90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Egypt, Firefighters, Healthcare Delay

Egypt in crisis. Arizona’s firefighter tragedy. A big delay for healthcare reform. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Egyptians celebrate in front of the constitutional court after Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the nation's interim president Thursday, July 4, 2013. Arabic reads, " bye bye Morsi." (AP)

Egyptians celebrate in front of the constitutional court after Egypt’s chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the nation’s interim president Thursday, July 4, 2013. Arabic reads, ” bye bye Morsi.” (AP)

What do you call the overthrow of an elected president by massive crowds and soldiers?  Coup?  Revolution?  This week, we called it Egypt.  Mohamed Morsi, out.  Muslim Brotherhood leaders in jail.  Egypt’s historic experiment with democracy, way up in the air.

In Arizona, an astonishing firefighter death toll.  Nineteen, and sorrow.  In Washington, the Obama administration retreats, delays on health care reform’s “employer mandate.”  Europe rages at US surveillance.  Snowden, Zimmerman still dangling.

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

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. Author of “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.” (@sangernyt)

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

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN: Egypt’s security forces move against Muslim Brotherhood -- “Egypt’s top prosecutor has issued an order preventing deposed President Mohamed Morsy and 35 others, including the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, from leaving the country while authorities investigate allegations they ‘incited to commit violent crimes and kill peaceful protesters,’ state media reported Thursday, citing the prosecutor’s office.”

USA Today: Businesses react to health care act delay – “Businesses reacted with relief to the Obama administration’s decision to give large and midsize employers until 2015 to provide health care coverage for their workers or face fines.”

Los Angeles Times: As Arizona fire rages, scientists warn of more unpredictable blazes – “The analytical work performed by fire scientists here at the National Interagency Fire Center also confirms what seems anecdotally evident: Wildfires are getting bigger — the average fire is now five times as large as it was in the 1980s — and these enormous conflagrations have a breathtaking facility to dance and grow. Unforeseen winds are swerving and turning on fire crews, and it’s no longer unusual for fires to double in size in a day.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Dec 18, 2014
This handout photo from the Twitter account of Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. shows Alan Gross arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The US and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War, American officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Following months of secret talks the US will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than fifty years.

Dec 18, 2014
A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP)

A big Sony hack gets weirder and wider. And Hollywood and Homeland Security are on edge.

RECENT
SHOWS
Dec 17, 2014
Germany's Andre Schuerrle, left, celebrates scoring his side's 6th goal as Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar reacts during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  Germany went on to win the World Cup championship later that month. (AP)

From the Sochi Olympics and Ray Rice to Lebron’s return to Cleveland, we’ll unpack a big year in sports.

 
Dec 17, 2014
Relatives of a victim of a Taliban attack in a school, mourn over her lifeless body at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP)

The Taliban take responsibility for killing more than 100 Pakistani schoolchildren. We ask why there, why now.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Cosby Accuser Beverly Johnson: ‘He's A Black Man. I Had To Separate The Trayvon Martins, The Michael Browns From What Happened To Me’
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014

Beverly Johnson accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging her in a high-profile Vanity Fair column. She tells us why she waited so long to share her story, and why it was even harder to share now.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: December 12, 2014
Friday, Dec 12, 2014

On listener engagement, the meeting of trans-Atlantic royalty and the elusive origins of the chicken. (We promise this feed hasn’t been taken over the BBC…yet)

More »
Comment
 
Quinn Sullivan, LIVE In Our Studio
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014

Fifteen-year old Quinn Sullivan is a humble, “ordinary” high school sophomore. But he’s also a blues guitar phenom. He brought his talents to the On Point studio today.

More »
Comment