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Week In The News: Obama On Economy, Weiner, Royal Baby

Obama on the economy. Anthony Weiner exposed again. A royal baby. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, left, listens as his wife, Huma Abedin, speaks during a news conference on July 23, 2013, in New York. The former congressman says he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman. (Kathy Willens/AP)

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, left, listens as his wife, Huma Abedin, speaks during a news conference on July 23, 2013, in New York. The former congressman says he’s not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman. (Kathy Willens/AP)

A royal baby and Anthony Weiner’s shamlessness ate up the air time this week. But there was much more.  Egypt, moving dangerously again.  Congress, in a narrow, hard fought vote to sustain NSA surveillance.  A huge, top hedge fund indicted on insider trading.  A stopgap vote on student loans.  Attorney General Eric Holder moves to keep a grip on Texas voting.  A train goes fatally off the rails in Spain.  The pope goes to Brazil. And the president makes his case, again, for the middle class in U.S. economy.

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

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Annie Lowrey, economic policy reporter for The New York Times. (@AnnieLowrey)

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

The New York Times: Obama Focuses on Economy, Vowing to Help Middle Class: “In speeches in two small college towns in the Midwest, Mr. Obama lamented that typical Americans had been left behind by globalization, Wall Street irresponsibility and Washington policies, while the richest Americans had accumulated more wealth. He declared it “my highest priority” to reverse those trends, while accusing other politicians of not only ignoring the problem but also making it worse.”

The Washington Post: Anthony Weiner’s Sexual Behavior May Have Underlying Issues: “But doctors, clinical psychologists and sex therapists differ on the role of biology, as well as issues such as anxiety, depression and insecurity.”

USA Today: Worst Spain Train Crash In Decades: “Officials said initially that the crash, which occurred on the eve of a local Christian festival, appeared to be an accident, not terrorism.”

BBC: Royal Baby: Why George Alexander Louis?: “Of the three names, it is the significance of the third that is most obvious. Louis immediately makes one think of Louis Mountbatten, uncle of Prince Philip and last viceroy of India, who was killed by the IRA in a bomb attack on his yacht.”

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On Wednesday, July 24, a high-speed train derailed in Spain, killing more than 70:

Also on Wednesday, President Obama spoke at University of Central Missouri about education and the economy:

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