Sochi medals. A debt-ceiling deal. Monsieur Hollande in Washington. Snowmageddon in the South. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Upside down weather this week. Sixty degrees at Sochi’s Winter Olympics and snowmageddon in the American South. New weather in Washington, too. Republican votes putting a debt ceiling hike over the top. No conditions. Tea Party not happy. Comcast moves to buy Time Warner Cable. You know where they got all that money. The N.F.L. may get its first openly gay player, Michael Sam. The French president comes visiting. And the White House orders another delay in the rollout of Obamacare. This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
— Tom Ashbrook
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.
From Tom’s Reading List
Washington Post: The Four Most Notable Nuggets From ‘The Hillary Papers’ — “Republicans are seizing Monday on a report published Sunday titled “The Hillary Papers.” The lengthy piece from the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news Web site, details personal documents from one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest friends, Diane Blair, a political science professor who died in 2000.”
CNN: The Southern snow was round one; here comes ice, the heavyweight –” The snow was here, two weeks ago. With just a smattering of white, it wreaked havoc on the South. But it may have been just an opening round. Now, an ice storm is hitting. And matched with snow, it’s the heavyweight of the two. Weather mavens expect up to an inch of ice will give broad swaths of the South a good shellacking. An inch doesn’t sound impressive? A foot of snow may look big and bad, but it’s a bunch of fluff compared to a solid inch of ice.”
Politico: Obamacare finally clears the tower — “The new report is good enough that it might reset Washington’s expectations: maybe Obamacare isn’t going to be a train wreck after all. Maybe it’ll be more like one of those Metro trains that runs kind of slowly, and sometimes stops in the middle of the tracks for no apparent reason, but eventually gets you where you need to go.”