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Week In The News: Tornado Cleanup, Counterterrorism, British Soldier Murdered

Oklahoma’s monster tornado. The president on counterterrorism. A vote on gay Boy Scouts.

President Obama talks about national security, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

President Obama talks about national security, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

A tornado eating whole blocks, like Godzilla, tore open this week. Now it’s Oklahoma Strong, and the whole country looking on in awe at nature — humans included.

The hot seat stays hot in Washington. For Lois Lerner at the IRS. So hot she took the Fifth. For Apple CEO Tim Cook, on Apple’s cutting-edge tax avoidance.

The Boy Scouts of America take a vote and welcome gay members.

The president says the war on terror must end, but doesn’t end it.  A terrible attack in London.  With knives.

Up next On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Meredith Shiner, staff writer for Roll Call. (@meredithshiner)

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News and Correspondent-at-Large with the National Journal (@MajorCBS)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

ABC News: Thunderstorms Slow Oklahoma Tornado Cleanup — “The first of the funerals, for a 9-year-old girl killed at a Moore elementary school that took a direct hit in Monday’s storm, took place Thursday morning. A family photo showed the girl, Antonia Candelaria, beaming with a big smile and wearing a white sun hat. Early estimates indicate the tornado caused more than $2 billion of damage in Moore. Whole subdivisions in the fast-growing community of 56,000 people were destroyed.”

USA Today: Obama Outlines Counterterrorism Policy — ” In a sweeping speech about the future of counter-terrorism, President Obama outlined new rules Thursday for overseas drone strikes and revamped efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The president discussed Afghanistan, Benghazi, and ongoing investigations of national security news leaks, while questioning the concept of the “global war on terror” that has prevailed since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”

CNN: Holder: Drone Strikes Have Killed Four Americans Since 2009 — “In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Attorney General Eric Holder said the United States specifically targeted and killed one American citizen, al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, in 2011 in Yemen, alleging he was plotting attacks against the United States. The letter provided new details about al-Awlaki’s alleged involvement in bomb plots targeting U.S. aviation. Holder also said the Obama administration was aware of three other Americans who had been killed in counterterrorism operations overseas.”

WBUR: FBI: Man Fatally Shot In Boston Bombing Probe — “Chechen immigrant living in Florida was fatally shot early Wednesday by investigators who were questioning him about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. The FBI says the man turned violent during a meeting with a Boston FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers.”

BBC: Woolwich Attack: The Suspected Attackers — “Details have begun to emerge about the two men suspected of brutally murdering a serving soldier in a street in Woolwich, southeast London. Sources have confirmed to the BBC both were known to the security services prior to the attack. Police have yet to release the names of the two suspects, who are both under arrest but currently receiving treatment for injures after being shot by armed police.”

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