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Week In The News: CIA, Overtime, A Missing Airline

Prison sentences. Overtime pay. The C.I.A. versus the Senate. And Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

In this March 9, 2014 satellite image seen on the website of the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, floating objects are seen at sea next to the red arrow which was added by the source. China's Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that the images show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam. (AP)

In this March 9, 2014 satellite image seen on the website of the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, floating objects are seen at sea next to the red arrow which was added by the source. China’s Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that the images show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner floating off the southern tip of Vietnam. (AP)

The plane that couldn’t be found was all over the news this week.  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  Vanished.  But plenty more news very visible.  Russian troops, massed along Ukraine’s border – and many across it as Crimea prepares for a Sunday vote on secession.  Big threats from the U.S. and Europe.  Moscow, plowing ahead.  The CIA and the Senate at war.  The President pushes for more overtime pay for wage earners.  Eric Holder would trim drug offender prison sentences.  G.M. recalls.  A corner of New York explodes.  This hour On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

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Nancy Cordes, Congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

Josh Lederman, White House reporter for the Associated Press. (@JoshLedermanAP)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today: CIA has a lot of explaining to do — “Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, isn’t one to throw bombs. Unlike congressional gadflies who abuse their oversight power to afflict their political enemies and make a name for themselves, the veteran California Democrat has been a responsible and low-key supporter of the intelligence community. So when Feinstein takes to the Senate floor to level explosive charges against the CIA, as she did on Tuesday, attention should be paid.”

The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Investigators Suspect Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Flew On for Hours –”U.S. counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection, according to one person tracking the probe.”

Mashable: How President Obama Ended Up on ‘Between Two Ferns’ – “As funny (and awkward) as the video may be at times, there was a larger goal in mind. The Obama administration is eager to find ways to engage with young Americans and get them to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Between Two Ferns and its parent site, Funny or Die, are part of that effort.”

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