Week In The News: DNA Evidence, Turkey, Susan Rice

The Feds and our phone records, the high court and our DNA, hot Turkey, Susan Rice. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military. (AP)

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military. (AP)

Big Brother is listening, it turns out, all over the world.  On Google, on Facebook, on Skype – on just about everything.  This week, we know.  They know.  What next?

We’ve got Susan Rice back in the news, and back in the White House as National Security Adviser.  Bradley Manning on trial.  The Supreme Court signing off on police rights to take your DNA.  On Capitol Hill, a big line-up of military brass, but no breakthrough on sexual assault.

Turkey in turmoil.  Syria bleeds. China’s leader comes to the USA.

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

- Tom Ashbrook


David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. (@sangernyt)

Nancy Cordes, congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Bloomberg: Routine DNA Testing After Arrest Upheld by Top U.S. Court  — “States can routinely collect DNA samples from people arrested for a serious crime, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled, limiting privacy rights and giving police a powerful investigative tool for solving old crimes. The justices, voting 5-4, reinstated Alonzo Jay King Jr.’s conviction for a 2003 Maryland rape, a crime police solved only by matching DNA collected from King when he was arrested on an unrelated assault charge six years later.”

CNN: After a week of fury in Turkey — calm — “The Turkish government’s apology for excessive use of police force and its meetings with opposition leaders and representatives of protesters camped out in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square appeared to have cooled tensions in the commercial capital. But a demonstration nearly 1,000 kilometers southeast, in the city of Adana, resulted in the first reported death of a police officer since the protests erupted.”

Politico: Why President Obama picked Susan Rice — “Since Rahm Emanuel packed his bags, President Barack Obama has recruited senior staffers who mirror his regimented, stay-in-your-lane style — but his choice of Susan Rice as National Security Adviser represents a shift back to the days when the West Wing brimmed with big ideas and even bigger egos.”

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