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Week In The News: Terror Threat, Summit Canceled, A-Rod’s Punishment

With John Harwood in for Tom Ashbrook.

Obama cancels on Russia. New terror threats. A-Rod’s punishment. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama has canceled plans to meet with Putin in Moscow next month. (AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama has canceled plans to meet with Putin in Moscow next month. (AP)

Two years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, suddenly al Qaeda seems capable of hitting us again – enough that the Obama administration closed 20 embassies. now, a new threat in Pakistan. What’s happened? And what about that reset with Russia, now that the president canceled a planned September summit in Moscow

Here at home, members of Congress are back in their districts are trying to figure out what to do about the budget. And baseball suspends Alex Rodriguez – but lets him rejoin the Yankees lineup anyway.

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

Guests

Martha Raddatz, chief global affairs correspondent for ABC News. (@martharaddatz)

Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. (@byronyork)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

The Washington Post: Obama cancels summit meeting with Putin over Snowden case — “President Obama canceled an upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, a rare, deliberate snub that reflects the fresh damage done by the Edward Snowden case to an important relationship already in decline.”

CNN: More suspected al Qaeda militants killed as drone strikes intensify in Yemen — “Drone strikes against militants in Yemen are intensifying as the U.S. Embassy there and in other Middle Eastern and African countries remain closed amid terrorism fears. Seven suspected U.S. drone strikes have been reported in the past two weeks alone. They have killed at least 31 people, according to a tally by Yemeni officials.”

ESPN: A-Rod formally appeals suspension — “The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an independent arbitrator. Union spokesman Greg Bouris confirmed the appeal and said the players’ association had no further comment.”

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