to restart a nuclear reactor it shut down five years ago. Meanwhile, the United States announced it was sending ballistic missile defenses to Guam, a Pacific territory that’s home to U.S. naval and air bases”

Los Angeles Times “This North Texas community about 35 miles east of Dallas prepared early Thursday to mourn the sudden loss of Dist. Atty. Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. McLelland, 63, and his wife, 65, were gunned down at their home in nearby Forney on Saturday, less than two months after another Kaufman County prosecutor, Mark Hasse, 57, was shot and killed outside the courthouse. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with either shooting, authorities said.”

USA Today “Rutgers University has fired coach Mike Rice less than 24 hours after ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired video footage of Rice physically abusing players, the school announced on Wednesday morning. ‘Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,’ the school statement read.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 26, 2016
This Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows a "For Sale" sign hanging in front of an existing home in Atlanta.  Short of savings and burdened by debt, America's millennials are struggling to afford their first homes in the face of sharply higher prices in many of the most desirable cities. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

No more ’empty nest’. A third of millennials now live at home with their parents. We’ll look at what’s still pushing that trend.

May 26, 2016
This March 16, 2015 photo shows portraits of now-retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Marshall Powell, right, and his wife, Arasi, at their home in Crescent, Okla. Powell suffers from a psychological wound called "moral injury" after serving as an Army nurse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Arasi, also a soldier who served in Iraq, had received treatment for PTSD. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

In advance of Memorial Day, we’ll talk with Sebastian Junger about vets coming home and missing their “Tribe.” Plus, a WWII veteran remembers life on and off and the battlefield.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 25, 2016
Police gather in a cordoned off area where a possible murder suspect fired shots at officers surrounding a South Side home where he is barricaded Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Predictive policing. With violence on the rise, Chicago has turned to big data to predict gun and gang violence.

 
May 25, 2016
This April 29, 2014, file photo, shows an Exxon sign at a Exxon gas station in Carnegie, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

How will the oil giants do business in the climate change future? Shareholders at Exxon, Chevron and more want to hear their plans. So do we.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
WWII Vet Larry Kirby Reflects On American Values
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Looking ahead to Memorial Day, a World War II veteran looks back at the relationships that mattered to him, both in and out of war.

More »
Comment
 
Gloria Steinem Explains Her ‘Bernie Boys’ Comment
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Feminist activist Gloria Steinem explains why her apparent diss of female supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders was anything but.

More »
Comment
 
‘Best Of’ 2016 Commencement Speeches
Monday, May 16, 2016

Excerpts from a few of the best commencement speeches delivered to the graduating class of 2016.

More »
Comment