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Week In The News: Cleveland Escape, Military Sexual Assault, Mark Sanford

The Cleveland horrors. Dow 15,000. More sexual assault in the U.S. military. Mark Sanford. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Welcome home signs are shown near Seymour Street where three women were found in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013, after being missing for ten years. (David Duprey/AP)

Welcome home signs are shown near Seymour Street where three women were found in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 2013, after being missing for ten years. (David Duprey/AP)

A week of horrors, and escape.  In Cleveland, three women blessedly free after a decade in a house of horrors.  Just grotesque.  And in the US military, a big survey finds more sexual abuse than ever – and the Air Force chief of sexual assault prevention is charged with sexual assault.

Abroad, Israel hits Syria.  Moscow and Washington talk.  Hackers go on a global ATM thieving spree.  We’ve got Benghazi back in the news.  Mark Sanford back in politics.  Burial for a Boston bomber.  Immigration moves.

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

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Elizabeth Sullivan, editorial page editor at The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent at The New York Times. (@SangerNYT)

Jack BeattyOn Point news analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

Cleveland Plain Dealer: 7 Things We Learned Today About The Captivity Of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus And Michelle Knight — “Thursday’s events surrounding the incredible escape Monday of three women held for a decade or more in a home on the West Side focused on the suspect in the case, 52-year-old Ariel Castro.”

TIME: Fear of Reprisal: The Quiet Accomplice in the Military’s Sexual-Assault Epidemic — “An estimated 26,000 people in the U.S. military were victims of sexual assaults in 2012, a substantial increase from an estimated 19,000 in 2010, according to an analysis of a Department of Defense (DoD) survey (sexual assaults are defined broadly from rape to ‘unwanted sexual touching’). But of those estimated 26,000, there were only 3,374 sexual assault reports last year.”

Politico: Mark Sanford Defeats Elizabeth Colbert Busch — “Republican Mark Sanford has defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District special election. The victory caps a dramatic comeback by the scandal-tinged former governor, whose political career was left for dead four years ago when he was caught lying about an extramarital affair.”

The Washington Post: Senators Clash Over Border Security Proposals In Immigration Bill — “On the first day of debate over amendments, senators on the Judiciary Committee zeroed in on how well the 844-page legislation, developed by a bipartisan group of eight senators, is able to stem illegal immigration along the Southwest border.”

WBUR: Police: Dead Boston Bombing Suspect Is Buried — “Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was secretly buried in an undisclosed location outside Worcester after a frustrating weeklong search for a community willing to take the body, police said Thursday.”

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