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Obama and Putin’s chilly meeting. The Supreme Court says no to Arizona’s voter ID law. Protests rock Brazil. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (Evan Vucci/AP)

World in motion this week. In the streets of Brazil, huge crowds up in arms. In Iran, voters go moderate for a president.  On Wall Street, the Fed and China’s banks sparking a sell-off. In Congress, with a “border surge” pushing immigration reform.

Some things didn’t move. The farm bill. Talks with the Taliban. Putin with Obama — unmoved on Syria. The Supreme Court, with a “no” to Arizona’s citizenship test.

We’ve got the NSA, leaked again. And James Gandolfini — Tony Soprano — gone too soon.

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

– Tom Ashbrook

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Bryan Monroe, editor of CNN Politics. (@BryanMonroeCNN)

Trudy Rubin, foreign affairs columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. (@trudyrubin)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

Al Jazeera: Karzai ‘Willing To Join’ Taliban Peace Talks — “The talks were thrown into disarray when Karzai cancelled a planned delegation to the newly opened Taliban office in Doha because he said the US broke commitments that the office would not be seen as an embassy or government-in-exile.”

The New York Times: Web’s Reach Binds N.S.A. And Silicon Valley Leaders — “Silicon Valley has what the spy agency wants: vast amounts of private data and the most sophisticated software available to analyze it. The agency in turn is one of Silicon Valley’s largest customers for what is known as data analytics, one of the valley’s fastest-growing markets. To get their hands on the latest software technology to manipulate and take advantage of large volumes of data, United States intelligence agencies invest in Silicon Valley start-ups, award classified contracts and recruit technology experts.”

CNN: Senate Immigration Deal Includes Tougher Border Security — “A bipartisan amendment intended to increase Republican support for a Senate immigration bill would require 20,000 more border agents, completing a 700-mile fence on the frontier with Mexico and taking other steps before undocumented immigrants can get green cards, GOP sponsors of the compromise said Thursday.”

NPR: Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Voting Law — “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a state-mandated requirement that prospective voters in Arizona provide proof of citizenship to be able to register to vote in national elections. But some experts are concerned that the court may have inserted a few ‘poison pills’ in its opinion that would damage voting-rights protections someday down the road.”

The Economist: T time: The G8 Pledges To Tackle The ‘Three Ts’ — “A new seven-point strategy to end the bloodshed in Syria was the headline-grabber from the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17th-18th. But the leaders of some of the world’s richest economies also made progress on the ‘three Ts': trade, transparency and tax.”

 

 

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